First Nordic universities on iTunesU

(04.08.2009) The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the University of Stavanger are the first Nordic universities to post lectures and talks on iTunesU for free download.

NTNU posted roughly 90 lectures Tuesday under the name "NTNU Open Courseware". The lectures range from popular presentations to formal course lectures, the majority of which are in Norwegian. Among the English-language videos that was posted is an interview with the Norwegian Nobel Prize winner Ivar Giaever, a graduate of one of NTNU’s predecessors, NTH.

The NTNU lectures can be found at http://itunes.ntnu.no. The website allows videos to be downloaded and viewed on iPods that have a video function, as well as iPhones, Macs and PCs. iTunes U is an area of the iTunes Store where universities and colleges upload lectures, laboratory demonstrations and courses to share freely. Much of this content can be downloaded as podcasts.

iTunes U was launched in 2007. American universities such as Stanford, MIT and Yale were among the first to post material for download. European universities began posting to the site last year, but until today no Nordic country had posted course material on the site.