History subject launched on iTunes U

his2aah-largeSecond year subject ‘Australian Aboriginal History’ has been launched as an iTunes U Course, offering lectures and readings every week while being taught during the first semester.

‘Aboriginal -settler relations from the outset were one of the most difficult both sides faced in their daily lives, and today little has altered,’ says subject co-ordinator Professor Richard Broome. ‘This subject explores how relations unfolded in several frontier case studies - early NSW and the Northern Territory in more recent times. It helps to explain the basis of relations today’.

The subject will be taught from the Melbourne campus of La Trobe University, but is also offered to regional students at Mildura and Shepparton.

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, 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. There have been over 3 million downloads worldwide.

This is the seventh iTunes U course launched by La Trobe University, and joins another of historian Richard Broome’s subjects Australian Environmental History.

‘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.‘

Australian Aboriginal History course on iTunes U