Sunday, Apr. 30, 2017

iTunes U

With more than 250,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources on iTunes U, it can be overwhelming to know where to start your search, whether browsing for fun or looking for specific course material. Fortunately, Apple has categorized all available iTunes U material by specific subjects. For example, you can see what Business courses are available by browsing the Business section, which features more than 17 pages of courses, with 30 courses to a page! To further guide your search, we've outlined many of the most popular tracks, as well as some of our favorite courses, based on an independent review. All material included here is freely accessible through iTunes, though you'll need to download the iTunes application for free here.


Business

  • Building a Business: Entrepreneurship and the Ideal Business Plan (University of Oxford)
  • This track, led by Fiona Reid, is part of a series coordinated by the university's Saïd Business School. The series spans 9 audio tracks, all about one hour long.

  • How to Write a Business Plan (Yale University)
  • This track, led by Maureen Burke, is part of a series from the Yale School of Management wherein faculty, as well as visiting scholars, discuss their research. This series is comprised of 67 audio tracks, varying in length from nine minutes to one hour and a half.

  • Web 2.0 Marketing Communications: Word of Mouth Marketing 1 (HEC Paris)
  • This track, led by Kristine De Valck, is part of a series from HEC Paris that focuses on the role of online consumer networks in marketing communications. The series is comprised of 8 audio tracks, which are also available in video format.

Economics

  • Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics (Ross State College)
  • Jeff Caldwell tackles the basics in these two series, which have 77 and 56 audio tracks, respectively. A good starting point for this subject area.

  • Finance & Economics (University of Cambridge)
  • From the University of Cambridge's Judge School of Business, these 17 tracks feature scholars and CEOs, and cover such topics as "Is neo-liberalism doomed?"

  • Finance (Stanford University)
  • Each of the 7 tracks in this series features a different speaker, such as venture capitalist, attorney and educator Michael Korver, speaking on venture capital in Japan, and Alex Counts, President and CEO of the Grameen Foundation, describing the principles and potential of microfinance. Also check out the 8 tracks in Stanford's Economics series.

  • Trade & Economics (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
  • This series, "News Ways of Thinking about a Globalized Economy and Its Relationship to Security," looks at how greater economic integration and interdependence can harmonize interests globally, boost wealth and reduce conflict. Titles included among this series' 164 audio tracks are "China's Economy in the Global Context and Its Relationship With the United States"and "The Future of U.S. Trade Policy."

Education

  • Exploring Learning and Teaching in Real and Virtual Worlds (Open University)
  • From the Open University course ED841 "Understanding Children's Development and Learning," the 11 tracks in this series consider what current theories about children's learning and development contribute to the development of new teaching and learning methods in schools. It also examines if and how new digital technologies are changing the way children learn and explores the ways in which virtual worlds can offer new opportunities in education.

  • Science Example Lessons (Florida Dept. of Education)
  • The 20 short videos in this session portray science lessons in classrooms in Florida that serve as great examples of how to integrate technology into a lesson plan. Tracks include "What does DNA look like?" "Learning About Our Solar System" and "Rocket Riot." Also check out the Social Studies series.

  • Teaching & Learning (Stanford University)
  • This series from Stanford approaches pedagogy from a more abstract and philisophical point of view, with title tracks such as "Spiritual and Moral Inquiry in the Classroom: How and When is it Appropriate?" "The Challenges of Technology and Education Change" and "The Very Idea of a University."

Engineering

  • Introduction to Computer Science and Programming (MIT)
  • Helping students with little or no programming experience feel confident in their ability to write small programs is the goal of the 24 tracks in this series, which is taught by Eric Grimson and John Guttag. The class uses the Python programming language.

  • Introduction to Robotics (Stanford University)
  • Oussama Khatib leads this course on the basics of Robotics in 16 audio tracks, each of which is a little over an hour in length.

  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering (Stanford University)
  • Channing Robertson provides a basic overview of the chemical engineering field in these 23 audio tracks, each of which is just under an hour long. The series also explores the applications of chemical engineering.

Fine Arts

  • Web 225: Digital Photography (Rock Valley University)
  • Chuck Konkol leads this series of 19 video tracks, which range from several minutes to an hour. Learn about camera settings, color theory, calibration, scanning, enhancement, and importing and exporting graphic images.

