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iTunes U: Learning and Research Channel for Students, Showcase to the World. Terese Bird, Learning Technologist & SCORE Research Fellow University of Leicester HEA Annual Conference, 3 July 2012. SPIDER Project www.le.ac.uk /spider. What will we talk about?. iTunes U FAQs

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Itunes u learning and research channel for students showcase to the world
iTunes U:Learning and Research Channel for Students,Showcase to the World

Terese Bird, Learning Technologist & SCORE Research Fellow

University of Leicester

HEA Annual Conference, 3 July 2012


Itunes u learning and research channel for students showcase to the world

SPIDER Project www.le.ac.uk/spider


What will we talk about
What will we talk about?

  • iTunes U FAQs

  • How universities make use of iTunes U

  • International reach

  • Sustainability & VLE connection

Photo courtesy of womensnet_gallery, Flickr


Itunes u free learning since 2007
iTunes U: free learning since 2007


Itunes u how to
iTunes U how to


Itunes u v youtube
iTunes U vYouTube


How universities make use of itunes u
How universities make use of iTunes U

  • Both current learning and marketing

  • “It’s the great learning material that brings the registrations.” (Bean, 2011)

  • Research vignettes

  • Library and resources

  • Usually both iTunes U and YouTube







New models of distributing learning materials1
New models of distributing learning materials

Dredge, 2012)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/appsblog/2012/apr/03/open-university-itunes-u-app


International reach
International reach

3 June 2008 – 2 January 2012



International reach use twitter evidence 31 aug 7 sept 2011 itunes u tweets bird 2012
International reachUse – Twitter evidence31 Aug – 7 Sept 2011 iTunes U tweets (Bird, 2012)





Complement to vle not a substitute
Complement to VLE, not a substitute

  • Public

  • Shared with students and the world

  • ‘Courses’ which start out free, then if you want more, you must pay

  • Sustainable – Apple is world’s largest company


The leicester approach
The Leicester approach

  • Already have YouTube

  • Building a web-based OER channel and iTunes U at the same time

  • Academics love idea of iTunes U

  • Pockets of podcasting, recording, streaming video – we are capturing and adding logo

  • Slowly but surely


Itunes u learning and research channel for students showcase to the world

What’s your approach?Bean, M. (Open U. (2011). Martin Bean Presentation on Open University’s iTunes U Channel. London.Bird, T. (2012). SPIDER: Shared Practice with iTunes U Digital Educational Resources (p. 26).Dredge, S. (2012). Open University signs up 1m subscribers on Apple’s iTunes U. Guardian website. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/appsblog/2012/apr/03/open-university-itunes-u-app



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