iTunes U

Overview

Learning doesn't stop once you leave the classroom or shut down your desktop computer. Laptops, smart phones, and mobile devices make it possible to access a wealth of online educational content while you're on the go. iTunes U makes that educational content easy to find and easy to use on any computer or mobile device that supports iTunes.

iTunes U is an Apple service that enables Pitt faculty and staff to place free educational media online. For example, you can use iTunes U to distribute a video of your classroom lecture, a speech from a visiting colleague, a profile of a researcher from your department, an audio interview with another expert from your field, PDFs of your course materials, and much more.

Participation in iTunes U is first and foremost based on the need to share academic content, so most content on iTunes U will be provided by academic faculty and units.

Computing Services and Systems Development provides centralized management of the University's iTunes U site and is responsible for creating all new iTunes U course pages and uploading content. Content can be made available to the world, restricted to only the University community, or made visible only to a specific course or group of individuals. The University's iTunes U site can be accessed through My Pitt (my.pitt.edu). Viewing the site requires that the iTunes application be downloaded and installed on your computer.

Access iTunes U via My Pitt >

Launch iTunes U

To view audio and video files on iTunes U, you'll need a Web browser, an Internet connection, and the iTunes application. If you do not have iTunes installed, you can download it from http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/. The University of Pittsburgh has public and restricted iTunes U content.

Any files you download from iTunes U are for your personal use only and may not be reproduced, re-recorded or shared with others.

View Public Content

Public content can be viewed by anyone and is available in the iTunes U Store.

View Restricted Content

Restricted content (for example, course materials) can be accessed by Pitt students and faculty associated with a specific course. Restricted content is accessed through the iTunes U community at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).

Learn how to view and download content below.

    1. Click the iTunes U Login button on the main page.
    2. A Security Information pop-up window may display. Click Yes to continue.

Connecting to iTunes U at the University of Pittsburgh Screenshot

    1. A second pop-up window may display asking if you want to close the Internet Explorer window. Click Yes.

Close the window

    1. Browse to the Album page you are interested in.
    2. The Album page will display. The content may be organized by Tabs. Click a tab to view the content contained within it.
    3. There are two ways to view or listen to content. Double click the name of a track to launch it on your computer. Or click the Get button to download the track.

How iTunes U Works at Pitt

How iTunes U Works at Pitt

It's important to understand Pitt's approach to iTunes U. The information below will get you started.

Guidelines

Guidelines have been developed to clarify the intended use of iTunes U to share content that supports the academic mission of the University, ensure compliance with copyright and privacy laws, and effectively deliver the service. Anyone interested in contributing to iTunes U should first read the guidelines below.

Restricted and Public Content

iTunes U "content" refers to the audio files, video files, and PDF files that can be downloaded and viewed on the iTunes U site. iTunes U content at Pitt can be designated as either public or restricted.

  • Restricted content can be accessed by Pitt students and faculty associated with a specific course. Restricted content is accessed through the iTunes U community at My Pitt (my.pitt.edu).
  • Public content can be accessed by anyone through iTunes U. Public content must be reviewed and approved by a Dean, Director, or Campus President.

Copyright

You must make certain that copyright release forms, when applicable, have been completed and have been kept on file.

Content Administrators

What is a Content Administrator?

Content Administrators are designated by their Dean or Director to manage the iTunes U presence for their schools. They request iTunes U Albums on behalf of faculty and staff in their areas. They must review all content before it is placed on iTunes U to ensure that it complies with University copyright policies. This includes ensuring all applicable copyright release forms have been completed and are kept on file. Content Administrators must attend copyright training provided by the Office of General Counsel.

Who is My Content Administrator?

You can view a list of iTunes U content administrators in the section below.

Contribute to iTunes U

Contribute to iTunes U

Any faculty or staff member can contribute content to iTunes U. Before you begin, review the How iTunes U works at Pitt section below. Then create your content and work with your school's Content Administrator to create an iTunes U Album. Then you will be ready to add your content to iTunes U. Learn how below.

Create audio and video content

iTunes U supports video, audio, and PDF files. You can create these files yourself, or you can have them professionally produced.

Remember, you must complete and retain all applicable copyright release forms.

