Apple’s iTunes U is a section of the iTunes service that offers courses in various scholarly subjects from schools and universities all over the world. All of the courses are absolutely free. The iPad maker has now announced the success of iTunes U to the tune of one billion downloads.
“It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “With the incredible content offered on iTunes U, students can learn like never before ― there are now iTunes U courses with more than 250,000 students enrolled in them, which is a phenomenal shift in the way we teach and learn.”
Top universities, like Duke, Yale, Cambridge, MIT, and Oxford are able to enroll more than 100,000 students in a single course. Stanford University boasts 60 million downloads alone. Ohio State University’s General Chemistry course saw 100,000 iTunes U students in its first year offered.
The education service offered by iTunes U spreads across the world. More than 60 percent of iTunes U app downloads are outside the US. Courses are available in 155 different countries and course creation by educators is available in 30 countries.
Apple is working hard to become a household name in education. In addition to iTunes U, there are more than 75,000 education apps for iOS in the App Store, and educators are able to create their own textbooks through the iBooks Author, which allows anyone to create a multitouch book and publish it directly to iTunes to be available through the iBooks app.