Using iTunes U Course Manager

As we come to the end of the year, I’m reviewing the ways in which I make content available to students.

I have to say, I’ve quite liked using Edmodo as a way of getting information across to my pupils and, certainly, in the classrooms that have computers, it’s been a very easy way of cutting down on my photocopying!

However, the feedback from pupils has been that Edmodo is not the most user friendly thing on an Ipad and they wondered if I could try out iTunes U.

So, I did …

I don’t want to do a step-by-step on how to set up a course; Apple provide a seriously easy to follow one themselves and, again, if I can do it, anyone can!

Basically, what you end up with is something that looks like the below.

To set it up, I just went through everything that I had printed off, emailed or photocopied for my classes this year on ‘A Handful of Dust’ and created a ‘course’ for them to follow using iTunes U Course Manager.

It was a really, really easy thing to do – and was quite therapeutic at this time of year when we are seeking to clear out our desks and email inboxes.

It took me a couple of hours to organise everything into an accessible order but I’ve now got all of my teaching resources for this text into one place that the pupils can access whenever they wish – this includes notes, critical essays, revision videos and essay questions.

I broke the course down into easy to identify key areas – and was able to put all of the relevant material and assignments for each element of the course there ready and waiting for the pupils to access.

What really attracted me in putting all my information online in this way is that I can see who has accessed which resources – so I will be able to keep track of who is making use of this repository and who is not.

Likewise, I will be able to add to the ‘course’ as we go along and make sure that – when the examinations roll around – all of the important wider reading information will be in one place.

When you have a course all set up, you simply email a link to your students and you can track how much they use it.

Over all, this seems like something that will well support my use of Edmodo and I look forward to get all of my classes involved!

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