La Trobe offering courses on iTunesU

La Trobe offering courses on iTunesU

16 Aug 2011

The courses include; History of Children’s Literature, Web Publishing for Journalists and Australian Environmental History.

itunesUThe podcasted lectures and materials, which are accessible to anyone free of charge, are updated every week and include audio, lecturing slides and videos.

‘La Trobe University continues to explore exciting new possibilities in the online community and by making subject lectures  available to all at La Trobe on iTunesU we are contributing  to a truly global conversation and sharing the knowledge of our academics with a wider audience,’ says Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Professor John Rosenberg.

Five La Trobe University subjects are now available to anyone wishing to download through the University’s growing presence at La Trobe on iTunesU.

Lecturer in Literacy Education, David Beagley, is providing three courses for free on iTunes U; History of Children’s Literature (1st year), Genres in Children’s Literature (1st year) and Postcolonial Literature for Children (3rd year).

‘Despite it being such a huge market and powerful teaching tool, children's literature gets very little academic attention. It is rarely considered as ‘real’ literature the way adult texts are considered. Putting my lectures up might open someone’s eyes somewhere to the immense richness and variety of children's texts and make them think,’ Mr Beagley says.

Also online is Web Publishing for Journalists, a subject taught by Dr Christopher Scanlon which will help student journalists with basic tools of the trade, such as web design and graphics, HTML coding and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

There is also an Australian Environmental History course by Professor Richard Broome and Associate Professor Katie Holmes, which looks at Australia's early geological history and how competing ideas of land use since then have shaped and changed the environment.

La Trobe University had its 2 millionth podcast downloaded in July 2011 and topics are proving to be very popular with global audiences. About 30 per cent of these are from Asia, especially China.

Try one of La Trobe University’s iTunesU subjects:

David Beagley:

Dr Christopher Scanlon:

Professor Richard Broome and Associate Professor Katie Holmes:

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