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University of Cambridge Teams Up With iTunes U
Take a look at a University of Cambridge student’s iPod and you may be surprised to find the university’s professors sharing space with Britney Spears and the cast of The Office. That’s because the school (www.cam.ac.uk) is offering free educational content that includes lectures, short films, and interviews online via iTunes U, an offshoot of the iTunes Store.
"The old adage that ‘Cambridge ideas change the world’ has just received a new twist," says John Naughton, a Fellow of the university’s Wolfson College. "Now they’re on your desktop."
Available to users worldwide, Cambridge’s iTunes U channel features a variety of content from faculty members and other experts. Currently, more than 300 audio and video tracks are available, including podcasts from David Starkey’s history of Cambridge, interviews with the university’s Nobel Prize winners, and an exploration of the school’s code-breaking exploits during World War II.
Users can also download the latest podcasts from The Naked Scientists, the radio show of Chris Smith and his band of physicians and researchers of the same name. In these videos, which top the science download charts in the U.S. and hover in the top 20 throughout the world, Smith and his team break science down to its basics.
Prospective students who find themselves confused by the university’s application process can also download video walkthroughs that will take them through the process.
All content from the Cambridge channel will work on both Macs and PCs and can be transferred to an iPod or iPhone.
Source: University of Cambridge
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