This is the modern way. It is not just the Arctic Monkeys and the Kaiser Chiefs. Leicester University student Adrian Carey’s iPod playlist includes the catchy and unusual title Fibreoptic Communication Systems. The 10-minute “profcast” is the latest release from the university’s distance-learning department. Once a week the lecturer records a summary of the week’s assignments, together with support, advice and suggestions for further study, which students can upload to their iPods or MP3 players.