What do we want? Information.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Not everyone has an iPod or Apple portable device. However, students usually have access to a computer. As a precursor to loading up a portable device with iTunes U content, video and audio are first downloaded to iTunes, a reliable and inherently cross-platform application. The benefit of this process is the ability to organize and view content easily - without the absolute need for a mobile device - the later being a benefit but not a necessity. To explore the true power of the iTunes U paradigm, a mobile device, such as the iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone, gives students the option of portability. However, if the point is providing access to video and audio, the iTunes application fits the bill on its own.
Looking at the process differently, with mobile devices as a secondary benefit, the concept of on-demand is perhaps another caveat that we have yet to sing the praises of. Lab computers, laptops, residence hall access and at-home access are available through iTunes U. In essence, a secondary layer of portability. If we think of iTunes U more as a web site and less as an application the benefit becomes clear. 24 - 7 access to course content.
A best practice that we recommend is to download video and audio to the iTunes application prior to viewing. This viewing experience is then removed from the effects of network latency (slow connections and hiccups) and offers a more rewarding experience. You can download tracks from iTunes U to multiple computers, regardless of platform.
*Please note that this post was migrated from a blog previously host at itunes.ithaca.edu*
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