Posting to iTunes U
As the rapidly changing world of technology continues to evolve, so too are student assignments. Gone are the days of assigning traditional PowerPoint presentations, as students now find themselves having to create something called a Podcast (A what?!) and posting it to something called iTunes U (iTunes WHO?!) Don’t panic! It’s not that bad, I promise!
For more details on creating a podcast, visit the Podcast Directions page.
Now, let’s talk a little more about iTunes U, because this is going to be a great resource for your class. The “U” stands for University. iTunes U is one of the newer components in the iTunes store. The look and feel is similar, but the content is solely educational. Georgia State also has a wide array of content on iTunes U, including: Academic Courses, News & Information, Learning at Georgia State, Life at Georgia State, and even updates from our President.
So, why use it? Professors (yes you!), this is a great space for hosting video files (especially large ones) and it keeps you from having to manually keep up with multiple digital files from each student. It’s easy to access, free to use, and you (along with your students) have the ability to sync these files with your iPhone / iPad and watch them on the go!
“Well, my students are going to ask me how to post the files, and I don’t know how”, said every professor at some point prior to using iTunes U. No sweat, let’s take a deeper look to get you prepared:
To get started, visit the Georgia State iTunes U page. Next, log in with your Campus ID and password. This will launch Georgia State’s page on iTunes ( it’s helpful to already have iTunes open). To find your course, look under “Academic Courses” and click on “Current Semester”.
Choose your course, then click “Upload and Manage Files” from the top, right corner of the screen. This will open a new browser window for managing your files. Next, click on “Add New File”, then “Choose File”. Locate and select your video file (iTunes U accepts .mp4, .m4v, and .mov). Once the upload finishes, simply click “Done” in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
This will refresh your course in iTunes and you will see that your file has been added. Congratulations and welcome to next era in Academic Technology! Sit back, put your feet up, and smile… because you did it! See, I told you it wasn’t so bad!