iTunesU and UDL


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Accessibility options in iTunesU and how they can be used with UDL principles to remove barriers to effective learning.

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  • iTunesU and UDL

    1. 1. iTunesU, Accessibility, and UDLUsing technology to remove barriers to effective learning<br />
    2. 2. What is iTunesU?<br />Part of Apple’s popular iTunes software<br />Used by universities to distribute audio and video lectures, pdf files, news, and more<br />Increased use of iTunesU as universities offer more online courses<br />
    3. 3. Benefits of iTunesU<br />Benefit 1: Ease of Use<br />Most students are familiar with iTunes, which is fairly easy to use. Free software.<br />Benefit 2: Accessibility<br />Built-in accessibility features in both iTunes and related devices, such as iPods.<br />Benefit 3: UDL integration<br />Easy for faculty to integrate UDL principles with iTunesU to remove barriers for all students.<br />
    4. 4. Benefit1: Ease of Use<br />Software is free, easy to install, and works on Windows and Apple computers.<br />Most students are already familiar with iTunes and have used it to purchase music or listen to podcasts.<br />Software is intuitive and easy to learn.<br />
    5. 5. Benefit1: Ease of Use, continued<br />iTunesU can be accessed via computer or other iOS device (iPods, iPads, etc.).<br />Universities can install the software on lab computers for students without home computers.<br />
    6. 6. Benefit 2: Accessibility<br />iTunes software offers built-in accessibility options:<br />Screen-reader friendly<br />Support for Closed Captioning in Videos<br />Accessibility options on devices:<br />Voice-over technology on iPods, iPhones, iPads<br />Ability to change contrast to white-on-black<br />Ability to control device through Voice control commands<br />
    7. 7. Benefit 2: Accessibility Options<br />Most accessibility features are built-in to devices.<br />Third-party apps and hardware devices are available for added accessibility features.<br />
    8. 8. Benefit 3: Using iTunesU with UDL<br />Allows professors to develop lessons with UDL in mind.<br />iTunesU can offer multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement for students and teachers.<br />
    9. 9. Benefit 3: UDL and Flexibility<br />Produce content with audio, video, and/or text and images.<br />Allow students to create recordings for upload and sharing.<br />Students can subscribe to podcasts and receive new lectures automatically.<br />Students can access the material from portable devices while on the go.<br />
    10. 10. UDL and Learning Disabilities<br />There are many types of learning disabilities:<br />Dyslexia<br />Dysgraphia<br />Auditory processing disorder<br />Using iTunesU with UDL can help remove barriers for all students, including those with Learning Disabilities.<br />
    11. 11. Review: UDL and iTunesU<br />A professor can record a video with Closed captioning, allowing a student to view the video with captioning, without captioning, or an audio-only version.<br />Professors can easily distribute multiple formats of a lecture.<br />Students can choose their time and environment for reviewing the lectures and notes.<br />Students can respond with their own text, audio or video, allowing for multiple means of engagement, through sites such as Blackboard.<br />
    12. 12. For more info on iTunes Accessibility<br />Apple’s commitment to accessibility (<br />iTunes accessibility features(<br />iPhone accessibility features (<br />iPad accessibility options (<br />Apple accessibility resources page(<br />