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About Course Pages and Groups

After logging in to your iTunes U site, the top-level, or root, page for your institution appears. Depending on the specifications defined for the site, iTunes U displays a Public Feature page (reserved for public content) or a Welcome page (normally reserved for non-public content, but can be used for public content).

The root page can display a collection of descendant Welcome pages and Course pages. What you can do with those pages depends on your access permissions. For example, an instructor or course manager might have permission to edit and manage a course, but a student might only have permission to browse the course and download information.

When you click a course title or thumbnail image in a Public Feature or Welcome page, the associated Course page appears. Course pages contain the audio, video, or PDF content files instructors, staff, or students upload. You can organize the content files into groups, displayed as tabs within the Course page, to help better manage all the information.

The following is an illustration of an iTunes U Course page.

iTunes U sample Course page for Cupertino University, including navigation bar, Tools area, Links box, groups, and sample tracks displayed in the tracklist.

Within a Course page, instructors and course managers can use editing tools to create different groups to help organize the course content, and then can assign permissions to each group to control user access to the content.

Instructors and course managers can create the following types of groups within a Course page:

For more details and information on how to create the different group types, see “Creating Group Types.”

In addition to creating the groups for course content, the instructor or course manager might create a group for students to upload their assignments and other work for review (for example, a group with permissions set to Drop Box). Only the instructor and course manager (or another user with editing access) can view all of the contents of this group. The instructor or course manager might also create a group for students to share their work with others (for example, a group with permissions set to Shared). Students, instructors, and course managers can view and download the contents from a shared group.

Example of an iTunes U Course page tab controls section in edit mode, with five groups.

To create groups with specific user access, first create the group, and then assign access permissions to the group. For details, see “Assigning User Access to Groups.”

When you upload content, you upload into a specific group. Apple recommends that you think about how you want to organize content in the course before uploading any content. This includes determining the number, names, and types of groups that you want to use to organize the course content. For more information, see “Preparing Content.”

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