The University of San Francisco: Information Technology Services
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Getting Started on iTunes U

iTunes University is a free podcasting service provided by Apple to colleges and universities. Start your first podcast today!

iTunes University allows faculty to post audio and video lectures, interviews, and discussions online, making them easily accessible to students through iTunes software. Students have the ability to subscribe to their instructors' podcasts, automating the process of downloading and listening to recorded media content on a computer or iPod.

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Recording

Student technicians are available to video and audio tape classes, academic or administrative events. Scheduling for a student tech is done through the Technology Reservation Request form. Reservations must be made at least 48-hours (72-hours if submitted on Saturday) prior to the date of the recording. If you need assistance with the form, or want to follow up on a request, please contact the Help Desk, which serves as the primary point of contact for taping requests.

Training

The CIT provides training in video and audio editing and production. View the CIT's training calendar and attend either an Introduction to Podcasting, GarageBand (Mac) or Audacity (PC and Mac) training to help you get started developing your podcasting content.

Hardware Tools

Record your audio file using any of the following devices:

  • A microphone connected to your computer
  • A digital audio recorder, such as an iRiver voice recorder/mp3 player
  • An iPod with microphone (microphone sold separately)

The CIT can assist faculty with the necessary hardware and software tools for recording a podcast. Contact cit@usfca.edu.

Software Tools

Choose from any of the following software to help you edit your multimedia content.

Media Editing Software

Purpose

Video

iMovie (Mac only) Basic video editing and authoring.
QuickTime Player (PC and Mac) Basic video editing and authoring and media player.

Final Cut Studio and Pro (Mac only)

Professional level video editing and authoring.

Premiere Elements (PC only)

Basic video editing and authoring.

Premiere Pro (PC and Mac)

Professional level video editing and authoring.

Sorenson Squeeze (PC and Mac)

Video compression/conversion software.
Audio
Audacity (PC and Mac) Basic audio recording and editing
Garage Band (Mac only) Mid-level audio recording and editing
iTunes (PC and Mac) Free MP3/AAC player/organizer that tags, rips, burns and converts audio files

Media Formats

iTunes University will support the following media file types. If your media is currently not one of the following formats, the CIT may be able to convert the file into one of the supported formats. Contact cit@usfca.edu for help.

Media Formats
Filename Extension
Quicktime (Video) .mov
MPEG 4 (Video and Enhanced Podcasts) .m4v
AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) .m4a
MPEG 3 (Audio) .mp3
MPEG 4 (Video) .mp4

Uploading content to iTunes University

Before uploading audio or video files into iTunes University, request that an iTunes U course be created for you. Contact cit@usfca.edu to have an account created.

  1. After receiving notification that your course has been created, click on the iPodcast link from the Learning Technologies tab inside USFconnect. Locate and click on your course, then click on the Upload and Manage Files link (upper right corner).
  2. Click the Add New File link.
  3. Click Browse then locate your audio/video file. Repeat this process until all of your files have been uploaded.
  4. Click on Done to save the changes and return to iTunes.

If you need to delete a file that was uploaded, select the file by selecting its associated checkbox, click on the icon with the slash located on the far right side of the file listing to delete the file.

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The next step for Apple and iTunes University

Of course Apple continues to evolve and iTunes U is no exception. The next step for iTunes U is the Course Manager where the course is created by and managed totally by the instructor. Anyone can create a course and share it out to anyone with an Apple ID. There is a wider variety of material that can be uploaded to iTunes U, including PDFs, web links, as well as links to iPad apps and books from the iBookstore. This last fact brings up the one criteria essential for using the Course Manager, the students accessing the course need to use an iPad. There is also an option for making your course totally public on the iTunes U public catalog. Intrigued and looking for more information on the platform? Contact us at the CIT at cit@usfca.edu for more information and examples on how we are looking to implement iTunes U here at USF. Also, check out Apple's support site with information and tutorials for iTunes U Course Manager:

http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u/
http://www.apple.com/support/itunes-u/course-manager/