Glamorgan First in Wales to join iTunes U

March 9, 2010

The University of Glamorgan has become the first university in Wales to join other world-class universities on iTunes U.

iTunes U is a dedicated area of the iTunes Store that offers free audio and video content from leading education institutions. Users can download content that interests them onto their personal computers, iPod or iPhone.

Launched today, March 9th, The University of Glamorgan on iTunes U will be packed with recordings of lectures, examples of students’ work, interviews with lecturers and fascinating facts about the University. All will be accessible across the globe.

The University is joining other educational and cultural organisations and museums across the world in providing audio and video content which can be downloaded free of charge.

The teaching impact of this project for students will include: delivering easy 24 hour access to educational material; distance learning; prerecording lectures to make them available at any time and supplementing lectures given during core contact hours. The site will include content from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, which is part of the Glamorgan Group.

Prof Clive Mulholland, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University, is pioneering the project at Glamorgan. He said, “For the first time, the specialist work and expertise of those working and studying at Glamorgan will be available to the world. This means that no matter where you are, you will be able to listen to a Glamorgan lecture, which raises our academic profile on a worldwide scale.

“Some of the world’s best known and most highly respected universities have a presence on iTunes U and we are thrilled to be the first in Wales to make our mark.”

Richard Tunstall, a Senior Lecturer at the Glamorgan Business School, is one of the academics to have his work appear on iTunes U. He commented, “As an academic community, our role is to share leading-edge knowledge and research that makes an impact with students, other researchers, businesses and the general public.

“Being at the first university in Wales to take part in iTunes U gives us an opportunity to start a conversation with the public about topics that matter to them, which might satisfy their curiosity, help them to understand important issues, or be the beginning of a new journey of lifelong learning. iTunes U also provides an opportunity to share some of the exciting ideas coming out of Wales, from students through to professors, and illustrate why Wales is such an exciting place to be.”

Sarah Crossman, 25, from Penarth, graduated from the University’s Computer Animation course last year. Her work is among the student pieces available on iTunes U. She commented, “It is an honour and a privilege that my showreel is representing such a great course and University. To get this recognition shows how my hard work has paid off.”

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