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Macon State's first offering in iTunes U is a course that examines the intersection of the humanities and the digital world.
"Digital Humanities," taught by Dr. Gerald Lucas, went live this semester. As he describes it, students taking the course are looking at how traditional approaches to the study and creation of cultural texts are being influenced and changed by microprocessing technologies. The study begins in the latter part of the 20th century. It includes a primer of postmodernism and focuses on new media approaches to cultural production and consumption.
Lucas, an associate professor of English, said Macon State is venturing into iTunes U to make better use of mobile technologies in education. The college bought 30 iPads for students taking the course to use during the semester.
Students enrolled in "Digital Humanities" through Macon State are taking it for credit but, as is the case with all iTunes U courses, anyone can access it. USA Today called the iTunes U app, which Apple recently updated, a "must-have" for iPad owners.
Lucas is also teaching a course called “eText Authoring." New Media and Communication majors in that course are using the the free technology from Apple to create their own iBooks.
Check out the "Digital Humanities" course on iTunes U at http://itunes.apple.com/us/course/id557251423.