A facelift for iBooks wasn’t the only change on Apple’s agenda today, as the company’s SVP Eddy Cue has just announced an overhaul of iTunes U. The service, mostly used as a means of delivering lectures to college students, has seen over 700 million downloads since its launch and is now gearing up to offer full online courses from the likes of Duke University, Yale, MIT, amongst others.
As an example of this new remote method of learning, the company demoed a Chemistry course at its event, showing an overview, syllabus, credits and even the professor’s office hours. Tabs are placed along the right side of page with options for Info, Posts, Notes and Materials, allowing teachers to send updates direct to the app and students the ability to jot down important highlights. Wondering about integration? A simple tap on these pushed assignments will transport students direct to iBooks, where their specific coursework lies in wait and, once completed, can be crossed off on the provided task list.
The app can even be used for course registration, eliminating the frenzied rush typically associated with such events. It’s all available to download on the App Store right now at no cost in 123 countries. So, if you’re on Apple’s participating list of schools and you’re rocking an iPad, go ahead and get to virtually cracking those books.
Update: We’ve got our hands-on video up of the new iTunes U application!
Gallery: iTunes U app
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