La Trobe extends its reach with iTunes-U

The Australian    8 August 2012

La Trobe University is the only Australian university offering courses through iTunes-U, which it views as a shop window to full online degrees.  It’s first-semester iTunes-U offering, which takes in the history, literature, art and architecture of ancient Greece to the end of the 5th century BC, has attracted a staggering 45,500 subscribers and still counting.

La Trobe has six first-semester courses on iTunes-U with a total of 100,000 subscribers and 2.3 million downloads of lectures and materials. The university now is considering whether to offer a certificate of recognition for completing its courses as it looks to capitalise on the phenomenal success of its podcasts.

Certification would require subscribers to take an online multiple choice test, after which they could get a certificate.

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