What is UCLA on iTunes U?

UCLA on iTunes U is a free, hosted service for colleges and universities that provides easy access to educational content, including lectures and interviews. Designed to be completely intuitive, UCLA on iTunes U is based on the iTunes service, where millions of people obain music, movies, and TV shows. Colleges and universities build their own iTunes U sites. Faculty post content they create for their classes. Students download what they need, and go. Learning isn't just for the classroom anymore. It's for anytime and anyplace you've got a Mac, a PC, or an iPod. For more information see: Apple iTunes U

UCLA on iTunes U is currently a pilot project at UCLA designed, implemented and maintained by a volunteer group of faculty and staff.

What is Podcasting?

Podcasting is a simple combination of two things: digital media files such as audio or video that can be downloaded (not streamed) from the Internet, and a simple and easy way for people to automatically download those files. It is important to note that, despite its name, podcasting has no requirements for users to own an iPod. Anyone with a computer can enjoy podcasts.

How do I access UCLA on iTunes U?

UCLA on iTunes U requires iTunes to be installed on your Mac or PC the latest version can be downloaded from www.apple.com/itunes/download/. iTunes U works with most modern, standards-compliant web browsers, although it is recommended you upgrade to the latest version.

To access UCLA on iTunes U, click the "Launch Public Content" button on the left hand side of the page.

What is the difference between BruinCast and UCLA on iTunes U?

Here are the main differences between the Office of Instructional Development's BruinCast service and UCLA on iTunes U:

  • UCLA on iTunes U offers the faculty a place to log in and post their own content, whereas the content via BruinCast's is solely class lectures recorded by the Office of Instructional Development.
  • BruinCast is a seamless process for faculty, from creation to posting. OID does the recording and posting of content to the site. Faculty do not self-manage content in BruinCast as they do in UCLA on iTunes U.
  • With BruinCast, faculty have the option of making their content public or not, whereas with UCLA on iTunes U, all content is public.
  • BruinCast also offers streaming video and audio podcasts. If the content is available via podcasting, like with UCLA on iTunes U, users can subscribe and have content automatically delivered upon publication.

What does the UCLA on iTunes U service cost?

Apple, inc. currently offers the iTunes U service to universities free of charge.

Do I need a UCLA Logon ID to use UCLA on iTunes U?

No. Anyone can download the content from UCLA on iTunes U, although in the future sites may be limited to the UCLA community only. A UCLA Logon authentication is required to publish podcast programming on UCLA on iTunes U.

Can I use other MP3 players with iTunes?

There is moderate support in iTunes for some third-party .mp3 players, but they will not be able to play .mp4 AAC files.

I already have my own podcast. How do I make it available from UCLA on iTunes U?

You can request a site within UCLA on iTunes U by using the Request a Site form. Podcasts can be individually uploaded to UCLA on iTunes U sites using the iTunes software, or an iTunes-compatible RSS feed for your podcasts can be linked from your existing server. For more information, see notes on Preparing Content or contact the UCLA on iTunes U project group or your local IT administrator.

Is UCLA's content part of the iTunes Music Store?

Not directly. You can search for and access UCLA content from the iTunes Music Store's Podcast Directory, but there is no commercial affiliation between iTunes U and the iTunes Music Store.

Is the content on UCLA on iTunesU subject to copyright protection?

While we do not implement any digital rights management (DRM) for UCLA on iTunes U content, we do use UCLA copyright releases to protect each piece of content on the site. The UCOP is working with Apple to develop an integrated solution for copyright protection of UCLA on iTunes U digital content.

Does UCLA on iTunes U support both audio and video podcasting?

Yes. UCLA on iTunes U may be used to distribute a wide variety of compressed audio and video files. Apple recommends using the following formats for your UCLA on iTunes U audio and video content:

  • Audio files (AAC, MP3) with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3).
  • Video files (MPEG-4, H.264) with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov).

Additionally you can also use UCLA on iTunes U to distribute Portable Document Format (PDF) files for lecture notes.

What is an Enhanced Podcast? How can I make my own?

The AAC audio file format allows podcasters to create "enhanced podcasts" which include embedded photos as well as Internet links that can be place at defined points throughout the podcast. These files are currently only compatible with iTunes and iPods. At the present time, the simplest way to create enhanced podcasts is to use GarageBand or ProfCast (Mac), PodProducer or Lecture 123 (Win).

I want to start podcasting. Is it expensive?

At its most simple, podcasts can be simply created on most modern Windows or Macintosh computers with the addition of a low-cost microphone or webcam. More sophisticated equipment can be used for purpose-built podcasting installations. The UCLA Office of Instructional Development's Instructional Media Production unit (www.oid.ucla.edu/imp/) is available for technical assistance in creating professional audio and video projects on a recharge basis.

Can I edit my metadata once my file has been uploaded into UCLA on iTunes U?

No. Once your file has been uploaded into UCLA on iTunes U you cannot edit your meta-data. You must edit your metadata before you upload your files.

I want to distribute a URL to something specific in UCLA on iTunes U. Can I link directly to this content?

Yes. Everything in UCLA on iTunes U (Welcome Pages, courses, shows, tracks, tabs) has its own URL, or internet address. Windows users can right-click, and Mac users can CTRL-click, on any item they want to link to. Select "Copy iTunes Store URL" from the pop-up menu and paste this direct URL into another document, such as a website or an email message.