Curtin University of Technology today launched Curtin on iTunes U, providing the ability to deliver free educational content through the iTunes store.
iTunes U is a dedicated area within the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com), offering free educational content including course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, and campus tours, all available for download in the same way individuals access music and movies on the iTunes Store.
Director of Curtin’s Digital Media Unit, Rick Barrett, said Curtin on iTunes U not only offered educational content from selected experts, but was also an outlet for Curtin students to showcase their work and features specially prepared content targeted at assisting secondary school students.
“For the first time our students would be able to publish evidence of their achievements from electronic portfolios that showcase their skills and ability and that can be shared with a worldwide audience,” he said.
Mr Barrett said a key feature of Curtin’s iTunes U site was a special section designed to reach out to high school students by providing lectures and tutorials on chemistry, economics, and English that would assist them with their studies.
“We hope that this would be the beginning of a new level of interaction between the university and secondary school students that will evolve in 2010,” he said.
Other sections on Curtin’s iTunes U sites are:
- Curtin: ideas and discussions
Selected expert lectures and speeches
- Culture at Curtin
Information on the John Curtin Gallery; indigenous culture at Curtin
- All about us
Information on Curtin
- Studying at Curtin
Information on courses; testimonials; course-related videos
Curtin on iTunes U is accessible through the iTunes and all materials are free to download.