More than 150 lectures, masterclasses, talks and debates are now available for download on the Coventry University's own iTunes U site, which launched last week.

The university said it is one of the first institutions in Europe to introduce such a site, which is part of Apple's university service, iTunes U.
The 'Coventry Conversations' media series - a weekly event often reported on this site - will be part of the multimedia mix and newly released material includes talks by Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman and BBC Director General Mark Thompson.

"For us it is really about sharing what we do with the wider research and learning world," Pete Woodbridge, creative multimedia manager at the University, told

"This includes academics, students, our partners around the globe, as well as our school partners, who might be able to benefit from the content. The activity that we are doing with our YouTube and iTunes channels is also about giving people a better insight into life at university, so that people can make informed choices about the courses they choose.

"It is also about continuing to meet the evolving needs of our own students and adapting to the way that they engage with digital media so we can teach them better," he said.

"The yield for us then, is the potential for it to build better engagements with people who are interested in our work, wherever and whoever they might be. It is about being open with how we do things and moving away from that old 'Ivory Tower' notion of a disconnected academic world."


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