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Introduction

Contents:

Welcome to iTunes U
System Requirements
Supported Formats
Getting Started


iTunes U puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges, universities, and other education organizations, so users can easily search, download, and play education content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows. This guide describes how you, as an instructor or course manager, can organize and manage iTunes U courses and course content.

This section provides an overview of iTunes U, including the system requirements, formats, and components that make up an iTunes U site and how to get started using your institution’s iTunes U site.

Welcome to iTunes U

Apple shares common goals with education—to advance teaching, learning, and research through innovation, and to engage and empower students. Students, as well as instructors and staff, expect a campus environment that accommodates their digital lifestyle, adapts to their individual learning and teaching needs, and encourages collaboration and teamwork. iTunes U provides a way to meet all these expectations.


iTunes U sample Welcome page for Cupertino University displayed within the iTunes application, including page description, Tools area, Links box, and two sections with Course page information and thumbnails.

Based on the same easy-to-use technology as the iTunes Store, iTunes U features Apple simplicity and portability and is designed as a service for institutions to manage a broad range of audio, video, and PDF content, and to make it available quickly and easily to students, instructors, staff, alumni, and, optionally, the public.

iTunes U offers an experience similar to using the iTunes Store. In fact, because iTunes U pages are displayed within the iTunes application itself, just like iTunes Store pages, navigating within iTunes U is much like navigating within the iTunes Store. For information on how to use iTunes or the iTunes Store, in iTunes, choose Help > iTunes Help.

With iTunes U, users can access educational content, including lectures and interviews, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Users can browse content and download it to their computers, Mac or PC, regardless of their location. They can then listen to and view that content on their computers or transfer the content to an iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV for listening or viewing on the go.

With the iTunes U easy-to-use interface and web services, instructors and staff can easily post, change, and share content on their own without impacting their IT department. Instructors can also set a page to allow students to upload their own content for review or to share with other students in the class.

System Requirements

iTunes U fits seamlessly into your existing technologies and systems, allowing your site administrator to use your existing web-based infrastructure to provide access to your iTunes U site.

iTunes U requires iTunes version 6.0 or later for Mac and Windows. Apple recommends using iTunes version 7 and, in order to guarantee a consistent user experience, always using the latest version of iTunes.

iTunes U works with most modern, standards-compliant browsers. Apple recommends using one of the following browsers:

Note: Internet Explorer on Windows may have performance limitations when uploading files. For more information, see the Microsoft Help and Support Site at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;329781.

Supported Formats

iTunes U supports the distribution of compressed audio and video files. Apple recommends using the following formats for your iTunes U audio and video content:

You can also use iTunes U to distribute Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

If you are using QuickTime to create and edit video content, it is recommended that you export your videos by choosing “Movie to iPod” from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro.

Note: Some MP3 audio files, specifically ID3 version 1.x tagged files, have known issues displaying track artwork information. To use specific artwork with these audio files, Apple recommends either converting the files to MP3 files tagged as ID3 version 2.4 or converting the files to the AAC file type format (.m4a).

See “Adding Content” for information on uploading these files types to your iTunes U site. For details on preparing content, see Creating Content for iPod + iTunes located at http://www.apple.com/support/itunes_u.

Getting Started

To organize a Course page and upload content, you, as the instructor or course manager, need to log in to your institution’s iTunes U site.

Your site administrator should provide you with your login information and instructions.

See the sections later in this guide for information on Course pages and groups, preparing content, customizing a Course page, adding content, controlling user access, and more.

When you have finished making changes to the Course page and adding all your course content, click End Editing in the Tools area of your Course page.

iTunes U applies changes on an ongoing basis, not only after you click End Editing. Other users of the Course page see changes immediately after you make each change.

Click Logout in the Tools area to log out of your iTunes U site.



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