Learn the prerequisites for iTunes U in its latest version and what you will need to know to be a productive participant in this course. Learn about iPad requirements and computer requirements. Find out about the media types you might use in the iTunes U program.
- [Instructor] Before we get started, I wanted to point out a few things that you'll need to either do or have before you take this course. The first thing is that we're going to talk about what kind of computer or browser you need to use because you spend a lot of time in something called the Course Manager here. And that requires Safari version 6.1 or later on a Mac or Chrome version 28 or later for Mac or Windows or Firefox version 12 or later for Mac or Windows. Again, we use this heavily throughout the course so it's important that you have a browser that meets these requirements.
On the iPad, you're going to want to have and iPad with at least iOS 8.3, and iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch will be compatible with iTunes U but, with what we're going to be doing, especially for the teacher functionality, you're going to need an iPad. Some features discussed in the course are going to only work with iOS 10 and I really believe that your best experience here will be, if you have a device that has iOS 10 and that device is an iPad. The requirements for your Apple ID are another unique concern here.
For your teacher account it needs to be an Apple ID or a Managed Apple ID as part of an Apple School Manager deployment. That's what a Managed Apple ID is. It's an Apple ID created in Apple School Manager. You could be a Affiliate and that can be either an Apple ID or a Managed Apple ID but it's one that's associated with an institution with an iTunes U course catalog. For the student, they need to have either an Apple ID or a Managed Apple ID and it needs to line up. If you're a teacher using a Managed Apple ID your students need to be in the same system and if you're using, especially, the course roster coming in from Apple School Manager which comes from the school's student information system.
All of those students' Managed Apple IDs will already be there in your course, but, if you're going to be adding them manually, they'll need to also be Managed Apple IDs because only a Managed Apple ID can join a Managed course. Make sure that those things line up. IOS 9.3 will be a requirement if you're going to be trying to use Managed Apple IDs. Of course, you won't be able to if you don't because iOS 9.3 is when the whole Apple School Manager thing was initially announced and Managed Apple IDs became possible.
If you have an Apple ID that was previously used with an App Store account that is going to work the best for you even if you created it as a credit card free Apple ID, where you selected none as the payment method, you really want to have used your Apple ID in an App Store before you start the course. If not, you're going to run into some authentication barriers when you're going through this and I'm just warning you about that now. Also, when you're in your browser, you're going to want to stay in one account.
You don't want to have two different browsers open or two different tabs open and be trying to flip back and forth between two different tabs with iTunes U Course Manager working within two different Apple IDs. That's not going to work on the back end. That breaks iTunes U and your going to have bad experiences. You're going to have an opportunity to upload lots of materials into your course. Audio files have to be .mp3s or .m4as. This refers to the extensions at the end of the filename by the way, but also the format of the file. Video files are .mp4, .m4v, or .movs.
Books are .epubs or .ibooks. Documents, a wide variety, I won't read them all out here, but all of these things are here. Newly supported in the newest version of iTunes U are .playground files and .explain everything files, which is kind of cool. File requirements beyond that, apps have to be an iTunes Store link. You can't just navigate through the file system and find an app bundle and add it into iTunes U. That does not work. You have to link to a app link on the iTunes Store and I show you how to do that in the course. Don't worry.
Images, .pngs or .jpgs. You've got a 2GB limit on those images. Be careful. Keep them small. Web links have to be a web URL. You can't just drag a .weblock file off to the desktop and then use that. Store materials, you're going to use an iTunes Store link. Again, this goes back up to what we said about apps. This is true of pretty much everything in the iTunes Store. You'll see how that works within Course Manager when we get to that, and keep in mind, that if you have content being uploaded from your computer that has digital rights management on it, that would keep other people from using it, that content would not be supported inside of iTunes U.
Now, that we have that out of the way, let's have some fun working with iTunes U.
- 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