Your students will experience the courses you build using the free iTunes U app for iPad. It’s a powerful app that lets students have all the materials for the course right at their fingertips.
An entire course in one app.
From the iTunes U app, students can play video or audio lectures and take notes that are synchronized with the lecture. They can read books and view presentations. See a list of all the assignments for the course and check them off as they’re completed. And when you send a message or create a new assignment, students receive a push notification with the new information.1 Learn more about the iTunes U app for students
Everything works together.
The iTunes U app integrates with iBooks and other apps to make it easy for students to keep up with your course. For example, new iBooks textbooks2 and other books for the course are available right from the app. Students simply tap them to start reading the assigned chapter. Notes taken in iBooks are consolidated for easy reviewing in the iTunes U app. If an assignment includes watching part of a video, one tap can go straight to a specific segment. And iTunes U keeps documents, notes, highlights, and bookmarks up to date across multiple devices.
iTunes U Course Manager — an easy-to-use, browser-based tool from Apple — lets you create a complete course using all of your digital materials.
What’s in a course.
Your iTunes U courses can include all the items you would use in a traditional course: a syllabus, handouts, quizzes, and so on. And they can include your own video and audio lectures as well as interactive elements such as content and links from the Internet, iBooks, App Store, and iTunes Store. You can also add materials from among the 600,000-plus free public resources in the iTunes U catalog, including audio and video content from museums, universities, cultural institutions, and more.
Read iTunes U course guidelines (PDF)
How to build a course.
The onscreen instructions in iTunes U Course Manager guide you through the process of adding materials, and everything you upload is hosted by Apple and available to anyone taking the course. You can easily duplicate your course, make modifications, and use it for a new class. And up to five teachers can collaborate on a single course.
iTunes U Course Materials
- Audio and video
- iBooks textbooks for iPad
- ePub books
- iOS apps
- Web links
Deliver it to your students.
To get your course to your students, simply invite them to enroll in it with a code or URL that allows them to request enrollment. This private course distribution is available to all teachers who sign up for iTunes U — regardless of whether your school or institution is enrolled in the program.3
No matter what subject you teach or where you teach it, you can create a course and distribute it privately to your own students — for free.3Sign up
K-12 school districts, universities, and colleges in 26 countries can enroll in iTunes U to distribute courses and collections of education content that anyone can access. Sign up for iTunes U