Apple today announced that it will be phasing out its Apple Learning Interchange (ALI) site as of September 3rd, diverting its users to iTunes U for that program's educational resources.
For years the Apple Learning Interchange (ALI) has served as an important resource for educators to access great education content, share best practices, and learn more about using technology in the context of teaching and learning. Over the last three years, iTunes U in the iTunes Store has grown to be an even larger education resource.
On September 3, 2010, Apple will be phasing out the ALI website and we invite you to visit iTunes U and the following resources to continue learning and collaborating with other educators. As we look ahead, we believe that iTunes U is the best way to meet the growing needs of teachers and students demanding flexible access to world-class curriculum and learning resources.
Apple has added an option to the ALI site to allow those users who have contributed content to download and archive their contributions before the site's contents are deleted next month.
While the ALI program has been mostly invisible to the vast majority of users, it has long been a valued resource for a number of K-12 educators, assisting them with developing lesson plans, receiving technology advice, and networking. The site gained a brief bit of attention last year when the company announced that ALI users' names and passwords may have been compromised.