The University's Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) can help you. CIDDE offers professional content creation services as well as documentation and support for creating your own iTunes U content, including tools for creating your own audio and video Content for iTunes U, a quick guide to creating video files for iTunes U at Pitt, the audio and video guidelines for faculty to create instructional recordings, and the standard University lead-in for audio and video files.

Learn more about all iTunes U resources from CIDDE >

Design an Album

Your audio and video files will be tracks on an iTunes U Album. An Album is usually devoted to a single topic or course. The example below shows an Album for a class on Shakespeare's Tragedies. The top section contains a title and image for the Album, a brief page description, and links to resources on other Web pages. The bottom section contains the tracks. In this example, the content is organized into three tabs: Lectures, Interviews, and Reference Materials.

iTunes Album Page Example (56k)

To create a new Album page, complete the following steps.

1. Compile the information listed in the In Depth: Designing Your Album Page guide. Design a cover for your Album using the Album Cover template. Submit all materials to your Content Administrator.
2. Your Content Administrator will submit an iTunes U Content Request form to CSSD. who creates your Album.

Add Your Content to iTunes U

Once your Album is created, complete the following steps to add your audio and video tracks.

1. Ensure you have completed the applicable copyright release forms for each audio or video file.
2. Compile the information listed in the In Depth: Preparing Your Content for Upload page and submit it along with your audio/video files to your Content Administrator.
3. Content Administrators must submit an iTunes U Content Request form at My Pitt and transfer your content to CSSD.
4. CSSD will add your files to your Album on iTunes U.

iTunes U Help and Resources

Need help with iTunes U? Review the help and support resources available below. If you don't find what you need, contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357].

iTunes U Guidelines

General Guidelines

  1. Pitt participation in iTunes U is first and foremost based on the need to share, internally and externally, academic content and therefore, the nature of the use will be primarily that provided by academic faculty and/or units, though there may be instances in which Pitt schools and academic programs use iTunes U for promotional and marketing purposes.
  2. Management of Pitt content within iTunes U will be the responsibility of CSSD.
  3. Space within the Pitt iTunes U site for public relations type material should be limited.
  4. All material placed into iTunes by Pitt must conform to copyright and privacy laws.
  5. The design of the front page of Pitt iTunes U will be developed by University Marketing Communications (UMC) and the Council of Deans Working Group to achieve a design that meets legitimate concerns of UMC and the Council of Deans' branding guidelines.

Procedural Guidelines

  1. Each dean or director must designate one or two individuals as Content Administrators to review materials from that academic area before they are posted. All content to be posted to iTunes U from a school or unit must be reviewed by the designated Content Administrators prior to sending to CSSD to be posted.
  2. Content that will be publicly available must also be reviewed and approved by the Dean/Director/Campus President.
  3. The Office of General Counsel will provide training and a checklist for Content Administrators. Training will cover topics such as determining when a release form is necessary, what content can be included in a posted video, and Intellectual Property law. A checklist will also be provided to insure compliance.
  4. Any faculty or staff member can contribute content. As stated above, this content must be reviewed prior to posting.
  5. Content posted should have an anticipated retirement date.
  6. Release forms must be provided for all outside speakers, faculty authorizing publication of materials such as course content, and for any students involved in videos.

iTunes U Content Administrators at Pitt

iTunes U Content Administrators at Pitt

Content Administrators are designated by their Dean or Director to manage the iTunes U presence for their schools.

Responsibility Center

Content Administrator

Email

Center for Philosophy of Science

Carol Weber

cweber23@pitt.edu

Center on Race and Social Problems

Mia Fuqua

mlf45@pitt.edu

College of Business Administration

Kate Ledger

kledger@katz.pitt.edu

College of Business Administration

Leigh Ann Wojciechowski

leighann@pitt.edu

College of General Studies

Carol Mullen

mullen@as.pitt.edu

Computing Services and Systems Development

Kit Ayars

kit@pitt.edu

Division of Student Affairs

Shawn Ahearn

ahearn@pitt.edu

Division of Student Affairs

Kenyon Bonner

krb14@pitt.edu

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Harold Aughton

haa25@pitt.edu

Graduate School of Public Health

Robin Leaf

ral9@pitt.edu

Health Sciences Library System

Fran Yarger

yarger@pitt.edu

Health Sciences Library System

Nancy Tannery

tannery@pitt.edu

Katz Graduate School of Business

Kate Ledger

kledger@katz.pitt.edu

Katz Graduate School of Business

Leigh Ann Wojciechowski

leighann@pitt.edu

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Thuy Clark

tmclark@pitt.edu

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Adam Winner

amwst47@pitt.edu

Office of Public Affairs

Bruce Steele

brsteele@pitt.edu

Office of Public Affairs
(Pitt Med Magazine)

