CSU Web Channel’s iPad Tutorials Draw Apple’s Notice

iPad training logoCOLUMBUS, Ga. - Thanks to a nod of approval from Apple’s iTunes, a Columbus State University video podcast for new iPad users has spiked the viewership of a university Web channel.

Daily visits to COEHP, a Web channel operated by CSU’s College of Education and Health Professions, have increased from about 250 to 3,500 since the channel’s “iPad Basics: Getting Started” was selected recently by Apple for its “New and Noteworthy” front-page menu of the iTunes Store website.

“That 3,500 figure doesn’t even include all the viewers,” said Counseling Professor Michael Baltimore, creator of both the six-part tutorial and COEHP. “We can’t count the visits by way of the link from iTunes directly to the podcast, so there’s no telling right now high that number actually is.” (Only visits to the channel, separately linked to iTunes, have been counted.)

Baltimore, who developed the tutorial upon the request of faculty colleagues, said he predicts the iPad will become a staple on campuses, replacing the bulkier laptop computer as an efficient tool for note-taking, e-mail, Microsoft Word and other applications, such as downloading textbooks. “I believe this is going to prompt publishers to market more downloaded textbooks.”

Viewers of the iPad tutorial have joined those from around the world, who have logged on to the COEHP for a variety of educational and training content from CSU faculty and students since the channel went live in October 2009. Programs run on a rotating schedule and are accessible from an “On Demand” menu.

In addition to iTunes, COEHP is linked to YouTube, JustinTV and Facebook. To access the tutorial from the channel’s on demand menu, go to http://coehp.tv/on_demand_ipad.php.