iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad

iTunes U gets an overhaul, allows students to interact with the whole curriculum on the iPad
At its NYC event today, Apple announced an overhaul to iTunes U, its educational application. Created in 2007 with the aim to provide teachers and students with related content, it saw over 700 million downloads to date.

With the announcement of the new interactive textbooks in iBooks 2, and the tools for creating them, Apple wants to leverage iTunes U on the iPad as well. There will be a dedicated app, and complete courses from renowned universities and professors. Teachers can post assignments to all students, which will appear as notifications, and after you complete a certain chapter, which will be available digitally, of course, the assignment can be checked finished.

Syllabi sharing will also be available, for those who want to exchange best practices, or simply piggyback on efforts of others to create a contemporary study course on a given subject to learn from the comfort of their iPad.

Overall, you get interactive courses with hyperlinked reading material, images, video and other multimedia, which you can share and interact over with other students and the professor, complete collaborative assignments, and the app will mark your progress. This new iTunes U experience is integrated with iBooks 2 as well, since that's where the interactive textbooks are.

Some major universities already have curriculum uploaded there, more are on the way, and K-12 students will now also have access to the dynamic course materials.

The iTunes U app is free and is available today at 123 countries, and the only requirement for its new full potential is to get an iPad, of course.

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21 Comments

1. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

"Apple overhauls applications to devise ways to overcharge for pre-existing media"

10. stealthd unregistered

By "pre-existing media", do you mean the current digital textbooks which suck, or the paper text books which are significantly more expensive than these new digital textbooks?

2. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

And Android Trolls continue to whine about features they don't have.

6. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The truth hurts bitch ebooks were hiked by apple. now its the new standard. do you think they're being philanthropic with their 60% iphone gross margins? furthermore, what makes you think i dont own apple products and am simultaneously disgusted? you're so stupid, i laugh with pity for your very existence

11. stealthd unregistered

Please, point out the "hike" you speak of. Oh wait, there isn't one.

15. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Apple is under investigation for price fixing for ebooks by the US Justice Department oh wait, you're an uninformed barista http://www.theverge.com/2011/12/7/2619048/us-justice-department-also-investigating-apple-and-others-for-ebook

18. stealthd unregistered

That's still not a price hike. Oh wait, you can't read.

21. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

in this comment we debate the definition of hike vs increase theyre synonymous

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> ebooks were hiked by apple. Apple doesn't set the price of the ebooks. Those prices are set by the publishers themselves. Apple is just an agent (i.e. the agency model) providing the transation/platform medium for said market, respectively.

16. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Oh right, lets give apple a pass because you like giving up money for an arbitrary 50% price hike based on corporate greed that becomes untaxed profit. who cares? good call

17. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

additionally, it is collusion and i hope the justice department applies the Rico statute against everyone involved

19. stealthd unregistered

Actually, RICO doesn't apply to price fixing. At all. Oh wait, you still can't read. Everything you learned about law you learned from The Dark Knight.

20. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

you're right, its not RICO. its antitrust noticed that you didnt dispute the price fixing or the validity of collusion. ho hum petty insults dont make up for the fact that you make minimum wage

3. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Why is anyone who speaks against Apple automatically branded an Android troll?

9. stealthd unregistered

Because there's a difference between criticism and prejudiced fanboy bashing. Among phonearena's comments, there's a lot of the latter and not so much of the former.

14. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

> Why is anyone who speaks against Apple automatically branded an Android troll? Only applies to those handles that are proud of their android union card-carrying status and trolls for fun. Trust me, it's not hard to ID the hard-core android trolls on this site.

4. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

@mass88- its funny cos most iphone users complain about certain missing functionalities in IOS n pple think they are android trolls.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Whats the point in all this when not ALL schools dont have MAC'S or Ipads. Sounds dumb if you ask me

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Maybe some schools will look into it getting some and I think thats what Apple's hoping for.

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And now google will copy this move by Apple, and fandroids will say that this is the most logical next step, right? Lol

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

if you say so will enjoy the copied version while your loose your sleep thinking how sinful Google. :) haters will hate

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