University of California puts video lectures on Apple’s ‘iTunes U’

“The University of California, Berkeley, has given tech-savvy students another reason not to go to class — some of their lectures are now available to hear and watch on an iPod,” The San Francisco Business Times reports. “The university, which has about 32,800 students, said Tuesday that it made a deal with Apple Computer Inc. to put some 30 of its courses on Apple’s iTunes music store. Students and the public can download them through the university’s ‘Berkeley on iTunes U’ site.”

“Once someone signs up for the first lecture in a course, later lectures will automatically be delivered to that person’s computer for downloading,” The San Francisco Business Times reports.

Full article here.

Apple’s iTunes U is a free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to educational content, including lectures and interviews 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Through iTunes U, users can download content to their Macs or PCs regardless of their location. They can then listen to and view content on their Mac or PC or transfer that content to iPod for listening or viewing on the go.

More about Apple’s “iTunes U” here.

UC Berkeley’s iTunes U website: http://itunes.berkeley.edu/

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14 Comments

  1. Here’s an idea for future iPod software — add an “audio tag” to the file titles (I’m not explaining very well). When you pause on a title in your playlist, it will “say” what the item is (using one of the “voices” available in the Mac OS). The feature could be turned “on” or “off” in the Preferences pane of iTunes when you have your iPod plugged in for updating.

    This would be mainly for sight-impaired folks who could then use an iPod for listening to lectures (and also audiobooks when available, so they wouldn’t have to hire a reader). But it would even be great for folks on the go trying to find a particular podcast or audiobook without having to look at the iPod screen. (Maybe even supply braille stickers to apply to the click wheel to help with navigation.)

    Not sure if it’s feasible, but it could open up the iPod to a whole new customer base, and further set the iPod apart from the rest of the MP3 player community.

    MW=several, as in, “I am sure there are more than several sight-impaired folks who would be interested in this product…”

  2. Oh, and Stanford was first on the iPod bandwagon…as they’re first in everything… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”LOL” style=”border:0;” />

    (Not a Stanford grad, but grew up in the shadow of “Hoover’s Last Erection”…)

  3. I have said it a million times!!

    Educational videos are perfect for the video iPod.

    Imagine you need to change a electrical outlet or add RAM to your computer.

    A video showing exactly hows it done is so much better and easier. With the portabilty of the iPod one can instantly review how to do something right at the location of the repair.

    Problem is these video’s cost money to produce and there has to be some sort of compensationary method.

    Perhaps companies like Black and Decker will pay for advertising in these “free” downloads if someone produces the film.

  4. NO VIDEO LECTURES!!!

    The lectures are audio MP3 files and other non-lecture material is in video.

    Although a audio lecture can help reinforce a particualr lesson (play it just before sleep for subconcious programming)

    It’s not a replacement for the visual lecture.

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