02 Aug

iTunes U: University Lectures Online

Let’s face it-college can be intimidating. For their entire high school careers, students hear how hard it is going to be to get into college; and how much harder the courses will be when they do get in. Even the best student can be a little worried about what is to come.

Luckily, a recent coordination between iTunes and several prominent colleges may help assuage those fears. Through a program called iTunes U, colleges can (and do!) offer downloads of audio and video files created by their faculty. That means that your student can download lectures from real university courses and listen to them on a computer or an iPod.

According to Apple.com, over 50% of the top 500 U.S. colleges are already using iTunes U (including UC Berkley, Stanford, and Duke) to make course materials available to their students. Some schools also choose to make this media available to parents, alumni, or even the general public. Other schools (like UCLA) offer podcasts, as well.

Browse around and see if any of the publicly available media interests you or your student. It will give you and your child a better idea of what to expect in the coming years, and at the same time you might even learn something new!

You can learn more and access iTunes U at http://www.apple.com/education/itunesu/.

All the best,
Deborah Fox

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