TUAW's reporting that Brian Brooks, Dean of University of Missouri's Journalism School is requiring that students have an iPhone or iPod touch. Why? So they can keep digital recordings of their lectures handy and listen to them more than once. Seems -- shock and disbelief -- repetition enhances learning.

Required is a key word, since it allows students to include the iPhone cost for their financial aid. They won't insist students have one, however, or -- apparently -- give detention to anyone who shows up with a Zune instead...

Hey, maybe they should just record every lecture as a podcast and put it up on iTunes U? : )