Brilliant. And funny.
Iv'e recently written a couple of entries about schools offering lectures as podcasts. There are a few people worried that if students can download lectures that they'll stop attending class. I don't think that's going to be all that big of a problem and some preliminary evidence is showing that it's not a big issue.
I went to college, not university. In my classes we had what I would consider a reasonable 20 - 30 students. Some of my university counterparts, however, would take classes in lecture halls filled with literally hundreds of students.
Not having had the experience myself, I have to ask: what's the difference between an instructor lecturing 200 students and a podcast? Is the two-way opportunity to ask questions really present with such a large audience? I feel that it isn't and therefore those students may as well listen to a podcast.
What say you?