Literature subject launched on iTunes U
Second year subject ‘Genres in Children’s Literature’ has been launched as an iTunes U Course, offering lectures every week while being taught during the first semester. It is taught on the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, by lecturer David Beagley.
Genres in Children’s Literature looks at current theories of literature, with a focus on genres relating to children's literature as a form of social practice. Topics covered include critical analysis, traditional story forms, modernist and postmodern picture books, emerging formats, fantasy and realistic fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
I am really excited about how these iTunes podcasts can work,’ says Beagley. ‘Not only for my own students who can download the lecture audio direct to their mobile phones, ipods and ipads, but also for the connections that are being made with students, teachers and scholars all over the world!’
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.
Previous subjects taught by David Beagley now on iTunes U are ‘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 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.‘