What is iTunes U?
iTunes U is part website/software interface. Apple Computer has developed a multi-faceted online resource for students, faculty. Apple's goal is to engage and empower students & faculty and to encourage collaboration and teamwork. With Apple we have set up an online education portal called Saint Paul College iTunes U.
Students can access educational content 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Faculty can upload content including audio & video lectures/podcasts and create class sections. The software is free to use and works on both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
Saint Paul College iTunesU Portal
What are the system requirements?
In using iTunes U Apple recommends using iTunes version 6 or higher. On your campus computers IT services will make sure your iTunes application is up to date. If using a personal computer, we recommend downloading & installing the most current up to date version and you can get this at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ Apple also has a program in the Start Menu called the Apple Software Update program you can run to check for the latest updates. iTunes U will also work with most modern internet browsers. Apple recommends the following:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later on Windows. The latest version is Internet Explorer 8 and can be downloaded here.
Is the iTunes software free to download and install and use?
Yes. You can download iTunes here.
What are the file formats supported by iTunes U?
iTunes U supports distribution of compressed audio and video files. Apple recommends using the following formats for your iTunes U audio and video content:
Audio files use these file extensions (.m4a and .mp3). For best results during playback, Apple recommends converting MP3 files greater than 32 megabytes (MB) to AAC format. Video files (MPEG-4 with H.264 compression) with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov). For best results with iPod, Apple recommends using H.264.
How do I get started?
Start by doing the following:
If you don't have iTunes installed on your Collegiate computer contact IT services at 651.846.1440 or email ITHelpdesk.
- Go to: http://www.saintpaul.edu/itunesu/ and it will direct you to the Saint Paul College iTunes U home page. The iTunes software will open the Saint Paul College iTunes U home page.
There are two separate sections: Admin and Support Services and Academic Program Divisions. Faculty can upload their lectures to the Academic Programs Division section.
Do I have to just listen and/or watch lectures on my Mac/PC in iTunes on my desktop/laptop?
No you don't. You can listen or watch lectures/podcasts from your instructor on the go. You can download the lectures into iTunes and then synch them on to your iPhone, iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Touch. If you have an iPod Shuffle you will be able to only synch audio lectures/podcasts since this is an audio iPod only.
What if I still have more questions about iTunes U?
Apple.com has more information located in the following links: