Beware of geeks baring gifts
The redoubtable Stephen
has just sent me another of his always stimulating emails of "Things you might be interested in" included this time was a link to a fine rant about iTunesU. Titled "The Problem with iTunes U
" by Chris Dawson on the ambiguously named OpenMinded
(well in this context it's ambiguous). The post pokes a stick in the mouth of Apple's gift horse to the educational community. I've been slightly suspicious of Apple's seeming magnaminity in giving away what they could have sold - a convenient way to publish educational podcasts with no worries about the extra load on institutional servers. Chris uncovers some of the less than "open" fishhooks in the "free" offer.
As for me I'll continue to place my
podcasts on my own site till either Carey signs up with someone like iTunesU and produces an institutional approach - then I guess I'll get institutionalised!
Maybe the motto of iTunesU could be a Latinised version of "Learning from Microsoft: Educating to takeover the world"...