The new iTunes U application for iPad and iPhone offers good examples of courses that include support for the enhanced features in iBooks 2, Apple informs via Inside iTunes.
“The new iTunes U app allows educators at universities, colleges, and K-12 schools to design and deliver full courses directly to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch."
"Free to everyone, the courses cover everything from astronomy to business skills to the knife skills of a professional chef and more,” Apple states.
There are currently over 500,000 free lectures, videos, and books, on iTunes U in the iTunes Store.
Thanks to the enhancements in the iTunes U app, your iPad now supports features that let you view course assignment lists, track your progress, make notes on the go, as well as see highlights from linked materials.
Students can see the complete list of materials the instructor is using, and they can get a free subscription to American Revolution from Yale, Open University's Communicating Through Music, Core Concepts in Chemistry from Duke, and even iPad and iPhone App Development (Fall 2011) from Stanford, according to Apple.
“The iTunes U app keeps a library of the courses you subscribe to just as iBooks keeps a library of the books you buy. To navigate between the catalog and your courses, use the buttons on the top left on iPad and the top right on iPhone and iPod touch,” reads this new iTunes tip.
The covers for the courses that support iBooks 2 will show up a spiral binding on the left.
Students can use the tabs (on the right on iPad, across the bottom on iPhone and iPod touch) to explore the assignments, notes and materials.