News Release: University News

Mar. 3,  2011

Emory's iTunes U Hits 10 Million Milestone

Top Ten Albums

• Japanese Kanji
• Japanese Kana
• Mandarin Chinese
• His Holiness the Dalai Lama
• Alice Walker
• Life of the Mind Speaker Series
• Law & Religion: The Next 25 Years
• Mini Med School
• Cherokee
• Evolution Revolution

People around the world have now downloaded more than 10 million audio and video tracks from Emory University’s iTunes U site since its launch in October 2008. Lectures, special events and language lessons are now being downloaded at an average of more than 161,000 a week.

More than 90 percent of those 10 million-plus downloads are foreign language materials. Emory has carved out a niche in the iTunes U universe, where about 2 percent of all iTunes U downloads are language instruction materials produced in-house at the university, primarily through the Emory College Language Center.

Chinese and Kanji represent the bulk of downloads, especially for individual characters, and Cherokee is currently among the most popular downloads. And for those who would like to learn some Twi, Amharic, Urdu or Swahili, there is a trove of materials on more rare and less commonly taught languages produced by the Structured Independent Language Study (SILS) program. Only about a dozen students take part in SILS each semester, but materials from the program reach thousands of people.


Other popular downloads include events and talks recorded at Emory with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Alice Walker, “Evolution Revolution” and “Mini Med-School.”

Emory developed its iTunes U site as part of Apple Inc.'s larger collection of educational content, freely shared, from many of the participating institutions around the world. The numbers are current as of Feb. 20, the most recent date for available official numbers.

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