I just finished uploading the first pieces to my iTunes U sites. On Tuesday in my next classes, I’ll be able to unveil the site to my students. I did encounter one small glitch, which I was able to circumvent, but I figure we’ll have that fixed before then.
But here’s some of the good news:
- As I figured, iTunes U is very easy to use. It’s easy to edit your course page and add tabs (categories in which you can upload material). It looks like just another iTunes Music Store page.
- You can set permissions individually for each tab. They can be set so students can download only or upload only (as a drop box for assignments), but there is also a "Shared" permission, which allows student users to upload AND download. This one interests me the most as I want to use iTunes U as a way to distribute media files across the classroom.
- For Cortland, students and faculty access iTunes U through their Banner accounts. However once you are in and subscribe to a course podcast, you don’t need to re-authenticate to update. That makes things a little easier.
I’ve also volunteered to do course casting, which I’m going to do with the grad course that I am team-teaching with my colleague, Karen Stearns. In thinking about that I’ve also figured out something else I’d like to do. I’d like to get some screen capture software that I could sync with the audio. I do a fair amount of demonstration in class. It would be great if I could capture my screen movements and my audio, put them together, and include them as well.
I’ll see how it goes, but this first step is exciting.