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10 January 2013
HOWTO: Enhance Course Materials with iTunes U
by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
Hot on the heels of my
, I have prepared another entitled, Apple TV: “Out of the Living Room and into the Classroom” presentation Enhance Course Materials with iTunes U. This presentation was held on January 10th, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00PM in Poling Hall, Room 201 on the Ivy Tech Columbus campus.
In this post, you will find my presentation outline that includes all the links (and a few more) shared during my 45 minute talk. As always, feel free to add comments or ask questions using the comments section at the bottom of this post.
About the presentation
Who are the Mac, iPad or iPhone users in the room?
Who are the PC users in the room?
Gateway to iTunes U
Download available for Mac and PC iTunes features include:
Music - search, purchase and download music
Movies - search, purchase and download movies
TV Shows - search, purchase and download TV Shows
App Store - search, purchase and download iOS apps
Books - search, purchase books to read in iBooks
Podcasts - search and subscribe to podcasts
iTunes U - search and subscribe to educational content (the main topic of today’s conversation)
Link to iTunes content to share online or within a course management system system such as Blackboard
Locate and create a link demonstration - the secret sauce
Gateway to amazing, and free, instructional resources
Accessible through iTunes
Content from a wide variety of K–12 and higher education providers
Review all content entirely before adding to your own course materials
Follow iTunes U on twitter to learn about new content additions Learn more on the
Apple iTunes U page Sample iTunes U Resources
Let’s take a look at some unique iTunes U content available for your course:
iTunes U Course Manager
Free. browser based, online content management system to consolidate iTunes U and traditional course resources
iTunes U Course Manager Supplement your traditional course materials
Easy to maintain and manage
Does not include collaboration or assessment tools
iTunes U Course Manager demonstration
Optional companion product to iTunes U Course Manager
Free in the
Mac App Store Simple to use electronic book authoring
Interactive components to enhance content
iBooks OS X
iTunes U iOS App
It all comes together for the student in the
iTunes U iOS app for iPhone and iPad Provides access to course content including:
About the course
Posts - formatted weekly
Notes - consolidated and can be shared from the app
Materials - consolidated
iTunes U iOS app demonstration
iBooks iOS App
Access to the entire collection of books in the iTunes store
iBooks to view the course textbook on an iPhone or iPad iBooks demonstration
Its free, so give it a try
Include a few resources from iTunes U within your current course materials
Slowly add resources to a closed course within the iTunes U Course Manager
Finalize and publish your course for students to access
Self publish your own textbook
Drop a comment below and share your experiences
Questions and Discussion
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