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LMU Starts Podcast Portal on iTunes U

Munich, 01/13/2009

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München now has its own site on iTunes U, a dedicated part of the iTunes Store featuring educational content. On this site, LMU offers a broad spectrum of audio and video files with lectures, current research results and information about the university – all as free downloads. At “LMU on iTunes U”, LMU’s multimedia offers are bundled for the first time and can be downloaded on any computer or portable audio or video device. Users can subscribe to these podcasts that are being constantly expanded. Along with RWTH Aachen, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg and Hasso Plattner Institute, LMU Munich is one of the first continental European universities to offer its educational podcasts globally. Apple launched iTunes U – the “U” standing for “university” – in May 2007 in cooperation with leading North American universities and colleges, and has now extended it into Europe.

“LMU has long been trying out innovative forms of imparting knowledge using the new media, alongside the basic syllabus,” says LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. “We are successively bundling this educational content onto our new portal – including content about research at LMU and our university profile. With this new site on iTunes U, we aim to reach the “iPod Generation.”

The diverse content at “LMU on iTunes U” is offered under the categories “About LMU”, “Research” and “Study”. Alongside general information about studying at LMU and about the university’s profile, the art education students’ video project LMUeMotions, for example, provides us with unusual insights into LMU’s history and today’s university life. The clips with innovative visuals and experimental VJ remixes are now also available for download from iTunes U. In addition, the university library makes a selection of its extensive collection of electronic media available: from rare manuscripts and prints covering more than 500 years of university history, to some 7,500 publications by doctoral students and scholars from LMU.

Moreover, current research results are illustrated in science podcasts: anyone interested can now learn exactly how coral reefs are threatened by climate change or how to make electricity directly from plastic. Even mobile learning is possible thanks to LMU on iTunes U. Current lectures and learning material can be quickly and easily downloaded from this site to portable video and audio devices – in subjects ranging from media & IT and business studies, to psychology and pedagogy, to medicine and ethnology.

More information about this project and the direct link to “LMU on iTunes U” can be found at:

www.itunes.lmu.de

 

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