What is iTunes U?
iTunes U is the educational side of the iTunes Store, which freely provides a way for academic entities to share educational content with the public and with campus members. Examples of typical content include lectures, presentations, interviews, demonstrations, and others. Some schools also share information about their campuses, athletic programs, and extra-curricular activities. As with other materials available through iTunes, content from iTunes U can be downloaded to computers, iPods, or other personal or mobile devices from any location. An iTunes U introduction video is available from Apple’s website.
What is available from The University of Alabama on iTunes U?
The University of Alabama on iTunes U offers anyone access to select educational and informative content from the University of Alabama, including artistic performances, academic lectures, interviews with scholars, and information of use to the public. This content is presented in audio and/or video formats with occasional support materials in printable document form (pdf). Inquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
My department/school/college/organization has a guest speaker that should be on iTunes U. How can I help make this happen?
During the initial phase of The University of Alabama on iTunes U, we will make available lectures, presentations, and other material that is of interest to the general public. Visit the Contact page to find your area’s iTunes U liaison and pursue ways to record your event. Presentations can be recorded in either audio or video, but in either case, speakers should sign a release form and copyright concerns should be addressed. To learn about contributing material to The University of Alabama on iTunes U, go to the Contribute Content page. Please send other inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is content from The University of Alabama categorized
on iTunes U?
Decisions regarding content classification for The University of Alabama on iTunes U have been made through discussions with other institutions, Apple representatives, and The University of Alabama Office of University Relations. The University of Alabama on iTunes U is divided into three main sections: Featured Content, Topics of Interest, and Life at UA. The Featured Content section offers The University of Alabama an opportunity to showcase certain contributions for reasons ranging from speaker eminence to topicality of content to contributor request. Topics of Interest were chosen as one of the main methods of categorization for several reasons. Since most iTunes U visitors find content through searching for particular topics or subjects, organizing University of Alabama educational content by its related subjects should allow for greater ease for users. While the topics listed are of course part of the University of Alabama, the diversity of content topics that is submitted from University of Alabama Colleges, Schools, Libraries, and Offices lends itself to organization by topic at this phase of our iTunes U implementation. The Topics used are derived from Apple’s Categories list (as found on Apple’s main iTunes U page); content contributors are invited to suggest one or more of the listed topics that apply to their submissions by email to email@example.com. In certain cases, content may even be made available in more than one area of The University of Alabama on iTunes U. Within these Topics of Interest, content can be further classified based on a speaker’s field of expertise, a lecture series focus, or other factors. In order to invite users to learn more about a topic or its sponsoring academic program, links to pertinent University of Alabama Colleges, Schools, Libraries, Departments, and other groups are provided on each album page. The third category, Life at UA, offers the opportunity to share information specific to The University of Alabama, from campus tours to recruitment information. This category also includes items from Athletics and the Office of University Relations. .
How can I post my content on iTunes U?
Content is provided to the University through campus representatives, listed on the Contact page. To learn more about contributing lectures, presentations, and other material that is of interest to the general public, visit the Contribute Content page. Please send any other inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I post my class lectures on iTunes U?
Through consultation with campus liaisons, listed on the Contact page, some individual class lectures may be made available through The University of Alabama on iTunes U. Decisions regarding the posting of entire courses will be made by the campus liaison advisory board. To learn more about this discussion, contact email@example.com. To explore other ways to make recorded lectures available to your students, please contact the Faculty Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the technical requirements for iTunes U?
iTunes U requires iTunes version 6.0 or later for Mac and Windows. Apple recommends using iTunes version 7 and, in order to guarantee a consistent user experience, always using the latest version of iTunes.
Download iTunes here: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
Note that administrative access to the computer may be required to download and install iTunes.
iTunes U works with most browsers. Apple recommends using one of the following browsers: Safari 2.0 or later on Mac; Internet Explorer 6.0 or later on Windows; Firefox 1.5 or later.
How do I get to The University of Alabama on iTunes U in the iTunes Store?
To find The University of Alabama on iTunes U through the iTunes Store:
Why is the preview taking a long time to load?
When a user double-clicks an object to preview content, iTunes U previews the entire track, not just 30 seconds. If you have trouble previewing an object, this could be connected to low bandwidth on your connection. It could also be related to the size of the video file you are trying to view. If you are accessing iTunes U through a high speed internet connection and still have difficulties previewing files, please send the file information and a description of the problem to email@example.com.
What can I do to fix video or audio playback problems with iTunes U?
Some users may see issues related to audio and video playback when previewing or downloading and playing iTunes U content. These may be connected to internet connection speed, outdated versions of Quicktime or iTunes, or other causes. Apple’s iTunes Support Knowledgebase can offer more information regarding troubleshooting playback performance issues for audio-specific issues, for Intel-based Macs, or for Windows XP or 2000. If you still have difficulties viewing files, please send the file information and a description of the problem to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I learn more about iTunes U? Visit the Apple Education – iTunes U User’s Guide.