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iTunes U provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad—build lessons with apps and your own materials, collect and grade assignments, start class discussions or talk with students to answer questions and provide feedback.

iTunes U also allows anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to learn from a large collection of free education content in public courses from leading schools, universities, museums, and cultural institutions.

For Instructors:
• Plan lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected—right from your iPad
• Add your own teaching materials—including worksheets, links, photos, and videos from a variety of document providers
• Engage every learner using apps, books, videos, podcasts and more
• Add instructions or comments to PDFs and photos with built-in annotation tools
• See when students have viewed or completed assignments and remind them of due assignments
• Use the single-student view for individual attention at parent-teacher conferences
• Answer questions and provide video feedback or start class debates using group discussions
• 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 for anyone to view for free on iOS devices

For Students:
• View assignments and updates in one place, and check off assignments you complete
• Submit your work in private courses from other apps, or as annotated PDFs and photos
• Open audio or video files directly in other apps
• Ask instructors questions or get feedback in 1:1 messages
• Start or join group discussions with your class
• View your grades and instructor feedback on all past assignments

Browse a rich catalog of free education content:
• Choose from a variety of free lectures, videos, books, and more on a range of subjects from leading educational and cultural institutions around the world, including Stanford, MIT, Yale, La Trobe University, University of Tokyo, Smithsonian Libraries, National Theatre, and more.
• Share your favorite courses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, Mail and Messages

iTunes U stores information about your activity in the app, such as materials you upload. To improve the app, iTunes U collects non-personally identifiable information related to app usage and browsing history of public content. Data is retained until an action is taken to remove it by any of the means provided.

• Participating in courses requires iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
• Built-in PDF or photo annotation requires 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

 Free in iOS App Store


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Version History

Launched Jan 18, 2012 (over 7 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 4 months, on average.

Nov 13
Version 3.7.1

This update includes minor stability improvements.

Nov 05
Version 3.7

This update includes minor stability improvements.

May 17
Version 3.6.1

This update includes minor stability improvements.

Oct 17
Version 3.6

• iTunes U collections were migrated to Apple Podcasts and no longer appear in the iTunes U app. You can now view iTunes U collections in the Podcasts section of iTunes on Mac or PC, or in the Podcasts app on iOS devices or Apple TV.
• Performance improvements for accounts with a large number of courses

Mar 28
Version 3.5

• Mark up photos with instructions or comments using built-in annotation tools
• Quickly send video messages and feedback in 1:1 chats between teachers and students
• Open audio or video files directly in other apps

Sep 13
Version 3.4

• Share Swift Playground files between teachers and students
• Open iTunes U directly to recently viewed courses using 3D Touch from the home screen on iPhone

Jun 07
Version 3.3

• Import Managed Class Rosters from Apple School Manager
• Guide students to specific iTunes U Courses from the Classroom app 
• Add materials from various document providers (iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)
• Use Explain Everything and Notability project files as course materials or hand-ins from students
• Minor performance and stability improvements

Mar 24
Version 3.2

• iTunes U now supports Managed Apple IDs and has been optimized for Shared iPad
• Collections, courses and your content are now searchable from Spotlight Search
• Ability to search assignments anywhere within iTunes U and via Spotlight Search
• Improved experience in countries where restrictions are enabled by default
• Improved offline syncing of grades and private discussions
• Minor performance and stability improvements

Oct 22
Version 3.1

• Posts can now include images
• Grade book displays student’s average grade within a course
• Grade book displays minimum, maximum and mean grades for an assignment 
• iTunes U is now designed to take advantage of the larger canvas of iPad Pro
• Includes minor stability and performance improvements

Sep 16
Version 3.0.1

This update includes minor stability and performance improvements.

Jun 25
Version 3.0

This update includes the following features:
• Students can hand in their homework assignments
• Annotate PDF assignments directly in iTunes U
• Instructors can grade and track student progress with an integrated grade book
• Private one-on-one conversations between students and instructors 
• Include multiple attachments per assignment

Jan 27
Version 2.1.1

This update includes minor stability and performance improvements.

Sep 17
Version 2.1

iTunes U 2.1 adds supports for iOS 8 and can automatically add assignment due dates to your calendar.

Jul 08
Version 2.0

Introducing the new iTunes U

Let the discussion begin
• The new iTunes U makes it simple for students participating in private courses to pose questions on the course or any post or assignment
• Other students in the class can jump into the discussion and ask more questions or provide answers
• Teachers and students can keep up with the conversation when they receive push notifications as the discussion progresses

Create courses on iPad
• Teachers can now create and update their courses using the iTunes U app on their iPad—getting started is fast, simple, and completely free
• Provide every student a course outline, write posts, distribute assignments, upload class materials, easily track participating students, and much more
• Take advantage of the built in camera on iPad to easily capture photos or videos and upload them for course assignments
• Create materials using Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—or other apps from the App Store—and add them to your course by using "Open in iTunes U" from within each app
• Teachers affiliated with qualified institutions have the option to publish their courses to the iTunes U Catalog—making them available to everyone for free

Dec 12
Version 1.4.1

This version of iTunes U resolves an issue where the playback speed button may not work as expected.

Nov 14
Version 1.4

This version of iTunes U has been updated for iOS 7 with an all-new look and feel.

Jun 25
Version 1.3.1

This update to iTunes U:

• Checks for course updates when you pull to refresh the notepad
• Resolves an issue that may prevent courses from updating
• Fixes a problem where iTunes U may unexpectedly quit when opening the Catalog repeatedly
• Improves support for Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Spanish

Sep 19
Version 1.3

iTunes U 1.3 adds support for iOS 6. This version also provides:

• A new single day view to see all of your posts and assignments due on a particular day.
• Addresses an issue which prevented Closed Captioning from appearing when available.

Jul 25
Version 1.2

iTunes U 1.2 now makes it easy to take notes while watching or listening to a lecture. This update also adds the ability to search within posts, assignments, notes, and materials — from any of your subscribed courses — using the improved Search feature in iTunes U. It is also now simple to share your favorite courses with friends using Twitter, Mail, and Messages.

Apr 30
Version 1.1.1

iTunes U 1.1.1 addresses an issue which may cause it to unexpectedly quit when launched from another app.

Mar 07
Version 1.1

iTunes U 1.1 is now designed for the spectacular Retina display on the all new iPad. This version also includes a number of performance improvements.

Jan 18
Version 1.0

Previous 3 versions


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