Gordon in the News: last updated 12/01/2006

Gordon Launches Podcast Site Through Apple’s iTunes U

November 16, 2006

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-On the heels of its website re-design, Gordon College launched a new podcast site today providing anyone with internet capabilities an opportunity to virtually experience campus activities from visiting lecturers and music concerts, to student-produced video journals and sporting event coverage. The podcast is hosted on Apples' newly introduced educational software interface - iTunes U.

"Gordon is one of the first colleges in the country to deploy educational services through 21st Century tools," said Brent Frey, Apple Educational Development Manager.

Gordon's iTunes U podcast can be accessed at http://www.gordon.edu/podcast. The site features the categories listed below and will continue to include new activities as content becomes available. Visitors to the Gordon podcast can also subscribe to receive automatic updates in their personal iTunes account.      

Seasonal Spotlight - Recent seasonal events from both on & off campus. The current spotlight features History Alive, the professional acting group of Gordon College, production "Cry Innocent" performing live in historic Salem's Old Town Hall.

Gordon Pulpit - Presentations at on-campus chapel services.

Speakers Corner - Features on-campus speakers and visiting lecturers.·

Life at Gordon College - View student produced videos or listen to Gordon garage bands.

Concert Hall - Selected concerts featuring music faculty from the Gordon Music Department.

Fighting Scots - Video highlights of athletic events.

"We are pleased to launch the Gordon podcast to provide an easy way for our alumni, parents, current and prospective students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about Gordon, to get a virtual glimpse of the quality events and learning opportunities that take place here," says Pat Jones, Director of College Communications at Gordon.

In the spring of '06, Apple Computer, Inc. announced the release of iTunes U to colleges and universities. iTunes U is a free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to their educational content, including lectures and interviews, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Based on the same easy-to-use technology of the iTunes Store, iTunes U also offers typical Apple simplicity and portability. Through iTunes U, students can download content to their Macs or PCs, or transfer it to an iPod for listening or viewing on the go.

The podcast site was made possible by a grant from the Kendrick Foundation. To learn more please visit the Gordon podcast site at http://www.gordon.edu/podcast.

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Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.