Press Release: CSU & SJSU adopt iTunes U

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Media Contact: Paul Browning, 562-951-4064, pbrowning@calstate.edu

California State University Adopts Podcast Learning

iTunes U Provides On-The-Move Studying

(November 2, 2006) — Several California State University campuses have  adopted iTunes U, an innovative software that enables students to  download podcasts of such items as lectures, campus news, and class  notes into their portable iPod systems.

The iTunes U service, developed and hosted by the Apple Computer, Inc.,  enables students to download audio, graphic and video images onto their  Macintosh or PC computers, then copy them to their iPods to listen or  view anywhere. Students may also upload content to share with  professors, or the class. Professors and students using this free  service are also linked to university news and information related to  academic and student events.

Of CSU’s 23 campuses, Fresno State, Cal State East Bay, San Jose State,  Cal State Dominguez Hills, and Sacramento State have already adopted  iTunes U.

“Podcasting and iTunes U provides us with yet another method to offer  portable learning opportunities for our students, and enables Sac State  to build on its long-standing tradition of providing educational access  to its diverse community of learners,” said Rosemary Papa, director of  the Center for Teaching and Learning at Sacramento State.

Using iTunes, professors may also effortlessly modify their messages,  which reduces IT Department time. All content is stored in Apple’s  hosted repository, which can be browsed, searched and configured to  providing open or secure access. iTunes U also complements other higher  education online learning systems, such as Blackboard.

According to Dr. Gary Reichard, executive vice chancellor and chief  academic officer at CSU, the fact that both students and faculty are  familiar with iPods greatly reduces the complications of learning how  to use iTunes U.”

“Walking across a CSU campus, it seems that every other student is  listening to an iPod. That’s why this technology is such a natural fit  to our campuses— iTunes U represents a vehicle for learning and  communication that students and professors have already embraced,” he  said. “This software and its applications complement CSU’s objective to  continually adopt the latest technologies for enhancing learning on and  off campus.”

Peter Beyersdorf, associate professor of physics at San Jose State,  agrees that iTunes U’s applications are a great tool for students, but  also believes it provides professors an additional way to be there for  them outside the classroom.

“One of the challenges I am continually confronted with is how to make  myself available to my students outside of class,” he said “Via  podcasts, I’m able to remotely provide the resources I want my students  to have access to, and they are able to control when and how they  access those resources.”

About California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher  education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 405,000  students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in  1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 84,000 annually.  The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the  job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide  high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of  the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity  and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for  California. See www.calstate.edu

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2 Responses to “Press Release: CSU & SJSU adopt iTunes U”

  1. Jaxson Says:

    I just got my 2000t and all of my songs are skipping in iTunes, and I cant figure out why. If someone could help me out and tell me how to fix this I would really appreciate it because its driving me crazy. Thanks for the replys.

  2. Steve Sloan Says:

    After careful review of your request, we have determined that your issue is best addressed by iTunes Music Store Customer Support.

    To contact the iTunes Music Store, please visit:

    Click the link that matches your question. If the link you have chosen does not answer your question, scroll to the area titled “Still having trouble?” and fill out the email request. Click the “Submit” button when you are ready to send us your question. You will receive a response within 72 hours.

    Sincerely,

    ~Steve

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