If you are interested in learning more about iTunes U and how it can be incorporated into your learning experience, please contact Nancy Cross. Together we can discuss what content you have, what content you might like to create and develop a strategy for getting it on iTunes U as easily as possible.
You do not need an iPod (or even a Mac!) to use iTunes U, though both are supported. While iTunes U is based on Apple's iTunes media player, the software is freely available for both Mac and Windows computers. You can listen to and watch downloaded content from iTunes U right on your computer in iTunes. You can even copy supported media files manually to MP3 players and other media devices not made by Apple for mobile learning - no iPod required.
To learn what you do need to get iTunes U up and running, and to download iTunes, click here.
iTunes U can become a home for entire course lectures and some institutions have chosen to publish some classes in their entirety on iTunes U. However, this does not have to be how you approach the service: you can post smaller course segments, enriching bonus materials, short lecture segments or specific examples. Because many users prefer to watch content that is in shorter in length, posting your entire lectures may be overkill. iTunes U is not intended to completely replace the classroom experience but to augment it, connect it to the global community and make the learning environment more compelling.
Also, because you have control over when content appears on iTunes U, entire lectures could be posted after class is over, allowing students to review lectures for study but not until after an attendance policy requirement has been met for the day.
In short, no.
Because iTunes U is a publicly searchable service - and we are rolling out an iTunes U public site first - it is absolutely crucial that the content uploaded is allowed to be legally distributed. If you would like to include copyrighted or commercially licensed work on your iTunes U site, consult with the Fair Use Guidelines to determine what amount of material is acceptable to post. If possible, get in touch with the copyright holder to request permission to use the work.
As always, when in doubt, assume the materials you are considering are not "okay" to put online and do your homework to find out where the materials have come from and what the rights are.
As Instructional Technology prepares for the initial launch of iTunes U, most content will be uploaded by Nancy Cross or Nick Smerker. Please make an appointment to meet with Nancy or Nick to discuss what materials you have and create a strategy for the delivery of this content.
All of the Office of Information Technologies staff is working to bring iTunes U to the Washington College community. However, Instructional Technology has a keen ear for faculty needs and aims to offer direct support when requested. To this end, Instructional Technology is providing iTunes U specific information on their website, mellon.washcoll.edu.
If you have more questions about iTunes U, please contact Nancy Cross.