[LINK] iTunes hits Australian higher learning
brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Jun 4 19:39:19 EST 2008
iTunes hits Australian higher learning
By Ashley Clark
4 June 2008 01:53PM
Students in Australia and New Zealand will now be able to take the
classroom anywhere with the adoption of Apple’s iTunes U at seven
universities in the region.
iTunes U makes audio and video curriculum from lecturers available for
students to sync with their iPods or iPhones, so they can carry learning
materials anywhere they go and use them on their own time.
The first Australian and New Zealand schools to offer iTunes U include
Griffith University, Swinburne University of Technology, the Australian
National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of NSW,
the University of Western Australia and Otago University.
They join 300 universities worldwide who are already using the program,
including UCLA and University College London.
Griffith University Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Sue Spence said iTunes
U simply provides faculty with means to engage students in a way that
both appeals to them and fits in nicely with their increasingly hectic
“As students increasingly become more mobile and seek to combine their
study with work, family and other commitments, it has become essential
to deliver flexible learning,” she said.
The site also allows people outside the university atmosphere to gain
access to content, which several of the universities think could serve
as an invaluable tool for both recruiting purposes and alumni relations.
“Potential students will be able to access content on iTunes U and get a
feel for the university experience,” Spence said.
“It will grant all our students as well as any lifelong learners the
flexibility in time and place and storage of learning materials they
need and want to achieve the results they desire,” said UMA Pro-Vice
Chancellor Sue Elliott.
The site also includes a ‘Beyond Campus’ section, which features content
from educational sources other than universities, like American Public
Media, the Museum of Modern Art, and Smithsonian Global Sound.
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