I think it was only a matter of time until devices such as iPods became a learning tool. Forward-thinking universities such as Duke and Stanford encourage their students to download audio content to their iPods to listen to lectures, school information, and even use them as tools to help students collaborate on projects. Check out the story here.
To me, this is the future of learning. When I was in college, students were really just discovering e-mail and the Internet. Even just having a computer (instead of some bulky, two-ton typewriter) to help you write papers was a great advantage. This goes WAY beyond audio books and Cliff’s notes.