December 1, 2017 (Vol. 37, No. 21)
Strong Points: Easy to use
Weak Points: Most included science courses are introductory
Science as a discipline demands that its members constantly seek, learn, and share information. The constant learning process is exciting and invigorating, but taking a full class can often be difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. iTunesU provides a solution to this problem. The resource, which is free and often comes already downloaded with Apple products, provides an extensive catalog of courses from top universities around the world. Since the lectures are prerecorded, users are unable to participate in the class or complete assignments. However, this format allows users to peruse lectures at their own pace without any pressure to invest a lot of time into completing the entire course. The science catalog includes a wide range of classes, from courses on general chemistry to others about hacking consciousness. iTunesU is a great resource for anyone looking for a low-pressure environment to review material that they’ve learned in classes before or to explore and discover new information.