By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 14 May 2010
Want to learn more about science? Apart from our great website (!) here's six other sites recommended by Mashable for teaching science, including iTunes U - a site worthy of further investigation.
A recent Mashable post - 6 Free Websites for Learning and Teaching Science - gives an overview of key sites that are good resources for science teachers and students.
The one I noticed (and have been looking into without much success) is iTunes U, which according to the Apple website states: "There are over 600 universities with active iTunes U sites. About half of these institutions — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley — distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store. In the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U, students and faculty can access a wealth of content from distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, Public Radio International, and PBS stations."
I trawled aournd trying to see what museums were involved but had to do a Google search in the end. I found, just in this quick search, that the Met, MoMA, US Holocaust Museum, Asian Art Museum, Penn Museum and others were uploading content to the store. This MW 2009 paper, Seeking Balance in the On-line Video Landscape, by Daniel Incandela and Rob Stein, discusses the Indinaoplis Museum of Art's experiences in iTunes U (and other spaces). Their Interact page gives you an idea of what they're up to generally, with a link to their iTunes U site.
iTunes U - a trend to watch?