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The Great Courses brings the world’s greatest professors to millions who want to go deeper on the subjects that interest them most. No exams. No homework. No schedule. Just a world of knowledge available anytime, anywhere, via audio OR video.

• Stream any course you have purchased (Internet connection required)
• Download your lectures to enjoy later when not connected
• Access course guidebooks (included with most courses)
• Easily manage your stored audio/video lectures
• Sign up for a FREE account

Your Digital Library includes digital editions purchased directly from The Great Courses, and does not include courses purchased from other retailers.

More than 500 courses available at

What's New in Version 4.0

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Customer Reviews

They offer great courses!

My discovery of the Great Courses was one of life's big treats. From resources in the art world to exploring cultures to polishing up cooking skills, science, health, the human personality, literature - it has been an incredible ride. I like and use the books that come with each title. The presentations are informative and fascinating. The diversity of presentation styles and personalities reflect the individuality of the presenters. I am ok with the variations course to course. Better than being a canned clone. Purchasing some titles as audio is much kinder to my budget. I have always found their customer service staff cordial, accommodating, and knowledgeable. Their willingness to be pleasantly helpful is a major plus. In my line of work, I do a lot of research. I find the Great Courses to be just that - Great courses. Something for everyone. Since I don't have buckets of money to burn, the sales they offer help feed my my hunger to learn more. It's a great company that offers a great product!

Great Courses but Mediocre App

This is a review for the functionality of the app, not the content of the courses I've downloaded in the app.

This app makes it too easy to skip a lecture or replay a lecture you have already listened to. It also makes it too difficult to move around within a lecture.

This app should automatically and unmistakably indicate which lectures you have already completed, from those you have started but not yet completed, from those you have not even parted yet. As it is, played, I played, and in-progress lectures appear essentially identical.

This app should allow you to jump ahead or jump back 30 seconds or so in order to listen to that bit you didn't quite catch and then return. As it is, the slightest touch of the slider takes the lecture backwards or forwards by at least 5 minutes, and as much as 20.

The app should give you the option to automatically stop the playback when a lecture ends, rather than automatically roll into the next lecture. As it is, I'm always having to stop mid-lecture when the app rolls on to the next lecture and I have to stop midstream to get off the train at my destination or begin some task or the other.

The app ought to have a sleep timer for convenience.

The app doesn't malfunction, but it lacks much of the basic functionality most of us have come to expect of our iPhone apps. Coming from an outfit as respected as The Great Courses, this surprises me.

This is a review of the Great Courses app

The Great Courses themselves I give 5 stars. Of course, I only choose those courses that interest me, so your mileage may vary.

I only give the app 4 stars because it inexplicably lacks several navigation features during video playback that, if present, would make it easier and more pleasant to use. They are:

1. A button that would replay the last 15 seconds for when you just need to repeat a sentence or two. The slider that is present at the bottom of the screen is much too fussy to adjust for such small intervals.

2. There should be an option for disabling the automatic continuation to the next lecture. I often am watching (attending?) multiple lectures at once. It is tedious at the end of a lecture to wait for the next lecture in the series to start, only so that I can pause it and move to my next 'class'.

3. The pause button on my earbuds don't pause the playback --- they should.

The rest of the app is great. It's attractively designed and quite nice to look at. I like the ability to download individual lectures for off line views --- and the management of this feature is very good: it is easy to see which lectures are already downloaded; it is easy to remove previously downloaded lectures to save memory space on your reading device.

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  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 4.0
  • Size: 33.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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