i-World of opportunities: Université de Montréal joins iTunes U



    UdeM is first francophone university to partner in educational podcast
    network

    MONTREAL, Jan. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Knowledge is about to be propelled
beyond classrooms at the Université de Montréal, which has become the first
francophone university to join the iTunes U network. By participating in
iTunes U, UdeM professors and administration will now reach new audiences and
prospective students around the world.
    The iTunes U collaboration is certain to benefit current students and the
general public, since the site will offer an assortment of UdeM audio and
video materials for podcasts - conferences, course excerpts and music
concerts. Podcasting lends itself well to academic disciplines, since videos
can be downloaded to support course content, while langue students can listen
to labs time and again.
    Accessible through http://itunesu.umontreal.ca, content can be downloaded
free of charge, anywhere, anytime, for replay via Macs, PCs, iPods or other
digital media players. UdeM materials will be updated on a weekly basis. Star
professors will innovate by recording and posting their best lectures, while
the UdeM's centre for international studies (CERIUM) will upload its popular
lectures for wider public access.
    "Since its 2003 creation, CERIUM has been recording conferences delivered
by prominent speakers, such as Immanuel Wallerstein of Yale, Christophe
Jaffrelot from France's Centre d'études et de recherches internationales and
political figures such as Ségolène Royal," said Jean-François Lisée, executive
director of the UdeM's centre for international studies. "Making those CERIUM
talks accessible through the iTunes U is a natural progression."
    By taking part in iTunes U, the UdeM joins leading institutions such as
Duke, Stanford, MIT and Queen's who have pioneered in podcasting academic
content.
    "As the world's first francophone university to join the iTunes U
network, the Université de Montréal will help pioneer an innovative medium and
bolster its international recruiting efforts," said Philippe Beauregard,
UdeM's associate vice-rector, communications. "iTunes U will also enable the
Université de Montréal to promote its research findings and curricula to wider
audiences through a cutting edge gateway."




For further information:

For further information: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins, International press
attaché, Université de Montréal, (514) 343-7593,
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca

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