Universities worldwide provide teaching materials in the form of videos, audio contributions or scripts on the iTunes U platform (U for university) of Apple at no costs. These materials can be accessed by students and the interested public on PCs and mobile devices. Now, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is also offering research and teaching contributions on the international iTunes U education platform.
For a start, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has launched more than 200 media contributions. Video and audio files provide insights into the research activities of KIT. In addition, interviews of scientists, radio reports on campus life and research, recordings of lectures, presentations, and scripts are made available.
The two collections on “Humanoid Robotics” and “Theoretical Particle Physics: The Search for the Higgs Particle” are very extensive. Elaborate videos answer the questions of how and why humanoid robots are built or how theoretical, computer-supported particle physics searches for the Higgs particle.
Worldwide, more than 1200 universities and colleges have portals on iTunes U, including MIT, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Cambridge, and Oxford. According to Apple, iTunes U downloads presently total more than one billion. With its portal on iTunes U, KIT extends its digital services for students and the interested public, which also include portals in YouTube, Facebook, and twitter as well as RSS feeds and media libraries.
More information may be obtained at http://itunesu.informatik.kit.edu/
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.