Historian leading iTunes U instructor

Dr Rhiannon Evans has been named one of twenty leading university instructors on iTunes U, the only academic not from an institution in the United States.

Dr Rhiannon EvansiTunes U, Apple’s online education platform run through the iTunes store, has celebrated its billionth download by naming twenty leading university instructors on the platform. One of them is Dr Rhiannon Evans, a La Trobe University historian and lecturer in Mediterranean Studies.

Dr Evans' first year subject ‘The Roman World’ has also been named one of iTunes U most popular courses, alongside other La Trobe University offerings ‘Ancient Greece: Myth, Art, War’ and ‘Principles of Physics’.

Provided in the second semester of 2012, ‘The Roman World’ finished the year with more than 100,000 subscribers and 1.4 million downloads.

'We are thrilled that so many people across the world are as fascinated by Ancient Rome as we are; and being named a leading instructor is a lovely way to begin the new academic year,’ says Dr Rhiannon Evans

A dozen La Trobe University subjects provided content for iTunes U in 2012. Combined they had over 340,000 subscribers to the courses, more than 4.3 million downloads of lectures and materials, received national media coverage and were widely promoted by Apple to its vast audience on the iTunes U platform.

La Trobe University has been a popular provider since joining the iTunes U community in 2009. Since then it has provided more than a thousand podcasts and videos to a worldwide audience, and received more than 12 million downloads.

The acknowledgement for Dr Evans’ success comes the same week as she launches a new course on iTunes U, second year subject ‘Classical Mythology’. First year subject ‘Ancient Greece’ will also recommence with fresh material.

Other courses launched this semester include ‘Principles of Human Nutrition’, ‘Philosophical Problems’, 'Strategic Communications’ and ‘Introduction to Business Law’, bringing the total number of courses to eighteen.

‘The interest in the ancient world subjects on ITunesU has been remarkable,’ says Professor Christopher Mackie, head of the School of Humanities. ‘We are very proud of the quality of our offerings, and this has been reflected in the astonishing world-wide audience of the lectures.’

‘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.‘

Media enquiries
Dr Rhiannon Evans | Ph: +61 3 9479 1856 | Email: r.evans@latrobe.edu.au
Professor Christopher Mackie | Ph: +61 3 9479 5246 | Email: c.mackie@latrobe.edu.au
Matt Smith | Ph: +61 3 9479 5513 | Email: matthew.smith@latrobe.edu.au