iTunes U graduates to 2.0 with new course discussion features

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iTunes U is making it more simple for students and teachers to connect with a 2.0 update that brings new course creation and discussion features to Apple’s popular educational app.

After being announced last month by Apple, iTunes U received its largest update in over a year this morning that allows iTunes U users to participate in private discussions on their course, posts, or assignments, while also giving teachers more tools to manage their classes while on the go.

Along with the better discussion features, iTunes U 2.0 makes it easier for teachers to create and update courses on their iPad. Teachers can now create course outlines, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, remove off-topic messages and track participating students’ progress.

Students with iPads also benefit from the update, thanks to a push notification system that alerts users to get involved with discussions with teachers and students. Push notifications can be sent whenever new topics are started, or replies are added to active exchanges.

The free update is available now in the App Store and will run on all iOS 7.0 devices and greater.

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