Journalism subject launched on iTunes U
Second year subject ‘Press and Society’ has been launched as an iTunes U Course, offering lectures and readings every week while being taught during the first semester.
Press and Society looks at the role that newspapers and magazines play in economic, political, social and personal life. It focuses in particular on issues of press ownership, control, and the changing business models that underpin journalism.
‘Making the subject materials available on iTunesU is consistent with the spirit and content of the subject’, said Dr Christopher Scanlon, coordinator of the course. ‘Press and Society is all about how our media landscape is changing, so it makes sense to be part of those changes through iTunesU.
‘It’s also a great way to expand access to the subject. LIke most other people, students are often busy with work and family commitments and getting to class isn’t always easy. iTunesU is a great way for students to keep up with class work without stepping foot on campus’.’
iTunes U Courses is a new delivery method from Apple Corporation which allows a worldwide audience to access freely available course teaching material through iTunes at the same time as students, regardless of location or enrolment.
La Trobe University is the first and only Australian university to provide content on iTunes U courses, joining a community consisting of universities such as Stanford, Oxford University and Yale University.
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.
Four previous iTunes U courses have been released this year, on subjects ‘The European Union in the New Millennium’, ‘Australian Environmental History’, ‘History of Children’s Literature’, and ‘Postcolonial Literature for Children’.
‘I’m delighted that La Trobe University continues to be at the forefront of developments in online digital education,’ says Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor 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.‘