April 18, 2008
Webster University to Enhance Learning With ITunes U
ST. LOUIS, April 18, 2008 – Building on its reputation of accessibility, affordability and convenience, Webster University today announced it is making a wealth of educational material available to students and the public through iTunes U. Now anyone can benefit from Webster’s unique collection of guest speakers, interviews and much more to come.
“Webster University is at the forefront of the digital education movement,” said Webster President Neil J. George. “iTunes U represents a tremendous opportunity for us to enhance our global reach.”
Through iTunes U, Webster students and lifelong learners everywhere now have a new source for free educational multimedia, as the University’s School of Business and Technology begins offering high- quality video clips and other educational resources on iTunes U.
“Our mission is to prepare lifelong learners for professional fulfillment in the fields of business and technology,” said Benjamin Akande, dean of Webster’s School of Business and Technology. “To do that, we strive to be where our students need us, whenever they need us. Webster University on iTunes U will help us extend our vision and reach.”
iTunes U is a content distribution system that allows colleges and universities to make audio and video content from lectures, interviews, audio books and more available to students online for free. Users can download the content to their Mac or PC, transfer the information to their iPod or MP3 player and listen to or view it anytime, anywhere. The result is learning on-the-go.
Through iTunes U, Webster will extend its teaching and learning environment beyond the classroom, allowing not only students, but the global community at large, to remain engaged in education. The accessible and high-profile iTunes U site also provides another way for Webster to connect with its 130,000 graduates all over the world.
Initially, Webster University on iTunes U features the School of Business and Technology’s “Success to Significance Speakers Series,” author interviews from the school’s BizTalk Book Club, and select speeches. Webster plans to expand its presence on iTunes U with faculty lectures, guest teaching appearances and events from all over the world of Webster and its five colleges and schools.
To visit Webster University on iTunes U, go to www.webster.edu/sbt/ itunesu. iTunes software, a free download, www.apple.com/itunes, is required.
Webster University (www.webster.edu) is an international, multi- campus university, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1915 as a small private college, Webster now offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through five schools and colleges in 108 domestic and international campus locations. The student population of more than 21,000 men and women ranges in age from traditional college-age students to adult learners, and represents 150 nationalities. The university is committed to excellence in teaching, to joining theory and practice, to small class sizes, and to educating students to be lifelong independent learners, fully prepared to participate in an increasingly international society.