Get a Harvard education without leaving your home

Most people think of iTunes as a place for music, shows and app, but it’s also a library of education, literally.

iTunes has a section called iTunes U, which has an ever-growing collection of educational courses from institutions around the world such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT. You can freely access more than 800 000 resources on every topic from how to create origami art to how to bake a scuffle to how to start a startup company. iTunes is brilliant if you’re wanting to learn something new, add to what you already know, or bring in courses or lectures into your own classrooms if you’re a teacher. iTunes U can be accessed on your MacBook iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and has a lot of interactive features to make learning and teaching fun, engaging and stimulating.

Students will love that…

  • They can pose questions on the course or any post or assignment
  • Other students in the class can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers
  • Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses
  • They can see all assignments and updates from the instructor in one place, and check off assignments as you complete them
  • They can take notes and highlight text in iBooks and see them consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app
  • They can take course notes in class, or while playing audio or video lectures inside of iTunes U
  • They can access course materials, including audio, video, books, documents and presentations, apps and iBooks textbooks
  • They can share their favourite courses with friends viaTwitter, Facebook, Mail and Messages

Teachers will love that…

  • They can now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app on their iPad—getting started is fast, simple and completely free
  • They can provide every student a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, easily track participating students, and much more
  • They can take advantage of the built in camera on iPad to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments
  • They can create materials using Pages, Numbers and Keynote—or other apps from the App Store—and add them to your course by using “Open in iTunes U” from within each app
  • If they’re affiliated with qualified institutions have the option to publish their courses to the iTunes U Catalogue—making them available to everyone for free  

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