The University of Oxford today launched its own section on the iTunes U section of Apple’s media portal – and you can download a one-hour lecture from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak directly from the service.
Not to be outdone, Cambridge University matched Oxford’s move, meaning content from both legendary educational institutions is now available through iTunes.
It’s more than just Apple, of course, as you’d expect from one of the world’s most eminent education institutions, there’s plenty of valuable material – over 150 hours of audio and video podcasts about and from the University.
Additional highlights on https://itunes.ox.ac.uk include lectures by, and interviews with, world-leading academics and researchers; and a film about the University’s campaign ‘Oxford Thinking’ – the largest fundraising campaign in European university history – featuring Michael Palin.
Potential applicants will be able to access free podcasts about how to apply to the University, including choosing a college and a course, and preparing for interview. They will also be able to see what an Oxford tutorial is like.
Key lectures and interviews include Professor Joseph Stiglitz, former chief economist of the World Bank, on the global financial crisis; Dr Craig Venter on genomics; Sir Nicholas Stern on the economics of climate change, and Professor Julian Savulescu on ethics.
Dr John Hood, vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford, said: “We hope that this service will make Oxford’s diverse range of audio and video material more widely accessible to applicants, alumni, supporters of the University, and the intellectually curious.”
The University of Oxford will be adding new podcasts to its site on iTunes U regularly. Its website is the most-visited university website in the UK.