Earlier this year, we were thrilled when Apple made three major announcements that indicated the corporation’s interest in education. Of those three announcements, we’ve been watching the progress of iTunes U very closely – and today we are pleased to announce the launch of the Saylor Foundation on iTunes U!

“Saylor’s free, complete and intuitively-structured courses built with the self-directed student in mind are a natural fit for iTunes U which combines lectures, iBooks, educational apps and reference tools for a fully integrated experience,” said Alana Harrington, Director of the Saylor Foundation.

Beginning early this morning, 18 of our free, self-paced and automated college-level courses became available on our very own iTunes U site. These courses, hailing from our 12 disciplines, consist of nearly 1,000 readings and 300 video lectures – and we’re only adding more! We hope that by making our educational materials available on this amazing educational platform, we will be able to extend our reach and to continue to get our courses into the hands of knowledge-hungry individuals.

“We’re excited to launch the Saylor Foundation on iTunes U and increase free access to education around the globe,” said Harrington.

You can find the full press release here – and be sure to head over to itunes.com/saylor to see our official iTunes U site.