If you haven't learned something new today, then you must be dead or on vacation, but even on vacation, you should be learning something new. That's exactly why this "Tech Talk" blog exists... to help you learn something new every day.
When it comes to developing your skills and talents, there are plenty of ways to do this. The most common way that most people think of right away is a formal college or university education. This is obviously still a very valid option, but wouldn't it be nice to attend a college course here or there without the time and expense commitment that goes along with it? Good news... you can!
In 2007, Apple announced iTunes U. Initially, iTunes U was created to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video content for students on a college or university level. Since then, it has been updated to include K through 12 content as well. This content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights and campus tours provided by qualifying two- and four-year accredited, degree-granting, public or private colleges, universities, elementary, middle, and high schools. Participating institutions are based in the United States, as well as many other countries.
There are over 350,000 files and courses available for download. Individual universities can be visited through the Universities & Colleges section, and other institutions can be visited through the "Beyond Campus" section. There are literally hundreds of subjects you can study through iTunes U including Algebra, Home Economics, Finance, Computer Science, Horticulture, History, Robotics, Applications Development... the sky is the limit!
iTunes U is available for free, and is accessible through iTunes for Windows, Mac and iOS. To access iTunes U through iTunes, simply open iTunes then navigate to iTunes U using the drop-down list on the left side of the screen. To access iTunes U on your iOS device, simply launch the dedicated iTunes U app (available here).
If you haven't tried iTunes U, do it today!