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To view HACC’s lists of iTunes U courses and collections, please visit http://www.hacc.edu/iTunesU.cfm
- On Jan. 25, 2007, 32 HACC employees, most of whom were faculty members, started “HACC on iTunes U” pilot that allowed users to download the content for free. Five months later, on June 29, 2007, Apple® introduced the first iPhone.
- The number of downloads of HACC’s educational podcasts reached 6.5 million in 2011 with 64 podcast available and included subjects like astronomy, mathematics and literature.
- On Jan. 19, 2012, Apple® launched its iTunes U Course Manager, iTunes U App and iBooks. HACC is one of the six pilot members to help launch it. The innovation meant that complete programs can be downloaded or viewed with Apple®’s mobile devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod touch) for free. Each noncredit course comes with the instructor bio, catalog description, learning outcomes, table of contents, assessments and timelines for the assigned work at the users’ pace. The collections can be downloaded from the iTunes Store in the iTunes app on a Mac or Windows computer. Downloads are free but students do not get college credit for completing them.
- On Oct 7, 2013, HACC’s Mobile Learning Project kicked off with 23 faculty members working on 20 various projects. This introduced a new cohort of faculty to the iTunes U world and notably broaden the diversity of HACC iTunes U offerings from math and science only to nursing, composition, gerontology, library research, accounting and computer software instruction.
- In fall 2015, HACC launched iOS-device required courses. These classes require students to have an iPhone and/or iPad that meets the minimum tech specs for the course. As of spring 2017, HACC has six iOS-device required courses. These courses include both face-to-face and online iOS classes. Students use their own instructors’ iTunes U course or collection and the required iBook. HACC is the only known institution in the world to launch iOS-device required classes.
- In January 2017, HACC opened the HawkTech Store, an Apple®-authorized repair center, in the Harrisburg Campus Bookstore and online for students at all HACC campuses.
- In September 2017, HACC joined a handful of community colleges in the country in partnership with Apple® to offer a new coding curriculum for students. The course is based on Apple®’s “App Development with Swift” program and will make it easy for individuals to learn how to design, code, test and deploy apps. Students who enroll in and successfully complete the program will have marketable skills that can be applied in a variety of job settings.
- HACC’s iTunes U courses and collections have grown tremendously with 13,299,400 downloads since 2012. The College’s iTunes U reach has also grown to include 3,761,662 streams, 6,265,479 visitors and 2,104,009 subscriptions since 2012.
- So far in 2017, the number of downloads of HACC’s education podcasts has reached a total of 13,299,400 with 76 podcast collections and 28 full courses.
- HACC offers 28 complete iTunes U courses and 76 academic collections that cover subjects like math, biology, psychology, history, English, astronomy and accounting.
- HACC offers seven iOS device (iPhone or iPad) required classes. The subjects cover algebra, astronomy, anatomy and physiology, business writing, college writing, composition and geology.
For more information about iTunes U at HACC, please contact Qiquan Wang at 717-780-2592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.