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Now in Session, Bowdoin College on iTunes U

Story posted May 31, 2007

Feel like watching art animations? Interested in breakthroughs in science? How about getting insider info on college financial aid?

That is just a sampling of the free downloadable video and audio content now available from Bowdoin College. The top-tier liberal arts college was one of only 16 colleges and universities selected by Apple to help launch iTunes U on Wednesday, May 30, 2007.

The computer giant developed iTunes U as a place within the iTunes Music Store where users can download free content from a variety of colleges and universities, including lectures, language lessons, sports highlights, campus tours and interviews.

Downloaded material — including live streamcasts of some Bowdoin athletic games &mdash can be viewed on video-capable iPods and AppleTV players, and audio content can be played on a variety of media, including iPods, MP3 players and phones.

Among the highlights of Bowdoin College on iTunes U site is a guided audio-video tour through the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum; a video of Bowdoin's world-competitive team of soccer-playing robot dogs; and public talks by visiting high-profile speakers, including Robert Reich, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tracy Kidder.

Bowdoin is the only undergraduate institution currently providing educational material on iTunes U.

Bowdoin CIO Mitchel W. Davis said the quality of content on Bowdoin's Web site caught the eye of iTunes U developers, who asked the college to participate in the launch of the new product.

"Bowdoin is a dynamic campus where technology is part of the liberal arts education," Davis noted. "Our iTunes U participation opens up to a global audience so many avenues of information already available at the College — from academic information to trends in higher education, new research, campus information and wonderfully creative examples of student work."

"I'm absolutely happy that we were selected by Apple," added webmaster Mark Leaman, who oversaw the project. "Our iTunes U presence gives new and potential students a dynamic portal for learning more about the range of learning taking place here and offers alumni a wonderful way to stay connected."

Visit Bowdoin College on iTunes U.

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