An instructor or course manager can create and prepare content for a course by recording lectures, developing assignments, creating videos and podcasts, and much more. For more information, see iTunes U Content Scenarios and Creating Content for iPod + iTunes located at http://www.apple.com/support/itunes_u/.
How a course is structured and organized depends on the instructor’s or course manager’s preferences. Each Course page can consist of various groups, displayed as tabs, used to help organize the course. Courses can, for example, be organized by subject matter or by media type. For example, a course covering the life and works of F. Scott Fitzgerald could have groups organized by subject matter (life and works) or by type of work (novels and short stories).
Alternatively, the course could be organized by media type, for example, with one group for audio content, another group for video content, and another group for PDF content.
Instructors and course managers can structure and organize a course however they deem appropriate. Course page groups provide a way to help subdivide and categorize courses.
Other groups might include a Drop Box for students to upload assignments for review by the instructor and a Shared group for students to upload assignments and share their work with others in the course. For example, in a journalism course, students might upload recorded interviews into a Drop Box group for the instructor to review.
The uploaded content can include information fields, such as Name or Artist, to help students locate and organize their iTunes U content after they download it to their computers, iPod music players, iPhone, and Apple TV. Before content is uploaded, use iTunes to add or edit track information to provide helpful details and extra information for students and others. For more information, see “About Track Preferences.”
Keep in mind that your courses should be organized in clear categories that are relevant to your institution, and you should develop a plan to manage your content on an ongoing basis. Keeping your content fresh and current will help maintain the effectiveness of your iTunes U site.
After creating course content and developing a structure for the course, the instructor or course manager can upload the content into the different groups in the Course page. Depending on how the course is structured, the instructor or course manager can upload content to Simple, Smart, or Feed groups in the Course page. For information on these group types, see “Creating Group Types.” For information on how to upload content to iTunes U, see “Adding Content.”
In addition to groups, instructors and course managers can add links in the Course page to point students to more information. For example, the instructor or course manager could add a link to a website that discusses all the films made from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. For information on how to add links to other information in a Course page, see “Adding Course Page Links.”
If your institution’s iTunes U site will be offered to the public, plan to include content categories relevant to the public—for example, Public Lecture Series, Museums on Campus, Special Collections, Digital Archives, Campus Life, or Published Research Results.
Whenever you create or update an iTunes U site for your institution, regardless of whether the site is available to the public, Apple provides guidelines designed to help you create an effective and clear iTunes U site. For more information, see Creating Your iTunes U Site available at http://www.apple.com/support/itunes_u.
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