Being an Ohio State staff member gives you access to lots of cool things, and iTunes U is one of them. While iTunes U is actually free to all users, at OSU you have the added benefit of working with the local experts at Digital First, who can help you build your own course to share with the world or guide you in your own learning.
iTunes U is a dynamic digital content distribution platform for educational materials. You probably know -- or certainly would guess by the name -- that iTunes is an Apple product, but you don't have to have an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or even a Mac to access iTunes U. Anyone can access iTunes U via iTunes using a PC with Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 or later, Windows XP or later, and on Android via TunesViewer. The following video will walk your through how to access iTunes U on a PC or Mac computer: http://youtu.be/_8tfMW9aWV8?hd=1.
Once you create an iTunes account, the fun begins! Professors can post videos, audio recordings, PDFs, eBooks, and apps on iTunes U. Students and life long learners can access very popular courses from Ohio State professors and from hundreds of other professors at universities across the United States and around the world, including Stanford, Duke and MIT.
If you're not in school and don't plan to be anytime soon, you can still find free downloadable content that interests you. For example Jill Geisler with the Poynter Institute, author of What Great Bosses Know, has several 5-minute training sessions of the same title. Other examples are iPad & iPhone App Development (Stanford University), The Historical Jesus (Stanford University), Understanding Computers and the Internet (Harvard University), Cybersecurity (Carnegie Mellon) and much, much more.
Best of all, iTunes U is extremely user friendly. If you're a beginner and want more direction, Apple is offering a free webinar series about iTunes U. To register visit https://edseminars.apple.com/itunesu_webcast_series.