[LINK] iTunes hits Australian higher learning

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Jun 4 19:39:19 AEST 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.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Sydney Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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