Editing Course Pages

If you are logged in as the iTunes U site administrator or another user with editing access, you can click Edit Page in the Course page you want to update to customize your iTunes U site. When you’re done editing the page, click End Editing.

Updates you make to Course pages in your iTunes U site appear immediately to any users logged in to your site. For users not logged in to your site, iTunes U can take up to 15 minutes to display your updates.

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Course image*

Click the Upload icon in the upper-left corner of the course image, and then select a new course image for your Course page.

iTunes U uses the image you select as the main image in the Course page. iTunes U also automatically creates a scaled down version of the image to display as a thumbnail in the pages used to navigate to the course. Be sure to include your institution’s identity elements, including color and typeface, logos, seals, or emblems in course artwork. The use of these identity elements helps your users to immediately associate your course with your institution, establishes authenticity, and creates value for your content.

Apple provides default descriptions for all your iTunes U images for improved accessibility. iTunes U saves the descriptions as the image’s alt text. The default alt text is based on the page name where the image was uploaded. If the default alt text does not apply or is incomplete, you can use the Upload Artwork page to add your own alt text.

Note: Each track can have its own artwork. The artwork is displayed in the iTunes Now Playing window when the track is selected or on the iPod, iPhone, or iPad during playback. If the site administrator specifies a preference to overwrite the Artwork field, the course image replaces the artwork for the track.

Course page title*

Click Edit Page in the Welcome page used to navigate to the course, click the Edit icon under the page title you want to update, edit the page title, and then click the Save icon to save the new title.

Course page author name*

Click the Edit icon and edit the Course page author name, and then click the Save icon to save the new name.

Course page description*

Click the Edit icon in the description area, edit the Course page description, and then click the Save icon to save the new description.

Links box titles

Click the Edit icon in the Links box title bar for the Links box title you want to edit, edit the existing Links box title text, and then click the Save icon to save the new title.

Multiple Links boxes

Click the Add icon above the Links box to add a new Links box below the existing Links box, and then click the Save icon to save the new Links box.

Notes:

  • To move a Links box up or down one level in the Course page, click the Edit icon for the Links box you want to move, and then click the Up or Down Triangle icon.

  • To delete a Links box, click the Edit icon for the Links box you want to delete, and then click the Delete icon.

Links box links

Click the Edit icon in the Links box next to the link you want to edit, edit the existing link’s title and URL, and then click the Save icon to save the link information.

Notes:

  • To move a link up or down one level in the Links box, click the Edit icon for the link you want to move, and then click the Up or Down Triangle icon.

  • To delete a link in the Links box, click the Edit icon for the link you want to delete, and then click the Delete icon.

  • To add a new link to the Links box, such as to a department webpage, click the Add icon in the Links box above where you want the new link to appear, type a title and URL, and then save the new link by clicking the Save icon.

    To add links to other iTunes Store content and avoid trips through the web browser, use an “itmss://” URL in the Links box. When you installed iTunes on your system, it added itself as a URL scheme handler for itmss:// URLs. When a user tries to access an itmss:// URL using advanced access controls, if the user has not already established a session, iTunes U reroutes the user to the Site login URL .

Add links in a Course page that point to useful information for students, such as department events, lecture series by visiting professors, pointers to reference information that pertains to the course, or the institution website. You use the Links box to create and edit links.

Course page group names*

Click the Edit icon in the tab whose group name you want to change, edit the existing group’s name, and then click the Save icon to save the new group name.

Notes:

  • To move a group right or left one position in the Course page, click the Right or Left Triangle icon.

  • To delete a group from the Course page, click the tab for the group you want to delete, and then click the Delete icon. When you delete a group, iTunes U deletes all items within the group.

  • To add a new group, such as a group with permissions set to Drop Box so students can upload files for instructors to review, click the Add icon in the tab controls section, type a name for the group, choose a group type from the Type pop-up menu, and then click the Save icon to save the new group. For more information on group types, see “Creating Group Types.”

Group type*

Click the Edit icon in the tab whose group type you want to change, choose a new group type from the Type pop-up menu, and then click the Save icon to save the new group type.

If you are changing from a simple group to a smart group or feed group and the group contains files, you must move or delete the files before changing the group type. If you are changing from a feed group to a simple group or smart group, iTunes U deletes all status messages and tracks stored from the last feed update. For more information on group types, see “Creating Group Types.”

Course page group access*

Click the Edit icon in the tab whose group-level user access you want to define, and then choose the access level you want to assign to a user from the user’s Access pop-up menu. For more information on group-level access, see “Assigning User Access to Groups.”

Note: You can only edit Course page group access when using advanced access controls.

* Indicates an element you can edit only within a simple Course page. To update these elements within a feed Course page, edit your Atom feed directly.