Along with a predefined look and feel for your pages, iTunes U provides default Welcome page, Course page, and Atom feed Course page templates for you to use to set up your site. As the site administrator, you can use the default Welcome page, Course page, and Atom feed Course page templates, or you can edit the default templates and create your own templates with your own Welcome page, Course page, and Atom feed Course page designs. You can create templates ahead of time and configure them with the images, links, text, and so on, that you want to use throughout your iTunes U site. You can then use these templates when creating the individual pages for your site.
For example, you can define one Course page template with user access appropriate for a specific class and another Course page template for general campus information. By defining a number of different Welcome page, Course page, and Atom feed Course page template designs ahead of time, you can more quickly and easily populate your iTunes U site using the templates, and ensure a consistent look and feel throughout your site.
To create a Welcome page, Course page, or Atom feed Course page template:
Log in to iTunes U as an administrator.
Click Edit Page in the Tools area.
Choose Of Type “Default Welcome”, Of Type “Default Course”, or Of Type “Default Atom Feed Course” from the Create Template pop-up menu in the Templates section.
Edit your new template information:
Type a full name for the template in the Title field. For example: Welcome Page Template or Course Page Template.
Type the common name for the template in the Short Name field. For example: Welcome or Course.
For feed Course pages, the Edit Atom Feed Settings page appears so you can first enter the Atom feed URL and details, and then the feed Course page appears. You can return to the Templates section later to edit your template short name and identifier.
Click the Save icon to save your new template and information.
iTunes U creates the template and displays the template title in the Create Template pop-up menu for you to use when creating other templates and in the Create Page pop-up menus for you to use when creating new pages for your site.
Click the new template in the Templates section, and then click Add Content in the new Welcome page template or click Edit Page in the new Course page template to customize the template. You can add content for the template as well as change elements for the template. For example:
For the Welcome page template, you can change the banner image, page layout, Links box title and links, number of Links boxes, thumbnail image, number and order of sections, and section heading text. For information on how to edit your new Welcome page template, see “Editing Welcome Pages.”
For the Course page template, you can change the course image, author name, course description, Links box title and links, number of Links boxes, number, type, and order of groups, and group names and access. For information on how to edit your new Course page template, see “Editing Course Pages.”
For the Atom feed Course page template, you can change Links box title and links, and the number of Links boxes. For information on how to edit your new Atom feed Course page template, see “Editing Course Pages.”
Click End Editing.
After you define and customize your Welcome page, Course page, and Atom feed Course page templates, you can choose the templates from the Create Page pop-up menus when creating new pages for your iTunes U site.
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