iPod touch for Shepparton education students
Top class learning resources are now never out of reach for 88 La Trobe students in Shepparton who will today receive an iPod Touch to assist them with their studies.
The students, from the University’s Graduate Diploma in Education (Middle Years) at the Shepparton campus will receive an Apple iPod Touch as an integral part of their course in 2010.
The $55,000 initiative is fully funded by La Trobe University, and students will return the iPods once they have completed the course.
‘The iPod Touch will help students because it will enhance the distance learning aspects of the course and improve student access to online information which is a vital component of the Diploma of Education (Middle Years),’ says Dr Caroline Walta who is course co-ordinator.
‘By using cutting edge technology now, our students will be better equipped to implement new learning technologies into their teaching in the future’ she said.
The iPod Touch is integrated with La Trobe’s Learning Management System and a virtual classroom software called Elluminate, giving students a mobile and flexible platform for them to access course material through podcasts and to share their own learning.
‘Online learning is becoming a vital part of the way universities teach their students, and I believe the introduction of iPods as part of the Graduate Diploma of Middle Years curriculum is a great step forward..
‘Our Faculty of Education at La Trobe will carefully monitor the results of this initiative during 2010 to explore its potential for use in other courses,’ said Dr Walta.
Apple Corporation’s iPod and the iTunes software platform gives over 250 million users worldwide access to movies, television and music. Now, with the advent of iTunes University -iTunesU, (an online open learning resource developed as part of iTunes software) users can also access educational information and courses from some of the best universities in the world.
La Trobe became the eighth Australian university to join iTunesU in August last year, and since then it has seen phenomenal interest from an audience that is truly international. Downloads of podcasts and video casts from the La Trobe on iTunesU page have averaged 60 000 per month, while visitors from over 120 countries worldwide regularly download La Trobe material.
The 88 students will receive their iPods at an information session jointly run by Connecting Point IT representatives and the Faculty of Education-Shepparton at the GV hotel conference centre on Wednesday 17 March at 9.30 a.m and while there’s no guarantee on the quality of each student’s music choice, at least the iPods provide them all an equal opportunity for a successful start to their university life.
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