The level of excitement has been high since Thursday, thanks to the arrival of iTunes U app. Harvard University is now adding its science + cooking lectures from its school of Engineering and Science for something that would seem to be an interesting public offering.
Titles like ‘Olive Oil and Viscosity’ and ‘Meat Glue Mania’ sound intriguing.
The users of iPad or iPhone can use iTunes U and access the free classes online being hosted on iTunes U. This new standalone app should be seen as a great help and boon to users and educators. The Inside Higher Ed website is highlighting material from Harrisburg Community College. Here, there are free courses in differential equations and astronomy. It is the first iTunes U offering from a community college.
Apple had approached some major educational institutions last year to start preparing the courses, and the app contains content from universities like Duke, Cornell and Yale universities. Older versions of iTunes U that were introduced in 2006, offered audio and video podcasts. However, this new app provides self-contained courses and allows users to download handouts and worksheets that they can refer to (when needed) while listening to a recorded lecture.