What is i-Tunes U? According to Apple’s web site:
If you’re an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
According to the article iTunes 2.0: Not Perfect, Just Awesome, iTunes U just expanded onto mobile apps and the iPad. Apple says:
The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information. The iTunes U app integrates with iBooks, iCloud, and other apps to make it easy for students to keep up with your course. For example, new iBooks textbooks2 and other books for the course are available right from the app, where students can tap them to start reading the assigned chapter. Notes taken in iBooks are consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app. If an assignment includes watching part of a video, one tap goes straight to a specific spot in the video. And iTunes U keeps documents, notes, highlights, and bookmarks up to date across multiple devices.
Tiffany Jenkins, who submitted this says: “I never thought that iTunes would create a app that dealt with education, as a source to keep others learning new things everyday. But reading through the article I learned about the interest and dislike people had pertaining to this app. Good things were that it had videos to be watched, and lectures on important courses/subjects given in school. The bad things were that it didn’t allow people to comment or add anything (making it less of a social network), there weren’t many follow up videos/lectures to the 101: introduction courses, and it didn’t carry information on every matter or issue. Having created such an app like this definitely makes me feel good for the future of Apple; keeping the influential element while always having some new up their sleeves.”