Joe Miksch

jmiksch@pitt.edu

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Carol Mullen

mullen@as.pitt.edu

School of Dental Medicine

Zsuzsa Horvath

zshst2@pitt.edu

School of Dental Medicine

Heiko Spallek

hspallek@pitt.edu

School of Education

Ashley Mittelmeier

ashleym@pitt.edu

School of Education

Linda Berardi-Demo

lberardi@pitt.edu

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Kip Ruefle

kruefle@pitt.edu

School of Information Sciences

Kelly Shaffer

kis9@pitt.edu

School of Law

Megan O'Donnell

meo24@pitt.edu

School of Medicine

John Horn

jph@pitt.edu

School of Medicine

John Mahoney

mahoney@medschool.pitt.edu

School of Nursing

Ric Fera

rjf21@pitt.edu

School of Pharmacy

Samantha Martin

sam119@pitt.edu

School of Pharmacy

William Smith

wcsmith@pitt.edu

School of Social Work

Shannon Murphy

shm87@pitt.edu

Swanson School of Engineering

TBD

TBD

University Honors College

Chris Chirdon

chirdon@pitt.edu

University Library System

Jeff Wisniewski

jeffw@pitt.edu

University Library System

Lauren Calloway

lac43@pitt.edu

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Bernard Picklo

bjp47@pitt.edu

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Amy Ward

alw14@pitt.edu

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

J. Wesley Jamison

jamison@pitt.edu

University of Pittsburgh at Titusville

Christopher Coat

coat@pitt.edu

iTunes U Support and Training

Creating Albums and Posting Content

Computing Services and Systems Development (CSSD) supports the iTunes U technology. We work with Content Administrators to create pages and Albums. CSSD is the sole unit responsible for posting content to iTunes U. We provide training for creating Albums and posting content to Content Administrators. Questions about using iTunes U or requests for support regarding iTunes U technology should be directed to the Technology Help Desk at 412-624 HELP [4357] or by submitting a Help Request online.

Creating and Editing Audio/Video Content

The Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) provides documentation and support for the creation of content. Questions or requests for assistance should be directed to the Technology Help Desk at 412-624 HELP [4357] or by submitting a Help Request online.

Copyright Issues

The Office of General Counsel provides training and consultation concerning copyright issues. CSSD coordinates scheduling of copyright training for newly appointed Content Administrators.

University Image

University Marketing Communications provides iTunes U Album templates and school icons. They should be consulted on use of the University seal and logo.

In Depth: iTunes U Album

When you contact your Content Administrator to request a new Album, you will be asked to provide specific details. This page explains what information you will need to provide.

iTunes Album Page Example (56k)

  • Album title:
    The title of your Album.
  • Album cover:
    The Album cover is a visual representation of your topic. Use the standard University Album template when designing your cover.
  • Instructor name:
    The name of the person who created the Album content, usually the instructor.
  • Album page description:
    A brief description (usually no more than one paragraph) of your Album's topic.
  • Links:
    Optional links to other Web pages related to your Album.
  • Tabs:
    Tabs can be used to organize the audio and video files on your Album. You can organize tabs in several ways:
  • Chronologically (e.g., 2010 fall, 2010 spring, etc.)
  • By presentation format (e.g., lectures, interviews, etc.)
  • By topic (e.g., tragedies, comedies, sonnets)
  • By file type (e.g, video, audio, PDF)
  • Single tab: You might prefer to include all of your content on a single tab
  • Page Permissions:
    Page permissions determine who can view your Album. Will it be public (i.e., able to viewed by anyone in the world) or restricted (i.e., able to viewed only by students and faculty associated with a specific course)?