  • Fine Arts (Stanford University)
  • This compilation of 33 tracks features American composer Paul Joseph Dresher; composer, conductor and music commentator Rob Kapilow; and Elizabeth Streb, a choreographer, performer and teacher of contemporary dance, among others.

  • Film Studies (Stanford University)
  • This series covers a range of topics related to film from various experts in the field. Title tracks include "Sexuality, Politics, Film," "Documentary Film: Behind the Scenes of the Creative Process" and "Naming the Muslim: Cinema and its Religions." 9 tracks, from 43 minutes to 2 hours.

Health & Medicine

  • Introduction to Psychology (MIT)
  • The 23 tracks in this series explore everything from why you see to why you fall in love. Jeremy Wolfe leads the session, which includes such title tracks as "Who Are You?: Psychology of the Self" and "Freud and Fairytales." Theoretical perspectives are applied, including biological, evolutionary, cognitive and psychoanalytic.

  • Cancer in the Developing World (University of Oxford)
  • The 7 short tracks in this series explore the impact of cancer on a global scale, addressing the research being done at the university and related institutions.

  • Clinical Dietetics I (Abilene Christian University)
  • Led by Sheila Jones, this series of 14 audio tracks provides a working knowledge of pathophysiology related to nutrition care and medical nutrition therapies for such conditions as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and HIV.

History

  • History (Stanford University)
  • Stanford offers the best of the best in this series, which features the university's top lectures on varying topics in history, from the Roman Empire to Thomas Jefferson to the first theorists of history. Lecturers include the Jewish-American historian Anthony Grafton, Stanford professor of French Dan Edelstein and Stanford professor of history Nancy Shields Kollmann.

  • History 122: History of U.S. Since 1877 (Stanford University)
  • Dominic Capeci, Jr. is featured in this series' 33 video tracks, which are all just under an hour. Capeci covers a range of significant events, from World War I, the Great Depression, World War II the Cold War and Civil Rights. A great, quick way to brush up on the history of America.

  • History 5: European Civilization from the Renaissance to the Present (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Topics including the Reformation, the French Revolution and Romanticism are covered in this series, taught by Margaret Lavinia Anderson and Thomas Laqueur, as are figures including Machiavelli, Napoleon and King Louis XIV. 29 audio tracks.

Language

  • L192 Bon départ: Beginners' French Introduction (Open University)
  • The 19 audio tracks in this series cover the basics of French through various short conversations. Track titles include "A French breakfast," "Getting around town," "Introducing yourself" and "Shopping." Also featured is a track to help with pronunciation.

  • L194 Portales: Beginners' Spanish (Open University)
  • Spanish culture and society are featured in these 12 audio tracks. Title tracks include "Young People in Spain" and "The History of Valencia."

  • L193: Rundblick: Beginners' German (Open University)
  • These 18 audio tracks take a quick look at speaking, pronunciation amd listening through the theme of food and drink.

Literature

  • English 367: Shakespeare's Principal Plays (University of Michigan)
  • This complete lecture series by now-retired University of Michigan Professor Ralph Williams recaps some of Shakespeare's most beloved works, from Henry IV to King Lear. Williams' thorough and enthusiastic approach to Elizabethan language makes the series feel less like a college lecture and more like a theatrical performance. Series is comprised of 40 audio tracks, each of which are about 45 minutes in duration, on average. There is also one 49-minute video offering.

  • Writers on Writing
  • In these five tracks, American literary greats including Thomas Merton, T.C. Boyle and Norman Mailer discuss the forces behind poetry, novels and essays.

  • Biblical Hermeneutics: Principles for Biblical Interpretation (Concordia Seminary)
  • James W. Voelz looks at the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible. There are 29 tracks in this series, all about one hour.

  • LLT 121: Classical Mythology (Missouri State University)
  • In this series, Joseph Hughes examines Greek and Roman myths and legends' role in art, music, literature and tragedy. 38 tracks, all about 45 minutes long.

    Math

  • Single Variable Calculus (MIT)
  • As an intro to calculus, this course covers differentiation and integration of functions of one variable, with applications. David Jerison leads this series, which is comprised of 35 video tracks, all of which are just under an hour.

