Fiction for Young Adults subject online
‘With the immense popularity of recent teen reads like Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games it is important to explore how this group (no longer children, but not yet adults) finds identity and excitement in their literature,’ says lecturer David Beagley. ‘Tied in with this is how these stories translate into movies and how fans all over the world can (and do!) share their ideas and enthusiasms through social media and fan sites.’
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 Australian university to provide content on iTunes U courses, having launched the initiative in February 2012. Other universities contributing include Stanford, Oxford University and Yale University.
In semester one, six La Trobe University subjects provided content for iTunes U. Combined they had over 100,000 subscribers to the courses, more than 2.3 million downloads of lectures and material, received national media coverage and were widely promoted by Apple to its vast audience on the iTunes U platform.
This is David Beagley’s fourth subject on iTunes U. His previous subjects were met with great success, reaching an online audience of 21,529 subscribers and more than 575,000 downloads.
‘I am absolutely amazed at the reach of iTunes U and the contact it gives me with people all around the world,’ says Beagley. ‘My own students enjoy the ease of downloading straight to their phones or iPods, but getting message from listeners in the US, or Britain, or Turkey has really made me work even more on my own teaching and lesson planning.’
‘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.‘
Fiction for Young Adults course on iTunes U
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