In Depth: iTunes U Tracks

When you contact your Content Administrator to request the addition of audio or video files to your Album, you will be asked to provide specific details. This page explains what information you will need to provide.

Copyright release forms: Applicable copyright release forms for each audio and video file you would like to have posted.

Album name: The name of the Album on which the file will be posted.

Tab name: The Album tab for the file.

Actual Filename: The name of the file (for example, "lecturevideo01.mp4").

Publication Filename: The name of the file as it will display on iTunes U (for example, "Lecture on Hamlet (Acts I - II)".

Artist Name: The name of the presenter or main speaker.

The example below shows two video files on an Album tab named "Lectures".

iTunes U Album Example - "Lectures"

In Depth: Upload Files for Posting to iTunes U

iTunes U Content Administrators have the ability to upload audio files, video files, and PDF files to a file share for transfer to CSSD, which will then post them to iTunes U. This page provides instructions.

Important: Before uploading files, please ensure you have submitted the iTunes U Content Request form (available on the iTunes U community at My Pitt).

Uploading Content (Windows)
The steps below assume you are on campus when accessing the file share. If you are at an off-campus location or using Wireless PittNet, you will first need to log in to the Secure Remote Access service in Network Connect mode. Refer to the help sheet Secure Remote Access: Access Network Resources for details.

1. Click the Start button and select Run.

Run Programs on Windows

2. In the Run box, enter \\pitt-fs.cssd.pitt.edu\iTunesU and click OK.

Connect to iTunes U using Windows

Note: If you are prompted to log in, enter PITT/yourusername in the Username field and enter your University Computing Account password in the Password field.

3. The iTunes U file share displays. The folders on the main level represent University Responsibility Centers. Browse to your department's sub-folder and save copies of your audio and video files in that folder.

Select responsibility center or department on Windows

Uploading Content (Mac)
The steps below assume you are on campus when accessing the file share. If you are at an off-campus location or using Wireless PittNet, you will first need to log in to the Secure Remote Access service in Network Connect mode. Refer to the help sheet Secure Remote Access: Access Network Resources for details.

1. Navigate to the Go menu and select Connect to server.

Connect to iTunes U on a Macintosh

2. In the Server Address field, enter SMB://pitt-fs.cssd.pitt.edu/iTunesU and click Connect.

Connect to iTunes U on a Macintosh - Step 2

Note: If you are prompted to log in, enter PITT\yourusername in the Username field and enter your University Computing Account password in the Password field.

3. The iTunes U file share displays. The folders on the main level represent University Responsibility Centers. Browse to your department's sub-folder and save copies of your audio and video files in that folder.

Select a responsibility center or department on a Macintosh

Mapping a Drive to the iTunes U File Share
Mapping a drive to the iTunes U file share makes it even easier to upload content. Once you have mapped a drive on your computer to the file share, all you have to do is click on that drive to access the iTunes U file share.

Windows

1. Open the My Computer window. Click the Tools menu and select Map Network Drive.

Map a Network Drive in Windows - Step 1

2. The Map Network Drive window displays. Select a Drive letter that will be associated with the iTunes U file share and type \\pitt-fs.cssd.pitt.edu\iTunesU in the Folder field. Click Finish.

Map a Network Drive in Windows - Step 2

3. You can now quickly access the iTunes U file share by simply double clicking the drive that you have mapped.

Mac

1. Connect to the iTunes U file share using the instructions in the previous section of this help sheet.

2. Press and hold the Command and Option keys, then select the iTunes U share and drag it to your desktop to mount it.

Map a Drive on a Macintosh

You can now quickly access the iTunes U file share by simply double clicking the drive that you have mounted.

iTunes U Templates

Album Cover Template

The Album cover is a visual representation of your topic. Below is the standard University Album template to use when designing your cover.

To download an Album Cover template, right click an image below, select Save Picture As, and save the image to your desktop. Customize the graphic using image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. When you are finished, submit the image to your Content Administrator.

iTunes U Album Cover template

 

Audio and Video Lead-in

A standard University lead-in should be appended to the beginning of your audio or video file.

 

Copyright Forms

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