My iTunes U Courses and iBooks

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My iTunes U Courses and iBooks

I appear to be the only one in my college interested in creating courses but not letting that stop me. To date I have 3 different courses and each of them contain iBooks. The reason I have iBooks without my courses is to have some structure. I know a lot of courses have content such as video tutorials but iBooks allow me to include these within the book. What I do is create a book and then within the book have examples of work created by students and then within the other course materials I have links to the apps and/or websites referenced within the book. These are the three courses I have made public if anyone is interested.

1. English as a Second Language.

This course has been downloaded thousands of times and the idea behind this was to cut down on paperwork. While thing year I didn’t have an english group to teach I had the previous of couple of years and there was a ridiculous amount of paperwork required in the module. The last time I taught it most of the students had iPads/iPhones so we decided to try and it out see if it would work and the students picked up the language a lot faster. It still needs a few improvements but has worked very well with students who now fill in their questions and take tests from within the book. If anyone comes across a widget that allows you to fill in the blanks in paragraphs I would be grateful if you could pass on the info as this is the one thing I need to complete it.

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2. The Internet.

The internet is one of the core modules for a lot of courses within the college and quite often I find students and/or teachers don’t have a clue so I created this iBook and course to tackle that. It looks at various aspects of the internet from connections to safety, social media, marketing, eLearning and web-design.

This book is based on the Irish FETAC Level 5 module and covers all the theory side of the course.

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3. Digital Marketing

Again this book is based on a FETAC module and covers what is required when setting up a digital marketing campaign. My students set up a page on Facebook and create content. This book and course looks at how you come up with ideas, creating cover and profile images using photo apps, creating video content as well as creating Ads and seeing how well you are engaging with your audience. This module has been taught for the past two years and this book was inspired by this years course who did some excellent campaigns which I have featured within the book and course

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