iTunes U is an Apple service that enables Pitt faculty and staff to place free educational media online. 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. 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.
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. All content posted to iTunes U will be visible to the world on the University's public iTunes U page. Viewing the site requires that the iTunes application be downloaded and installed on your computer.
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/. Any files you download from iTunes U are for your personal use only and may not be reproduced, re-recorded or shared with others.
Content on iTunes U can be viewed by anyone and is available in the iTunes U Store.
iTunes U Guidelines
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 Content Administrators. Questions about using iTunes U or requests for support regarding iTunes U technology should be directed to the 24/7 Help Desk.
- Creating and Editing Audio/Video Content
The University Center for Teaching and Learning provides documentation and support for the creation of content and video files.
- Copyright Issues
The Office of University 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 the use of the University seal and logo.
- Audio and Video Lead-in
A standard University lead-in should be appended to the beginning of your audio or video file. For more information on sources for downloading video and audio lead-ins contact the University Center for Teaching and Learning.
- Copyright Forms
iTunes U Content Administrators at Pitt
To designate a new Content Administrator please refer to the Content Administrator Designation form which must be completed by the Dean or Director and the Content Administrator. Content Administrators are designated by their Dean or Director to manage the iTunes U presence for their schools. For more information on the individual responsible for your area, please contact the 24/7 Help Desk.