iTunes U Latest Update Makes it Easier to Manage and Create Courses
With others like Google, Amazon and TenMarks having long been in the race of providing for education, Apple decides to join the league with iTunes U. New features added to iTunes U provides for in the field of education and gives students and teachers a platform for working digitally.
The update that will start rolling out today (i.e. Thursday) will let instructors add educational apps in the course, handle homework and communicate with the students. This initiative began in 2007 as a repository for university lectures video within iTunes and is now expanding into a content app for instructors and students.
Over the years, Apple has added new material design to iTunes U and now it is sorted by subject and content, which makes it easier for teachers to identify and organize related content. Schools own nearly 15 million iPads and there are almost 100,000 educational apps to select from. Using Apple’s technology teachers can design courses and assign digital text books to students.
With this recent update to iTunes U, students will now be able to turn in their assignments and term papers directly from their iPads and iPhones. The submitted copy will carry a time stamp which will allow the teacher to determine the actual time of submission.
When a student’s homework is submitted completely and is ready for review, the integrated grade book will notify the teacher. It will also send reminders to students who have not submitted their work.
Popular educational apps can be imported via iTunes U and can be added into the course material. Apps such as Stop Motion Studio or Explain Everything can be easily obtained. It will also open a universal platform for students and teachers to discuss the issues and stay connected.