13 Oct 2008

Open University passes 1 million downloads on iTunes U

A staggering one million items equating to seventeen terabytes of educational content from the Open University has been downloaded in the four months since it joined Apple’s itunes U channel.
On 3 June, the Open University joined world renowned universities, including Stanford, MIT and Yale on iTunes U, providing more than 300 items of educational content including videos and sound recordings on topics ranging from Darwinian Theory to foundation Spanish.
As one of only three UK and Irish universities on iTunesU, the Open University has been able to actively demonstrate why it is a world leader in quality distance education.
Professor Brenda Gourley, Vice-Chancellor of the Open University, said the relationship with Apple was a great example of the University looking for new and innovative ways to provide students with its award winning curriculum.
“The Open University, recently ranked second in student satisfaction for all UK universities, is providing high quality educational outcomes for more than 200 000 students.
“iTunes U makes high quality educational content available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to anyone with access to an internet connection, free of charge,” she said.
“The Open University is widely known to be a world leader in the distance education learning, and this partnership with Apple is another example of how we are maintaining our position by utilising current and emerging technologies for our students’ benefits,” she said.

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