The Roman World launched on iTunes U

The ColosseumFirst year subject ‘The Roman World’ has been launched as an iTunes U Course, offering lectures and readings every week while being taught during the second semester.
‘Ancient Rome continues to be a source of fascination, and 'The Roman World' on iTunes U opens up an accessible, first year university subject to all who are interested in the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean,’ says subject coordinator Dr Rhiannon Evans.

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 the second subject published on iTunes U from the School of Historical and European Studies at La Trobe University, with the first semester subject ‘Ancient Greece: Myth, Art and War’ receiving more than half a million downloads worldwide.

‘There is enormous interest today in the study of Ancient Greece around the world, and this is reflected in the number of downloads for our first year subject,’ says Professor Christopher Mackie, head of the School of Historical and European Studies. ‘The same is true of Classical Rome, which forms the second and major part of the course. This is a new subject at La Trobe, and we feel we have brought an interesting and informative perspective to the study of Roman antiquity.’

‘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.‘

The Roman World on iTunes U

Professor Christopher Mackie
Phone: +61 3 9479 5246

Dr Rhiannon Evans
Phone: +61 3 9479 1856