Using iTunes U


iTunes U - Professional Development Center
Daniel A. Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063

What is the difference between
iTunes and iTunes U?

What is the difference between iTunes U
and ANGEL?

What is the difference between
the public and course areas of
SUNY Fredonia's iTUnes U?

What kind of training and support is
available to faculty interested in
iTunes U?

How do I add title/author/
description to my podcast files?

How do I edit information in my
course?
Will my course be available
to everyone?

 

What is the difference between iTunes and iTunes U?

iTunes is the application (software) with which you access iTunes U. When you click on the link to Launch iTunes U, your iTunes application will open. iTunes U will then load under the iTunes Store heading in your iTunes application. The iTunes application is a free download, available at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download

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What is the difference between iTunes U and ANGEL?

Like ANGEL, iTunes U can be used to distribute course material to your students. The difference is that iTunes U allows students to subscribe to an RSS feed for your course, and the material that you add to iTunes U is then passively distributed to your students. In other words, once they subscribe to the feed, the material will be downloaded automatically through iTunes and can be added to their portable media device, such as an iPod. The students would no longer need to browse to a specific website to find and then download the material. iTunes U is accessed through ANGEL by using the iTunes U nugget on the course page. At this point, students would be connected to your course material on iTunes U. ANGEL has a maximum upload of 10mb per content item, iTunes U allows 1 GB per file.

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What is the difference between the public and course areas of SUNY Fredonia's iTunes U?

Anyone, including the general public, can access the public area of SUNY Fredonia iTunes U. This area contains podcasts from the University President, PDC workshops, Information Resources, etc. The course area, is only available to SUNY Fredonia Faculty, Staff and Students. These users would log in through ANGEL and launch iTunes U from there. Unless requested otherwise, all courses created in SUNY Fredonia iTunes U are set up in the authenticated course area and are inaccessible to the general public.

Does it cost anything to download iTunes and/or access iTunes U?
The iTunes application and accessing SUNY Fredonia iTunes U, are free. Go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/download for the iTunes application download.

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What kind of training and support is available to faculty interested in iTunes U?

Training on both iTunes U course management and podcast production are provided by the Professional Development Center. Currently iTunes U is in its pilot year. If you are interested in being part of the pilot contact Lisa Melohusky at lisa.melohusky@fredonia.edu
Additional trouble shooting and technical support are provided by the Professional Development Center. All requests or questions should be entered in FredQuest. Faculty can also request classroom instruction for their students on accessing iTunes U by putting in a FredQuest Ticket

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How do I add a title/author/description to my podcast files?

Regardless of what software was used to create the podcast file, you can add or change the Title, Author, Album, Description, etc in iTunes. Open the file in iTunes application. In iTunes, right click on the file and choose 'Get Info'. The Get Info window will appear. Click on the Info tab and enter your information in the relevant fields. Before you close the window, click on the 'Summary' tab and take note of where the file is located. The path to the file is at the bottom of the window. When you open a file in iTunes, depending on how iTunes was set up to manage your files, it may make a copy of the file in a different location from where you initially saved it. The file in the path at the bottom of this window is the one with the updated (metadata) information and is the one you would upload to iTunes U. When you are finished, click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

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How do I edit the information in my course?

Log in to your course in iTunes U by logging into ANGEL and clicking on the link in the iTunes U nugget and launching iTunes U. In the iTunes application, navigate to your course page. On your course page, click on the 'Edit Page' box up at the top right of the screen. Click on any of the pencil icons to change text. Click on the plus sign to add tabs or links. (See the image for editing specific elements on the page). When you are finished, click the 'End Editing' button at the top right of the screen.

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Will my course be available to everyone?

No, unless you specifically request that your course be made available to the general public, users will be required to authenticate through ANGEL before they can access your course content.

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