Not only did Apple introduce a brand new iBooks app and digital interactive textbooks during today’s event, Apple also introduced an iTunes U application for iPad. The company turned its free educational podcast section in the iTunes store into an app. iTunes U allows college students to view course materials, receive updates from their teachers, and even sign up for classes. Also, anyone can view the iTunes U content.
The all-new iTunes U app lets teachers create and manage courses including essential components such as lectures, assignments, books, quizzes and syllabuses and offer them to millions of iOS users around the world.
The new iTunes U app is a huge leap from audio and video lectures to a full-fleged learning app. Which also allows non-traditional students to access huge amounts of free content. Courses are created via the iTunes U course Manager, a web-based tool that allows teachers to build a course that includes a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and much more.
iTunes U lets you take a complete course on your iPad. View the course overview, instructor biography, and course outline. Read posts and keep track of your completed assignments. Watch videos directly within the app, read books, and view all your course notes in one place. Receive push notifications alerting you to new posts from the instructor. And iCloud keeps your notes, highlights, and bookmarks up to date on all your devices.
iTunes U for iOS has more than 100 courses already optimized for iOS, with more along the way. The app is a free download for iPad and iPhone on the App Store.