Tag Archives: iTunes U

iTunes U: Technology Integration

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 10.54.35 AMiTunes U: Technology Integration a course by Edutopia, the George Lucas Educational Foundation

Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective tech integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepend and enhance the learning process. In particular, it must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and transparent and when technology supports circular goals.

If you want to subscribe to this free iTunes U series, click on this link.

Johns Hopkins University: The History of Public Health

Jonas Salk administering the Polio vaccine.

Jonas Salk administering the Polio vaccine.

Today, I highlight the Johns Hopkins University course “The History of Public Health.”  The open courseware material is presented on the webpage and iTunes U.


In the History of Public Health we will examine the historical experience of health and illness from a population perspective. This material seeks to reveal how the organization of societies facilitates or mitigates the production and transmission of disease. It also asks how do populations and groups of individuals go about securing their health? One key theme is the medical management of space in one form or another – from the public space of the environment through institutional spaces such as schools and workplaces to personal/individual body space. The progression of the lectures reflects this, working “inwards” from the environment to individuals.

The content provides an historical interpretation of how the theory and practice of public health in today’s world has come to be what it is. We will concentrate primarily on the modern world (i.e., 1750 onwards) and omit detailed examination of public health in antiquity and the middle ages, although these time periods will be alluded to frequently. A thematic rather than chronological structure will be adopted so that comparisons can be made across the centuries and between different parts of the globe.

iTunes U Highlight: Philosophy & Science of Human Nature at Yale

I have espoused the value of iTunes U many times. The open-source education repository publishes and distributes (at no cost to consumers) rigorous courses in science, the humanities, computers, and more (see my article – “15 Opportunities for Free Online Education“).

Today, I highlight the course offered via Yale by Professor Tamar Gendler (Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Yale) entitled: “Philosophy & Science of Human Nature.”

Course Description: Philosophy and the Science of Human Nature pairs central texts from Western philosophical tradition (including works by Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, Hobbes, Kant, Mill, Rawls, and Nozick) with recent findings in cognitive science and related fields. The course is structured around three intertwined sets of topics: Happiness and Flourishing; Morality and Justice; and Political Legitimacy and Social Structures.”

To experience this free course, simply click this link.


Open Yale Courses on iTunes U

Today I would like to highlight Open Yale Courses on iTunes U. iTunes U is a collection of academic resourcImagees for both secondary and post-secondary schools around the world. The Open Yale Courses includes introductory classes on subjects from philosophy to astronomy. All courses are free, downloadable, and playable on your Mac or PC via iTunes or on your iOS device.

15 Opportunities for Free Online Education

A reader just forwarded me an interesting article entitled “15 Inspiring Examples of Free Online Education” by OnlineCollege.org. They list a number of gems ranging from online open academies, free resources, and courses offered by world-renowned institutions. They are geared towards beginners, early learners, returning students, and advanced levels of education:

  1. Khan Academy
  2. MIT Open Courseware
  3. Berkeley Webcast
  4. Tufts Open Courseware
  5. Open Courseware Consortium
  6. Academic Earth
  7. Textbook Revolution
  8. Project Gutenberg
  9. iTunes U
  10. The Open University
  11. Watch, Know, Learn
  12. The University of the People
  13. TED
  14. Wikiversity (I’m trying to find the time to be a contributed here)
  15. Instructables

You can find some wonderful information on nearly any topic, free books, supplements for student learning, and more!

iTunes U: Focus on the Entrepeneur

iTunes U has just released a grouping of free podcasts with a focus on the entrepreneur.

One great focus is with a collection of classes (offered through the school of business, economics, social studies, etc) on Entrepreneurship. A few examples of the classes: “Building a Business” via Oxford University, “Entrepreneurial Leaders” via Stanford University, “Yale Entrepreneurial Institute” via Yale University, “Leadership in a Technological World” via Princeton University, “Knowledge @Wharton” via Wharton Business School, and many, many others – all from top Universities around the world. Best of all, this is all *free* – all you need is a copy of Apple’s Software iTunes (which is entirely free and available for both Mac and PC platforms). You can also upload the programs to an iPod or other mp3 player.

To check out Apple’s spotlight on Entrepreneurship, click on this link here.

Harvard Voices – iTunes U

“Harvard Voices” was originally prepared for the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Harvard College and has been updated for the 375th Anniversary in the fall of 2011. Excerpts from major addresses by public figures and creative artists, as well as the musings of notable Harvard scholars, are included. Acknowledgements Professor Richard Tarrant, narrator Jacqueline O’Neill, Sarah Speltz, Tara Benedict, editors Anthony Di Bartolo, Margaret Keyes, and Jerry McDonald, Production staff of the Department of Media Services Katherine Kogut, Kogut Productions, audio formatting and editing Gleb Sidorkin, reader of Solzhenitsyn selection Peter Katz, Office of the General Counsel Lucinda O’Neill, Cover art design For previous work in production of the 1986 edition of “Harvard Voices” we acknowledge Richard M. Hunt, Donald Bacon, Michael Milburn, Linda Beyer, Jeffrey Martini, Barry Megquier, the Woodberry Poetry Room, Non-print Media Archive of the Modern Language Center, and the Cabot Science Library.

Download the series for free by clicking here.