CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 4, 2011 — Today, MIT OpenCourseWare announced the release of the new OCW LectureHall iPhone app, which utilizes Irynsoft LLC's VIRT2GO platform to make viewing OCW lectures a social experience in which users can update and keep tabs on their Facebook friends, post to a forum, and leave ratings and reviews of individual videos. Users can also download video for offline viewing as well as take notes and conduct web searches while watching video. The LectureHall app is available through the iTunes Store.
"The new LectureHall app provides a multidimensional experience for iPhone users," says Stephen Carson, OCW's External Relations Director. "Instead of simply watching the video, users can discuss the content and enhance their understanding with related materials."
The beta version of LectureHall has been available on the iTunes App Store since July 2010, and has already been downloaded over 10,000 times. Irynsoft is also working on an Android version of the LectureHall app, expected to be released in the summer of 2011. The LectureHall app is part of a larger effort by MIT OpenCourseWare to distribute MIT's course materials more widely. In addition to this mobile platform effort, MIT OpenCourseWare also distributes course materials on hard drives to bandwidth-constrained regions; through translation affiliates; and through distribution affiliates including iTunes U, YouTube, the Internet Archive and Videolectures.net.
Irynsoft is a software and services company that is focused on mobile and web technologies, based in the Bay Area of California and was established as an LLC in late 2009. Irynsoft's primary business is to provide a platform for educational institutions and companies to deliver content and social collaboration services on mobile devices. The platform (VIRT2GO) is an interactive mobile learning platform where you find and "attend" lectures & collaborate among a social network of peers, all within a rich smartphone interface. With VIRT2GO's portability & community, students overcome the biggest hurdles that impede online educational success: finding the time and finding the help.
An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials—often including syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, and exams—organized as courses. While OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiatives typically do not provide a degree, credit, or certification, or access to instructors, the materials are made available under open licenses for use and adaptation by educators and learners around the world.
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of substantially all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses—more than 2,000 in all—available on the Web, free of charge, to any user in the world. OCW receives an average of 1.5 million web site visits per month from more than 215 countries and territories worldwide. To date, more than 100 million individuals have accessed OCW materials.