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Education

October 17, 2012

OU lectures go digital

NORMAN — Members of the public interested in self-education now have access to content formerly exclusive to University of Oklahoma students through a new digital initiative putting lectures and research material on iTunes.

As part of The One University digital initiative, OU has utilized iTunes U to not only enhance services to students but also tap OU research, share material with the public and build OU’s national and international brand as an innovative university.

“We are extremely excited about using iTunes U to share OU programs,” OU President David Boren said. “iTunes U gives us the best way to make educational opportunities available to our students through our digital education initiatives.” 

The initiative builds on Boren’s challenge to OU’s academic community to broadly implement technology through videos and dynamic online course materials, allowing for more time in the classroom and laboratory for discussion, student engagement and hands-on experiences. 

The scope of the initiative will continue to expand as additional popular content becomes available.

It currently features lectures and guest speakers from the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, the Institute for American Constitutional Heritage and more.

A student-led feature on the iTunes U homepage gaining popularity is OU’s “Talking Up A Storm” series on weather-related content from the Oklahoma Weather Lab.

OWL is a student organization on the Norman campus that allows current students the opportunity to produce weather forecasts for the world.

Demonstrating the University’s simultaneous focus on dynamic classroom experiences, the University established its first active learning classroom, “The Core,” which is being utilized by a full schedule of classes this fall. For more information, visit itunes.ou.edu, freedom.ou.edu and bit.ly/OneUniversity.

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