Weekend ahead! So time to fill time with some educational materials on your mobile devices. At the time where massive online open courses are on the rise and there is increased focus on available free resources online, we thought we would follow up our post on apps for information/data on higher ed with a glance on available apps that provide access to lectures and courses – preferably related to social sciences in a broad sense.
Should be noted that it is a pity some of the major MOOC providers – Coursera, Udacity and MITx/EdX have not expanded activities to well functioning apps this far.We found some information about a Coursera app here, but the app does not seem to be found on iTunes (if you know an app for these – please let us know in the comments!)
Of course, any additional tips on apps you prefer and have found useful are extremely welcome in the comments!
Overview and benefits: Basically what the name says. The app links to a database of hundreds of courses and lecture series that are downloadable for viewing. Ranging from audio recordings to professionally produced video recordings from sessions at seminars and conferences, the app offers a great variety of available themes and topics. However, the production quality of the courses and lectures varies greatly. Nevertheless one of our favourites, there are a number of very interesting lecture series available in social sciences.
Drawbacks: varied recording quality, and that this is of course iProduct, Apple only. However, for Android users, not all hope is gone, Tunesviewer makes all this available on Android devices (preferably Android version 2.2 and later) and even on Linux computers!