I just read this very interesting article on why teachers should create their courses via iTunes U. I know that some of our teachers have created ibooks and other course materials. Would they be willing to make this content free online?
It sounds as if the main advantage for doing it through iTunes U is this:
With iTunes U, it’s easy to create your own custom courses for the iPad and teach them in your classroom. And the iTunes U app puts all the materials you create for your course— syllabus, videos, apps, iBooks, class assignments, and more—all in one place. Right in the app, your students can play videos or audio lectures, read iBooks, and view presentations. They can also see a list of course assignments, then check them off as they’re completed. One of the best features is that they can take notes within iBooks and on videos and they are all organized in one location within the course. It’s also nice that the course can continue to be changed after it’s been published. Any time you create a new post, students receive a push notification informing them of the change.edudemic.com
Check out the article, which gives you links to tutorials on how to create your own iTunes course and let me know what you think!