6. iTunes U And Open Content In The Papers
“It was a perfectly ordinary lecture I gave to an audience, but the University asked me if I’d mind if they recorded it and made a podcast,” said Talbot last week. “The next thing I knew it had hit No 1.” Her talk, A romp through the history of philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the present day, had topped the list of most-downloaded items on iTunes U.
Talbot, Director of Studies in Philosophy at the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford, had no idea how far her lecture was spreading. “Apparently the number of downloads is 5,000 a week,” she said. “It’s extraordinary. It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that throughout the world 5,000 people are downloading my lecture every week.”
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