Recently, there’s been some buzz around campus about the new J-School requirement for freshman in Fall 2009: they’ll be required to purchase an iPhone or iPod Touch, though some will receive it free if they purchase a laptop bundle through TigerTech.
I’m Academic Affairs Chair for the Missouri Students Association, and we received a lot of concerns from J-school students about the requirement. Even though it will only affect incoming freshmen, they wanted to voice their opinions. And because we advocate for students, we wanted to make sure their voices were heard. So we made a resolution to collect as many opinions as we could and form a recommendation to School of Journalism administrators that details both our ideas of support and of concern for the new requirement.
We’ll be finishing that letter this week and have talked to a lot of people, but we want to get as many more student, alumni and faculty opinions as we can first. If you need more information on what, exactly, the requirement will be, there’s plenty of articles floating around with explanations straight from Dean Brooks, but if you have any specific questions I can try to redirect you to where they can be answered. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
But what I need from you are your opinions. If you have just a moment or two, I’d really appreciate it if you would comment here OR email me at email@example.com with your thoughts. Feel free to send me any free-form input….if you aren’t sure what to say, here are a few questions to get you started…
* How do you think you might have benefitted from an iPhone or iPod Touch during your time so far at the J-School? Or if you have one already— how have you?
* If a current student: would you download lectures to your iPhone or iPod Touch in order to rewatch them, specifically from J1010 and J1100?
*If a faculty member: How would you use this device as part of instruction or enhancement of student learning?
*If alumni: How are your newsrooms, communication firms or other places of employment affected by, or how do they use, mobile devices?
* Are there any purchases, technological or otherwise, that you think are necessary for incoming journalism students?
Thanks so much for your input— it’s greatly appreciated! Your name/contact info will not be used in the recommendation in any way; we are simply trying to get opinions from a variety of individuals.
Please feel free to comment or, if you’d prefer, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org— and please do not hesitate to pass this on!