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Hi,
We do have a small presence in iTunes U.  Our information, including our policy, is posted here:  http://www2.oakland.edu/elis/itunesu.cfm

It complements our LMS; faculty who use it link to materials they've posted in iTunes U.  It is mostly used by our medical school and a psychology faculty member.  We have a basic copyright policy statement.  It is a low overhead service.

To see the materials -

Access iTunes U:

1.    Open the software, iTunes U. If it's not on your computer, download it at: http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
2.    Click on iTunes Store.
3.    Click on iTunes U
4.    Under iTunes U Quick Links, click on Universities and Colleges. Click on Oakland University.



Theresa


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Hi Theresa:  Sorry for the long email.  I figure I can chime in. 

Lynn University has a small presence on iTunes U we are planning to expand it. We are rolling out an iPad project and we have learned a lot! We gave iPads to full time faculty and will provide iPads mini to all freshman students.  Faculty is revamping core curriculum courses 100 level to utilize iBooks and iTunes U courses.    I have been involved directly in the project and I have the enterprise side of the story since I lead Information Systems.  Apple has been great in helping us training faculty and general help with the project something to consider if you want to implement other technologies.

 

Bottom line is iTunes U is not LMS,  it will not replace it and as far as we know there is no intention from Apple to make it an LMS.  But it works beautifully on iPads (which most LMS do not).

 

iTune U is easy to implement.  There is no much customization you can do (just colors and logos).  I believe they need you to have ready few iTunes U courses ready to deploy to go live.  As far as I know, there is nothing you can automate on iTunes U or Course Manager.  You will have to manually add the users, contributors, etc.  All faculty that will publish a course will need to be added as contributors in iTunes U although they can create their own courses and deliver them distributing the URL.   Administrators also add/delete courses from site manually.  This is important to understand because it will limit the scale of your implementation.  You will not be able to create courses, load students, activate/deactivate courses the way you do with an LMS. No much data available, basic numbers on course subscribers, country, date/time,  simple data.

 

Pros: 

iTunes U courses are enhanced for iPad experience.

Courses integrate nicely with iBooks and other Apple apps.  Students can take notes even on video if uploaded.

Environment is simple, easier to maintain standards.

Students can download material to device and access them without wi-fi (this is not true for linked content).

Students get notified of new material available in courses.

Faculty has the ability to add collaborators to courses (new) and copy courses.

Faculty can control enrollment to the course by individual for private delivery or publish to the university college iTunes U site for public access.

Faculty has complete control of their course.

 

Cons:

Right now it does not work iTunes U on other iOs devices like Macs but I heard something Is in the works (just a rumor, you know Apple).    

iTunes U courses are not available on non iOs  devices (droid, etc).   Not device agnostic.

No collaboration available.  This is a platform for one way delivery of content. No discussion boards, wikis,  or uploading assignments.

No place for posting grades, or have individual communication with students (like sending batch emails to students on roster).

With collaboration you may have faculty to share the course with an administrator or other faculty (I have not tested this functionality) but for the most part faculty is on their own.

No automation of student upload and enrollment, course creation.

Courses are either public on iTunes U or controlled privately by distributing URL.  In the later faculty must approve enrollment.

 

Copyrights?  If the courses are open on iTunesU you bet they have to be clean and sound. They are open to the world.

Authentication?  Apple ID rules.  Once the user subscribe to the course then they do not need to authenticate.

Cost Effective?  It is free now but I am not sure what will happen with storing content in the future. You know what they say when is free,  “you” are the product J

 

LMS are designed with an enterprise mind and easier to roll out to large number of students and faculty.  Most LMS have lots of tools to collaborate and distribute information to individuals. Keep in mind that most LMS do not have great mobile interface.   iTunes U is designed with the iPad in mind for a consumer experience (not enterprise).   Without any judgment of what is good/bad/indifferent,  it is a tool with great functionality and limitations.

 

Call me if or PM if  you have more questions.

Regards,

 

Maria Piret

Director Information Systems

Lynn University

3601 N. Military Trail

Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-237-7355

mpiret@lynn.edu

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Please consider the environment before printing.

 

 

 

 

Hi All,

 

We use iTuneU at UCLA, and have since the early days.  Originally we used the APIs to automate a local PHP/MySql app to upload collections, however, when Apple ported the platform over to the current version, they turned those off.  We have both Public and Private courses on iTunes U, but the use is primarily for public distribution of talks and some courses.

 

Getting content into iTunesU is an incredibly manual process at the moment, so uploading, managing and tagging content etc, is a difficult process to distribute across a distributed environment like UCLA.  We are, as a campus-wide committee endeavor, currently looking at how we can bring together in a workflow our full suite of “Media Casting” services across the campus while investigating ways to integrate them into our LMS Moodle environment.  This year we are planning to pilot Kaltura, Matterhorn and possibly others as well as looking at integration of these with our homegrown Bruincast streaming service.

 

We have not spent much effort on the e-book/course authoring component, as we are a Public University (read BYOD) campus, and cannot afford to focus on only one vendor’s devices.

 

Best,

-        Rose Rocchio, Director of Educational and Collaborative Technologies, OIT, UCLA

 

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