Apps class updated for iOS 6

Brent IzutsuIt’s back!

The wildly popular iTunes U course, Coding Together: Developing Apps for iPhone and iPad, has been updated for iOS 6, the software that runs the latest versions of iPhones and iPads.

It’s the sixth time around for this class, which draws hundreds of thousands of followers around the world. The class rocketed to fame in 2009, when it got 1 million downloads in its first seven weeks of existence.

The free iTunes U course is based on Stanford’s in-class version, taught by computer science lecturer PAUL HEGARTY, an engineer who worked with Apple founder STEVE JOBS at NeXT.

The latest iteration launched Tuesday, Jan. 22, and enrollments close on Feb. 1. For a preview, click here.

“With over 500,000 subscribers for our previous course in fall 2011, we’re excited to offer an update to our most popular iTunes U course,” said BRENT IZUTSU, Stanford’s director of digital media.

“Now that we’ve got an expanded product line, from iPhones and iPod Touches to iPads, and now iPad minis, it will be fascinating to see what apps people come up with using the latest tools.”

Piazza, a platform used in several of Stanford’s other online courses, will provide the ability for online participants to learn socially. When the course was offered last year, more than 12,000 of the 100,000 online learners from 120 countries participated in the discussions on Piazza.

Students liked the peer-to-peer feature, Izutsu said, because it allowed them to emulate the experience of a classroom course on their own schedule – the best of both worlds.

—R. F. MACKAY, Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning