Apple has announced that it’s updating its iTunes U app with new iPad-friendly features designed to make it easier for teachers and students to use tablets for their online courses. The new features will roll out starting July 8.
“Education is at the core of Apple’s DNA and iTunes U is an incredibly valuable resource for teachers and students,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “iTunes U features an amazing selection of academic materials for everyone around the world. Now, with the ability to better manage and discuss educational content, learning becomes even more personalized on iPad.”
The app’s update will let teachers create full courses entirely on their iPad by importing content from iWork, iBooks Author and other educational apps in the iOS App Store. Teachers will also be able to use the iPad’s in-built camera to incorporate photos and videos into the course material.
Students with iPads will also benefit, thanks to a push notification system that will let them get more involved with discussions with both teachers and other students in the classroom. Push notifications can be sent whenever new topics are started, or replies are added to active exchanges. Teachers will be able to participate in forums, with the ability to moderate discussions by removing any off-topic messages or replies.
iTunes U was last given a refresh in December last year, when a minor update tweaked a problem whereby the playback speed button didn’t work as expected.
The app can be downloaded from the App Store, available for all iOS devices, running iOS 7.0 and above.