Perusing Podcasts and Courseware on Your iPad

By Bob LeVitus, Edward C. Baig, Bryan Chaffin

In iOS 11, Apple features both podcasts and content that used to be called iTunes U collections, all inside the Podcasts app. Podcasts are like Internet radio, although instead of listening to live streams, you download files to your Mac, PC, iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Lots of audio podcasts are available, but the focus here is on video. You can watch free episodes that cover Sesame Street, sports, investing, political shows, news, technology, and much more.

There’s also a stand-alone iTunes U app, for taking iTunes U courses at Harvard, Stanford, and other prestigious institutions, as shown here. iTunes U boasts more than 1 million free lectures and other educational resources from around the world, many of them videos. And iTunes U now has content for younger students too, from K-12.

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Get smart. iTunes U offers a slew of lectures on diverse topics.

Some teachers even add homework and grade you (though that’s still not typical). You might also have private discussions with your professor through the app, which is amazing. And here’s unqualified good news: there’s no tuition.