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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

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

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

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
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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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