This section explains how you can use an Apple ID account, your institution’s existing authentication and authorization services, or both to ensure secure access and administer your iTunes U site.
In order to determine how to best administer and access your site, you should think about things such as:
Site content. Will your content be private, publicly accessible, or both? How much content will you provide in your site?
Site administration. How many administrators will you need to manage your site? What level of access will your administrators need (for example, root page editing, course editing)?
How you answer these questions and plan and outline your site can determine what settings are best for your institution’s iTunes U site, including the type of administration and access controls you might want for your site.
iTunes U is designed to allow you to control access to an iTunes U site containing your course content by using one or both of the following:
An Apple ID account. Using an Apple ID and password to log in to your site as an administrator provides a way, in addition to using a transfer script, to administer your site and can be helpful for sites where you only want a few administrators and less access control is needed. Using this administrator role provides the same permissions as the Administrator credential used with transfer scripts.
To use Apple ID based site administration to access your site, the primary technical task in deploying iTunes U for your institution is establishing a primary administrator with an Apple ID and password. To help create, edit, and manage your iTunes U site, you can also define additional administrators with Apple ID accounts.
Be sure to select your site’s primary administrator carefully as this is the person capable of doing everything that administrators can do, and is the only person responsible for adding and removing additional Apple ID based administrators.
Authentication and authorization services. Using your existing services to maintain and authenticate user information and access privileges, you can control the user information sent to iTunes U and ensure secure access to an iTunes U site containing course materials. This method is recommended when you want to define custom credentials for your users and use a transfer script to control access to your site.
To utilize your existing services, the primary technical task in deploying iTunes U for your institution is establishing a secure interaction between your iTunes U site and your existing authentication and authorization services. In the meantime, you can use your Apple ID based site administrator access to begin configuring and setting up your iTunes U site.
For more information, see “Using Authentication and Authorization Services,” “Understanding Credentials and User Access for Advanced Access,” and “Controlling User Access to iTunes U Pages Using Advanced Access.”
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