Apple made some sort of announcement today revolutionising everything, reinventing everything, or something…
The OU may have been in the presentation as part of the story to date or as part of the story to come…
…but I couldn’t tell from a quick trawl of related OU sites…(http://www.open.ac.uk/itunes redirects to http://www.open.edu/itunes/ but there’s no “news” there, http://www.open.ac.uk/itunesu 404s, and there’s nothing (yet?) on the OU media release page (note that http://www.open.ac.uk/press 404s). http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ has no news, nor does http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ . The community site http://www.open.ac.uk/platform/ has, err, no news I can see, except maybe providing a bit of balance?!;-)
(Will Android users be invited in to the new world order? Hmm..and I wonder, does the iTunesU stuff come with “free” DRM to protect the user….?[IT’s been pointed out to me in comments that iTunesU is DRM free… Still worth checking round the various iTunesU and iBook Author license conditions though…])
To show solidarity with the often (incorrectly perceived as) flakey nature of academic computery related things, Apple adopted sector standards in terms of dynamic page building (“an error occurred”):
And link checking:
[Related: from Patrick McAndrew, iBook Author – is it OER incompatible?]
PS I don’t have an iPad, or an iPhone, my Mac is running an O/S two versions old, and my iPod touch is first generation. So presumably I won’t be able to try any of the new stuff out anyway?
PPS I’m a little intrigued as to why http://open.edu redirects to http://www.open.ac.uk/ but http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn redirects to http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ and http://www.open.ac.uk/itunes redirects to http://www.open.edu/itunes/ The university wide top level navigation on the .edu site also leads in to open.ac.uk pages, but then there is no browseable way back to the .edu site?
PPPS nice to see the iBooks Author app is “free”… you need a Mac with the latest O/S of course; and an iPad for the best reading experience. £1k should get you started, if you have the educational discount. Bargain. Free’s nice, isn’t it?:-)