What is iTunes U?
iTunes U, a free section within the iTunes Store, is a collection of educational media available to students, teachers, and lifelong learners.
What are the benefits of iTunes U?
iTunes U offers extra convenience for students and increases exposure for the University of Delaware. Students have the convenience of accessing their course materials through a familiar player for learning any time and any where. The University of Delaware public content will receive increased exposure through iTunes wide viewer base. iTunes U is a free service provided by Apple, Inc.
Is an iPod or iPhone required to take advantage of iTunes U?
No. iTunes U is based on iTunes, which works with a number of portable audio players as well as computer-based playback and CD creation.
How is access to iTunes U course content controlled?
By default, all course content placed on iTunes U requires a student login. Access is restricted to those students who are currently registered in one of their courses.
How does a UD faculty member get video content hosted through UD on iTunes U?
Faculty should use the custom iTunes U drop box to submit videos for inclusion on iTunes U.
How long will UD content be available on iTunes U?
Indefinitely. At the moment, content will remain available until you advise the IT Academic Technology Services by e-mail that you would like your content removed. In the future, you may be advised of the removal of content due to changes in hosting arrangements.
How should faculty prepare their video files for inclusion on iTunes U?
Apple recommends using the following formats for your iTunes U audio and video content:
- Audio files (AAC, MP3) with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3). For best results during playback, Apple recommends converting MP3 files greater than 32 megabytes (MB) to AAC format. For AAC audio files, Apple recommends the following specifications:
- Audio Format: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC (Music)
- Data Rate: Up to 160 Kbps
- Channels: Stereo in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats
- Output Sample Rate: 48 kHz
- Encoding Quality: Better
- Video files (MPEG-4 with H.264 compression) with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov). For best results with an iPod, Apple recommends using MPEG-4 with H.264 compression with the following specifications:
- Video Format: MPEG-4 with H.264
- Data Rate: Up to 1.5 Mbps
- Image Size: 640 x 480 pixels
- Frame Rate: 30 frames per second
- Key Frame: Every 24 frames
- Audio Tracks: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps
- You can also use iTunes U to distribute Portable Document Format (PDF) files.
If you are using QuickTime to create and edit video content, it is recommended that you export your videos by choosing “Movie to iPod” from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro.
Can a student or student group deliver video content through UD on iTunes U?
No, not at this time. If you need advice about alternative outlets for student and student group video content, please investigate YouTube, Vimeo, or one of the many other video hosting services.
For more information about UD on iTunes U, contact IT Academic Technology Services at 302.831.0640 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Apple’s iTunes U program, visit Apple’s mobile learning web site.