This presentation was given to University of Leicester academics on 19 June 2013, as a way for the university as a whole to discuss how we might be using iTunes U for learning with our current students.
www.le.ac.ukSharing out to the world with iTunes UTerese BirdLearning Technologist & SCORE Research FellowInstitute of Learning Innovation19 June, 2013
What will we talk about?• Who’s looking at iTunes U andwhy• Examples of Leics material & howto make them– Sound (Martin Parker)– Video (Jeremy, Dylan)– Text (Clinical)– Full iTunes U Course(Manufacturing Pasts)• Bad examples, how to avoid• Discussion: how might you useiTunes U?Photo courtesy of womensnet_gallery,Flickr
Facts about iTunes U• Way back in 2005…• Recorded lectures and a VLE, sort of• Over 1300 universities, plus museums, schools• Available in all countries (except maybe Sudan)• Windows & Macs• iPad
Why we launched it, at Leicester• Open Educational Resources movement & project• Signed with Apple– Told us to ‘just show your particular good stuff’– Offered us free server space & made it easy tolaunch• ‘Could OER be used to attract students?’• ‘Is it marketing or is it teaching?’ Both!• Public, except for some iTunes U Courses• Launched on 16 March 2013
Criteria for iTunes U team choices• Each item self-contained good learning content• ‘Live teaching’ is good, just look after the quality• Why audio?• Why video?• Inaugural lectures, public lectures
Who’s looking at it and why• Age groups from stats• Countries from stats• What China does– (Windows laptops plus iPhones)– Their own app which they translate
Examples of student voices• ‘Where are the sample lectures?’• ‘I would have happily listened to all the lectures butwhat I got was ‘Management for Dummies’’• ‘Lectures on YouTube? I wouldn’t even have checkedthere, that’s for kittens on a treadmill’• ‘I searched for pharmaceutical lectures and listenedto them on waterproof iPod while swimming’• ‘I like to learn certain topics. I don’t like audio-only.’
Examples from Leicester - Sound• Martin Parker research talk• Ruth Page Twitter lecture• How did I make these? And how can you do it?– Good digital recorder– Audacity – show a picture of good sound– I add top and tail
Examples from Leicester - Video• Jeremy Levesley• Dylan Williams – campus, but moving to distance• How: Adobe Presenter• How: Narrated Powerpoint, change to .mov or mp4• ScreenR• Use University of Leicester Powerpoint templates
Examples fro Leicester - Text• Clinical• Institute of Learning Innovation• Pdf• Epub – Calibre (free, all platforms)• .ibooks – iBooks Author (free, Mac only)
Examples from Leicester – iTunes U Course• Manufacturing Pasts
Copyright• Aiming for Creative Commons – Attribution –NonCommercial• Flickr or Google images – Creative Commons!
Discussion• How might you wish to use this channel in currentteaching– Distance– Campus• We have students here! What do you think?• How might you use this channel to share outresearch? (Martin Parker, Criminology researchpresentations)
Want to try putting some material ontoiTunes U?Contact Terese Bird firstname.lastname@example.org• Thank you!!!