Teaching: Dial-a-Course

When New York's small and conservative Ithaca College* presses some modern communications technology into use in the fall of 1965, any student on the school's new $20 million campus will be able to pick up the phone in his room, dial an archive of magnetic tapes, and hear any classroom lecture in philosophy, history or English that he happens to have missed. The plan, probably the first in the U.S., is aimed at students who cannot show up for class because of illness or scheduling conflicts, and at industrious pupils who want to hear a lecture repeated before taking...

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