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iTunes University

By Sally Finley - Posted Sep 1, 2014
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Company: Apple, Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014; 800-676-2775; website: apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u

Price: No charge

Audience: K–12, College, Adult

Format: Works in conjunction with iTunes.

System Requirements: iTunes University can be used on a PC or Mac computer and requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Requires an Apple ID set up for use on the iTunes Store.

 

REPORT CARD
Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A+
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Description: iTunes University provides free access to complete courses taught by instructors from leading universities and schools. It is also a web-based tool that lets educators build courses for their own
students.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: iTunes University can be accessed from a computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. All it takes is a free download of the Apple iTunes program on the computer. It requires an Apple ID setup. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The content includes more than 750,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects.

Each course includes assignments and updates from the instructor. The user can take notes in class or while playing audio or video lectures. Text can be highlighted in iBooks.

State and county education departments can provide content for K–12 students and educators. Teachers can also create their owncourses tailor-made for their students.

The main page gives the option of browsing selections by school subject, most downloaded, or noteworthy courses.

iTunes Course Manager helps educators build their own customized courses that are accessed on an Apple iPad. Everything from materials, study notes, and assignments is available anytime to help students stay organized. Using the iTunes app, students can enroll in a teacher’s course and download all course materials when connected to Wi-Fi. New posts can be added to the course anytime to adjust the learning or update the lessons.

A course outline defines expectations. Activities and resources are added to the course through the Course Manager. Resources such as multi-touch books, news articles, and handouts can be provided as well as apps, videos, and websites. An excellent guide called iTune U Course Guidelines describes the process of creating a course in detail. Content/Features Rating: A+

Ease of Use: iTunes works much the same as the other sections within iTunes and is just as easy to use. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: A user guide provides helpful information. Once iTunes is downloaded to your device, click on Help and then on video tutorial. The Apple website gives specific information on downloading to mobile devices. Users can request online support to be connected to an expert. An excellent resource guide called the Do It Yourself Scholar is available at diyscholar.wordpress.com/guide-to-itunesu. It provides tips on general browsing, searching, lectures, and outstanding collections. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: The Apple iTunes application is an easy-to-use tool for people who want to experience higher learning anywhere, anytime at no charge. It is perfect for the lifelong learner who loves to learn. Although there is no credit attached to completing a course, it would be a valuable supplement for college students, providing content to them in a new manner on a topic they are currently studying.

The most exciting feature is the ability for educators to create their own courses on the Apple iPad using Course Manager. iTunes U courses foster collaboration by allowing up to five contributors to add content to a single course. Course Manager makes it easy to share ideas, materials, and course management with other teachers in your school, district, or around the world. I highly recommend this exciting, new technology tool. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley, Educational Consultant, Coral Springs, Florida. sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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