Learn how to apply a graphic to uniquely identify your course visually for students. Sean also explains how course parameters are set to initially define your course going forward. Also, learn what you can edit later, if necessary.
- [Instructor] From this point forward in this course when you see me in Safari working within the iTunes U Course Manager area you should know that I got there by going to itunesu.itunes.apple.com/coursemanager and I logged in with the Apple ID and the password that I'm using as my Instructor. I probably will not be showing you this login screen very much from this point forward and I don't want you to be confused about how I got into the interface.
So I'm going to click log in, and this is our fresh environment where we really don't have much going on yet, because we haven't created our course, we're creating our course now. Before we get started however I do want to point out that we have all of these great Help Topics to the side here, along with a terrific link to the iTunes U Course Manager Support form. It's a form on Apple's website that you can fill out to contact the folks that handle this inside of Apple. They're very good at providing you with assistance, so I would recommend that you contact them if you're having trouble.
Also, some Help Topics that are commonly encountered Apple has put links directly here in the sidebar that go directly to their help system to the appropriate page. But I'm going to click the X to get out of the way and we're going to go to Create New Course, I just clicked on that there, and here we are in our New Course Settings window. Now you might notice right off the bat that this looks an awful lot like the setup for our Instructor. And there's a lot of consistency in the iTunes U interface when you go from one area to the next and that's somewhat comforting.
We'll start with our Course Name, a Short Name, that's just going to be Intro to Shakespeare. There's really no limit here to the Short Name, it's just a nice abbreviation that you can use. My Department is going to be English, and Institution's going to be CoreQuick. This is because, of course, that's what I entered whenever I set my Instructor up. If I need to set up a different Institution I can simply hit Other and type it in. I choose a Level. We are Undergraduate, but this could easily be a High School course as well.
That's one of the reasons why we chose a Shakespearean poetry course, this is something that can easily show up in Upper-secondary, High School, maybe even Middle School for some advanced students, and Undergraduates. So this should apply to a wide range of teachers and their students. Under Language we'll be teaching this in English. Category is going to be here under Literature, and then under Subcategory we have Poetry. But as you can see from that list we have a pretty wide array. This does not provide a option to type in a different category, you have to select from among the ones that are here, so that's a limitation you'll have to deal with.
You can select that this has explicit material, that gives it the little E moniker there. If you do so it will keep the course from loading on any iPads that have mobile device management enabled where they are restricting explicit content. So just be aware that that might be a negative for you, it might be a positive, it might be something that keeps it out of the hands of your younger kids, if you have an iTunes U course catalog for your school or there's some other way that kids would be able to get access to the content if it does contain some explicit material, either imagery or whatever, then you would want to enable this certainly.
We go down to our Description area. This has all of the common formatting tools that you would expect in a WYSIWYG, or what you see is what you get text editor on the web. I'm simply going to paste my course description here. Under Course Type, this is important, we have the ability to select Self-Paced or In-Session. If it's Self-Paced we get to recommend a duration for the course, how long you expect it to take for the students, and if it's In-Session this gives you the change to set dates. I'm doing this in the middle of the first semester, because I'm planning my course here for my second semester of the school year and I'm going to select from the beginning of January to the end of May, because that's our academic semester in our little fake university organization.
I'm also definitely enabling course discussions, because this is a private course, we have the ability to set up course discussions. And this is a great communications tool between you and your students. If you imagine, you could be a college professor, for example, teaching a remote-only class where you don't really get a chance to see your students ever, and so everything has to be done over the internet. The discussions feature is a great way to accomplish that. But course discussions are also a great way to stay in touch with your students if you're a high school teacher, for example, and you're giving homework assignments and you expect your students to work from home on those homework assignments using iTunes U, they'll get notifications about discussions and that notification center on their iPad will be a great way for them to stay up-to-date on what's going on there.
Under Licensing we're going to choose a Creative Commons license where we do want to have credit, but we don't want to keep people from sharing our stuff. So I'm going to choose Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike, which just means that they need to give me credit for my course, so you might want to select that if you're using this, but they're not allowed to make money off it and if they share it they have to share it in the same context as I created it, they're not allowed to take it and share it for some other purpose and they're not allowed to make money off of it.
So that's a nifty thing there. If you're interested in the NonCommercial or any of these other types of Attribution licenses under the Creative Commons you've got a link here that takes you to a very, very detailed website, but we have another course here on lynda.com where the author went into a description of what the Creative Commons licensing process is, and rather than reinvent the wheel I figured I would send you guys over to him. So we're coming back here. The last thing I need to do is add an image for my course, it won't let me go further if I don't.
And I can click the Choose button here to navigate my Finder, but I also have a image right over here in the Finder and I wanted to show, I've got two here, one is too big and the other one is just right. There is a size limitation here and I just wanted to show you what it looks like when you try to drag a image from here over here. If I try to drag something that's over 10 megabytes I get this message that says that you're trying to upload an image that's too large, please don't do that. And so it's a good idea to use the export feature in Preview to make a smaller image.
I'm going to drag that one over here into Safari and it's going to work just fine. Again, the image must be at least 600 by 600 pixels to be accepted. Once you get it in there you can drag around and sort of reformat and make it look nice and well framed there, and then when you're ready you click Done, and there's your course image. So there we are, we've set up the first part of our new course, our New Course screen is completely set up. All we do is click Save now and we're done. Now if that save process took a long time for you don't worry about, it can take a couple of seconds for it to finish, but it shouldn't take too terribly long.
And so now we have our first course listed in our Instructor area here in Course Manager. Congratulations.
- Installing and setting up iTunes U
- Creating and defining your course
- Importing course materials
- Enrolling students in your course
- Inviting course contributors
- Interacting with students
- Reviewing and grading assignments