Liberty Classroom Now Has an App! Here’s My Review

I didn’t realize this until recently (Tom emailed about it the other week), but Liberty Classroom now has an app for iOS and Android.

The app was unveiled without much press, and it’s only recently that Tom is telling people that it’s out there.  And boy, am I glad he did; I would have never gone looking for it myself.

Of course, in the pre-app days of Liberty Classroom, using your browser would have worked fine, but it was a little annoying.  Personally, I would download the mp3s to my phone and listen to the lectures on my VLC app.  It was an extra step, but I didn’t mind it too much.

Everything that is available online is right there in the app.  This includes the forum, even though the forum page seems to be just a mini browser within the app that directs to the forum’s page.

Critiques

The first thing I noticed was that when you are looking at the list of courses, the thumbnails for each course were cut off at the bottom, and the full names of each course were not displayed.  Fortunately, I’ve come to recognize each course by the picture, so it was not a big deal for me, but I can see how that might bother some people who aren’t familiar with the names of each course.

Liberty Classroom Snapshot

This can be corrected by clicking on the course picture, which take you to the course page where the full title is shown, along with the title of each lecture.

By clicking on each lecture, you are given the option of watching the video, streaming the audio, or downloading either one.

While I like having these options, I wish that I could choose the speed at which I can listen to the lecture.  On my podcasting app, I listen to the Tom Woods Show (among other podcasts) at 1.5x speed, and I wish I had the same option when listening on the Liberty Classroom app.

Final Thoughts

The Liberty Classroom app is a much needed addition to the Liberty Classroom program.  With most consumers demanding an app for every product, you either have to succumb to the will of the masses or be considered a dinosaur.  And since we all know Tom is ardent capitalist, he will usually adapt his products to meet consumer demand.

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