La Trobe has become the first Australian university on iTunes to release ‘iTunes U courses’ – a new delivery method from Apple Corporation which allows a world-wide audience free access to course teaching material at the same time as students, regardless of location or enrolment.
The development coincides with La Trobe’s celebration of its three millionth podcast downloaded from iTunes U in more than 150 countries.
Since its launch in October 2009, ‘La Trobe University on iTunes U’ has established itself as an important member of the iTunes U community, with more than 600 podcasts and videos covering the spread of the University’s wealth of knowledge.
The first two La Trobe courses under the new delivery method, which was announced by Apple on Friday 20 January, are ‘History of Children’s Literature’ and ‘The European Union in the New Millennium’. More will follow as the semester progresses.
Right time to learn about Europe
Dr Stefan Auer, who teaches about the European Union, is excited at the prospect of a huge worldwide audience for his courses.
‘This is an especially relevant time to study contemporary European politics and I am thrilled about this new platform, which we can use to reach students well beyond our campus. The EU is global, and so is our subject!’
Since 2009 La Trobe University has been providing a wide range of free material including lectures, interviews, and videos, reaching thousands of new listeners and potential students on a daily basis.
Many notable interviewees
Notable interviews include former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser, Nobel Prize winner in medicine Professor Harald zur Hausen, human rights and refugee advocate Julian Burnside QC, former Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry, and many respected La Trobe academics.
‘I’m delighted that La Trobe University continues to be at the forefront of developments in online digital education,’ says Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor John Rosenberg.
‘iTunes U courses bring all relevant material together to make it simple for anyone who wants to study a subject, however complex or challenging it might be.
‘This is an idea that fits perfectly with La Trobe’s founding philosophy to make education available to everyone,’ ’ says Professor Rosenberg.