After the blow-away announcement of iBooks 2 and interactive textbooks in the first half of today’s education-based media event, Apple also introduce an improved iTunes U. As many of you may know, iTunes U is the education podcast section of the iTunes Store wherein universities can distribute educational material. Over 1000 universities use iTunes U, […]
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Apple Expands Scope of iTunes U

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After the blow-away announcement of iBooks 2 and interactive textbooks in the first half of today’s education-based media event, Apple also introduce an improved iTunes U. As many of you may know, iTunes U is the education podcast section of the iTunes Store wherein universities can distribute educational material. Over 1000 universities use iTunes U, and over 700 million downloads have taken place since it’s inception.

As of today, Apple has expanded iTunes U from audio and video podcasts to a full application, which gives students access to free material and for the first time allows schools to use iTunes U as a platform for education. That is, schools can now create courses complete with web-based tools that allows instructors to build a course complete with a syllabus, handouts, quizzes and other goodies.

Courses are generally open to anyone, but schools do have the option to restrict access only to students. At any rate, there are already 100 courses ready for iOS with more well on their way. Schools such as Yale, Duke, MIT and Standford are all on board.

You can get the new iTunes U iPad app for free on the App Store.

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