  • Introduction to Linear Dynamical Systems (Stanford University)
  • Stephen Boyd leads this series of 20 videos tracks, all of which are just over an hour long. Topics include least-squares aproximations of over-determined equations and least-norm solutions of underdetermined equations, as well as matrix exponential, stability and asymptotic behavior.

  • Introduction to Statistics (Harrisburg Area Community College)
  • This series is led by Jason Rosenberry, and topics include describing and summarizing data graphically and numerically, probability, various distributions, parametric estimation and tests of significance, and exploration of bivariate data. 36 video tracks of varying length.

Philosophy

  • General Philosophy (University of Oxford)
  • Peter Millican takes on a range of noteworthy philosophers in this 17-track series, including Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and David Hume, of whom Millican is a prominent scholar.

  • Philosophy (Stanford University)
  • This compilation from Stanford features, in 19 tracks, lectures from modern day greats, including the Dalai Lama and Peter Singer.

  • Justice (Harvard University)
  • Michael Sandel teaches this popular course, which discusses justice, equality, democracy and citizenship. The series, which spans 12 hour-long tracks, focuses on the morality behind decision-making, and what shapes our impressions of "right" and "wrong."

Religion

  • Introduction to Religion (Missouri State University)
  • 28 videos comprise this series, taught by Lora Hobbs. The course explores a range of topics related to religion including the relevance of religion, ethics and the existence of God, as well as specific faiths, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  • Historical Jesus (Stanford University)
  • Thomas Sheehan takes on the historical figure of Jesus in this series, which is comprised of 11 audio tracks, each about 1.5 hours to 2 hours long. The main theme of the course is the question of what the differences (and continuities) are between the Jesus who lived and died, and the Jesus who exists in religion.

  • The Church and the World (Reformed Theological Seminary)
  • This course looks at the relationship of the church and society worldwide, with a focus on the influence of secularization, industrialization and modern science. W. Andrew Hoffecker leads the 28-track series.

Science

  • Introduction to Biology (MIT)
  • This 36-track series, taught by Graham Walker, is one of three core courses in MIT's biology department. Material focuses on biological function at the molecular level, including the structure and regulation of genes, as well as the structure and synthesis of proteins. Key topics include Mendelian genetics, mitosis and meiosis, and population genetics and evolution.

  • Chemistry (University of Oxford)
  • Peter Millican takes on a range of noteworthy philosophers in this 17-track series, including Aristotle, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and David Hume, of whom Millican is a prominent scholar.

  • Physics I: Classical Mechanics (MIT)
  • Walter Lewin leads this series, covering Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and kinetic gas theory, as well as binary stars, black holes and musical instruments. 36 tracks, all about an hour.

  • Saturday Morning Physics (University of Michigan)
  • This lecture series, started in 1995, is designed for general audiences. Physicists discuss their research in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms, and presentations include "The Physics Behind Music," "Buddhism and Science," "How Did Earth Get Its Water?" and "A Physicist Looks at Brain Tumors." 48 video tracks, all about an hour.

  • Quantum Mechanics (University of Oxford)
  • This series is led by James Binney, who explains in these 27 tracks how probabilities are obtained from quantum amplitudes and why they give rise to quantum interference.

Social Science

  • Law (Yale University)
  • This 55-track series features members of Yale's Law School as well as distinguished experts and legal experts from around the world. Title tracks include "My Time in the Ford Presidency" and "A World of Law - Then and Now."

  • Journalism (Stanford University)
  • This series is a compilation of lectures from journalism greats such as Bob Woodward, discussing Watergate 25 years later, and Paul Steiger, reflecting on the news post- Sept. 11. Other interesting topics covered the changes taking place in the industry as a result of the Internet and on-the-go technology, and how traditional media such as the newspaper will evolve in response.

  • Anthropology (University of Cambridge)
  • Walter Lewin leads this series, covering Newtonian mechanics, fluid mechanics and kinetic gas theory, as well as binary stars, black holes and musical instruments. 36 tracks, all about an hour.

  • Social Darwinism and Politics (Seattle Pacific University)
  • This lecture series, started in 1995, is designed for general audiences. Physicists discuss their research in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms, and presentations include "The Physics Behind Music," "Buddhism and Science," "How Did Earth Get Its Water?" and "A Physicist Looks at Brain Tumors." 48 video tracks, all about an hour.

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