This month I will be writing a lot about iBooks, iBooks Author, and iTunesU. This little triplet packs a huge punch for content creation, delivery, and management for educators. This post focuses on the new features found inside the iTunesU platform.
I’ve just delivered a two day training at Northeast State in Johnson City, TN. Our topic was iBooks Author and was hosted through Score Publishing. One of the key parts of iBooks Author for book delivery to students is the iTunesU platform. Teachers were so enthusiastic upon seeing not only the power of iBooks Author, but the seamless method of delivery for their books brought even more excitement!
Apple has done a nice job of beefing up their iTunesU platform. Here are some features that you may not know about as well as the latest exciting improvements to iTunesU.
It used to be that iTunesU was a one way street. Meaning, you could deliver content, but students could not turn in assignments within iTunesU. Now students can turn projects and assignments directly into iTunesU. This is a huge improvement of functionality. This keeps everything in one tidy space. Thanks Apple!
You can grade student work and view grades at a glance.
This is just one more step towards iTunesU becoming a learning management system. In the administration tab click on students and you will see the ability to leave grades for them. Grades can also be posted as assignments and projects are turned in.
You can have a backchannel discussion within your course.
This came on board back in 2014. This is a great tool to use for discussions that remain private within the course. Students can see each other’s comments and you as the instructor can respond as well or guide a discussion with inquiries.
You can transfer a course, invite collaborators, and duplicate a course.
Being able to duplicate a course as well as transfer a course is huge! This can save you or a colleague so much time! Course creators can also invite a collaborator. This allows you to build a course together with a team member. These options can be found under the settings wheel in iTunesU in the upper right corner on a Mac.
If your students all have iPads, learning itunesU is a must! It’s a straight forward platform that continues to improve with time. Having all your assignments, resources, and iBooks in one place is a seamless way to manage your one to one iPad environment.