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  1. [...] Seit über vier Jahren gibt es iTunes U mit seinem offenen Angebot an Vorlesungen, und die Zahlen sind schon beeindruckend: Es umfasst heute ein Angebot von über 350.000 Modulen als Videos oder Podcasts von weltweit über 1.000 Hochschulen. Über 300 Millionen Downloads im Jahr (siehe BBC News). Und es gibt Rankings, nach denen die britische Open University mit weitem Abstand führt, gefolgt von der Stanford University. Abgeschlagen ist das MIT. Tony Bates ahnt warum: “…  and I believe this to be significant, the OU material is deliberately designed for online learning, and rarely consists of a video recording of a lecture.” Tony Bates, online learning and distance education resources, 19. Februar 2012 [...]

  2. MJ
    February 22, 2012 - 5:14 am

    Actually, it goes a bit beyond that – every country region on iTunes has it’s own top 100 chart. So the podcasts that make it into the top 100 in the UK, America, France etc are all going to be different to some extent, depending on local interests.

  3. Jim Gritton
    February 22, 2012 - 2:50 pm

    As a university lecturer, I’ve used downloads from iTunes U in both my online teaching and to supplement course materials in more traditional face-to-face teaching. Sometimes it’s great to expose students to ideas or course materials beyond the walls of my own university; other times, I can’t see the point in reinventing a wheel if someone has made available materials which are better than I could have produced myself. As someone who used to teach at the Open University, I agree that much of the OU material is deliberately designed for online learning and I am sure this is one factor in its success. However, I believe it goes beyond this: one of the things the OU excels at is mediating knowledge from one genre to another, and engaging students by making complex ideas accessible in a distance learning format.

    • Tony Bates
      February 22, 2012 - 7:43 pm

      Thanks, Jim.

      I think you raise a very interesting point. The OU’s long experience in developing materials in different media (print, radio, TV, audio-cassettes, video-cassettes, audio-graphics, audio-conferencing, CDs and finally online) has enabled them to develop a sensitivity to the strengths and weaknesses of different media for teaching. I noticed that in iTunes U a lot of their material was either podcasts or text, but when they do use video it is often spectacular.

      As OERs become more and more used, the need to design and select media sensitively and with care for appropriate applications will become increasingly important. I really appreciate you sharing your experience

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