iTunes U

iTunes U

  • Education
  • 2012-01-19
    Release date
  • iOS 9.3 +
  • FREE

iTunes U is a free service through the Apple iTunes application that enables colleges and universities to provide free courses to anyone who wants them. iTunes U’s new K-12 education section provides content to students and teachers. State and county education departments offer content on iTunes U to post-secondary education at over 800 universities worldwide, and 15 states in the US provide K-12 learning tools. 


How does it work?

It’s straightforward to navigate iTunes U. You just need to download the free Apple iTunes application on your computer (either a PC or a Mac). On the toolbar across the top of the main page, select iTunes U. You can sort through courses by school, subject, most popular, or noteworthy courses on the main page. After you’ve downloaded course materials, you can use them in any manner you like. Lectures, videos, PDFs, and entire books are all available. After downloading the course material, you can learn at your own pace and use your computer, iPad, or iPod touch. 


Advantages of iTunes U

  • iTunes U works the same as the other iTunes sections and is simple to navigate. You won’t need to learn how to use a new program or application if you’ve ever used iTunes to download music, TV shows, movies, podcasts, audiobooks, or anything else.
  • There is no denying the fact that iTunes U has an extensive range of resources from hundreds of trustworthy sources. With iTunes U, you can find what you want, whether a course or something comparable.
  • There are numerous occasions when students simply do not bond with their college professors. You may better grasp the material if you study using iTunes U.


For instructors

  • Plan lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected—right from your iPad
  • Add your teaching materials—including worksheets, web links, photos, and videos from a variety of document providers
  • Engage every learner using apps, books, videos, podcasts, and more from iTunes, App Store, and iBooks
  • Add instructions or comments to PDFs and photos with built-in annotation tools
  • See when students have viewed or completed assignments and remind students of due assignments
  • Grade student work and track student progress in the grade book
  • Use the single-student view for individual attention at parent-teacher conferences
  • Answer questions or provide video feedback in 1:1 chats or start class debates using group discussions
  • Keep students prepared and in the loop with notifications
  • Institutions using Apple School Manager and Managed Apple IDs can import rosters to streamline course creation
  • Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions can publish courses to the iTunes U catalog to make them available to anyone for free on iOS devices


For students

  • View assignments and updates in one place, and check off projects you’ve completed
  • Submit your work in private courses from any Apple creativity app, many third-party apps, or as annotated PDFs and photos
  • Open audio or video files directly in other apps.
  • Ask instructors questions or have them review your work with 1:1 messages
  • Start or join group discussions with your class
  • View your grades and instructor feedback on all past assignments



  • Participating in courses requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • Built-in PDF or photo annotation requires an iPad (4th generation or later), iPad mini (version 2 or later)
  • Publishing public courses to iTunes U requires teachers to be affiliated with a qualified institution


Final words

iTunes U is an excellent option for anyone who wants to learn something new but doesn’t have the time to enroll in a traditional class. iTunes U offers free courses in many areas, ranging from programming and design to history and literature. You can also find great music courses or podcasts that you can listen to for free. Finally, you can use iTunes U to create your course materials. All in all, this resource offers everything you need to take a class on your schedule.

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