ITUNESU AND YOU

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I TUNESU

AND YOU

Appl e recentl y opened i TunesU

to al l Austral i an school s. You can use i t i n a wi de
range of ways, from col l at i ng ot hers' course materi al i nto your own courses, to
promoti ng your school or department by showi ng your best work, or authori ng
brand new courses and usi ng i TunesU as your sch
ool's (free) LMS.

STEP
-
BY
-
STEP REVISION

iTunesU is an extremely powerful yet simple tool for delivering online courses.
This document will step you
back through what was covered in the session.

ASSETS

AND COPYRIGHT

You need

to
own

the assets that you use in iTunesU courses. That’s to say that every image, sound, video
and written word must have been created by you or someone else in your institution. If you’re using
Copyright Commons materials, you must credit them as requested by
the author. I find it’s actually easier
to just link to them online, so you can’t get in any trouble, but in some cases (e.g. where you need students
to download everything in iTunesU to access it offline) you’ll need to copy and credit. There are some gre
at
hints for music and video coming up…

If you’ve got resources you brought with you, please feel free to upload them as we go through. If you
didn’t, don’t fear


I’ll be providing a bunch of resources for a unit I taught recently which you are welcome
to

use.

You can download them all at:
http://bit.ly/14FEF2F


BEGIN A NEW COURSE

To begin a new course, simply click the

button. Add a course name which
explains the course well, plus all other required details.

For the purposes of today, put your own name in
the course name so it’s easy to identify your course against all the other attendees.

Don’t be afraid to write too much in the Course Description. It’s useful to list outcomes in this so both
teachers and st
udents can see what they should achieve from the outset. You could put this information
within the course, but then there’s no guarantee it will be read!

If you don’t have an image to use for the course, there is one provided.
Everything else
in this secti
on is
self
-
explanatory.

STRUCTURING YOUR COU
RSE

Once you’ve created your course you’ll be taken back to the
Course Manager homepage. Scroll down the list of courses and
you should see yours in the list.

To begin editing the course content, you should cli
ck on the
course name which is shown in blue.

iTunesU Course manager will prompt you to create a course
outline before you can add any content.


This is
actually what makes it so great


you’re forced to think about the
content
before

you start typing.

If you’re inputting the given content, the sections are:

1.

History of Cryptography in Music from Bach to present day

2.

Perform the Oboe solo and accompaniment from
Passion

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3.

Decyphering… decipher the oboe solo from
Passion

4.

Composing. Maths into Music via cryptol
ogy

5.

Harmony and melody: combining elements to create a composition

6.

Completing the composition and submitting for performance

If you’re creating your own unit, take some time now to think how you want to scaffold learning best


even
if the unit of work its
elf is quite open and student
-
lead.

When you’re done, click
Save Outline
.

ADDING CONTENT

Having now created a structure for your course as the Outline, you can begin to add content to the
sections that you added. Click on
Posts

at the top:


And then
Add
Post
at the bo
ttom left:


Give the post a name that describes what will be learnt. Note that you can also change the section that this
Post will go into by clicking the drop
-
down menu at the top.


PDF

Resources that you’ve made go under the “Assignments” section. Click
Attach Material

and then
From
My Computer.

Your
content can be a series of different types of assets or links. In the example given
here, this post has a PDF attached to it which is a wor
ksheet. This is

one of the resources provided under
the folder “Worksheets”. PDFs can be made in many different applications
. The music worksheets here
were made in Sibelius 7.


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LINKS TO OTHER WEBSI
TES

If information is published on other websites, there
’s no need to risk breaking copyright by copying it into
iTunesU. Simply create links out to it. In the given example, students learn about Cryptography by visiting
websites on the topic. Do some online research yourself and add some links like the ones sh
own below.
To do this, begin a new post. Click on the
Attach Material

button and then
Enter a Link
.
Paste a link that
you’ve copied from a website you found into the resulting field.


You can add more links by clicking the
+

button after the first link you created (you can also click the


link
if you change your mind about one!). Once done, a series of links will look like this:

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N.B. The reason I’ve marked one of the websites above as “flash based” is because on iPads and
iPhones, flash based websites won’t work. If your students are going to be using iOS devices, don’t link to
flash
-
based websites. If you’re not sure whether a site is
flash
-
based or not, simply right
-
click (control
-
click
on a Mac) on any animated parts of
it and see whether “Flash” is in the resulting menu.

COPYRIGHT RECORDINGS

AND VIDEO

As discussed, if you haven’t made
recordings yourself, you mustn’t put them
up on iTunesU. It’s easy enough to link out
to them, however, using the process
described above
.

If recordings or videos
you’re using are available on the iTunes
store (usually paid, of course!), you can
provide links to them and these will be
beautifully integrated in your course.

To get a link to a resource in the iTunes
store, find it, and then c
lick the dropdown
link next to the price as shown on the left.
Choose
Copy Link
, and then paste that link
into the Course Manager just as you did
with your links above. You won’t see the
magic of this until you view your completed
course


but if the cours
e you’re creating
doesn’t have any commercial recordings
with it, just give this a go anyway.

Incidentally, if your students are going to
use iPad apps, you can get links from the
App Store in just the same way. Found a
great free app that your students c
ould use in a course


simply paste the link from it into your course, and
they can tap to install it there
and then. It’s very slick.

Another solution for
video is
the wonderful YouTube. In
the example I’ve given,
many of the recordings are
available on Y
ouTube
. To
make sure you get the right
link to any video there, click
the
Share

link underneath it
as shown below. Also, note
that if an excerpt begins at
any particular point during
the video, you can pause the
playback there and this time
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will show in the
Start at

field. Tick it, and the video will start playing from that point! Finally, copy the link
given, and paste it into Course Manager. The program for this unit of work is here, should you want to grab
the same resources I used:
http://bit.ly/10bjCAW

AUDIO

If you own recordings that you’re using, you can upload the audio. In the example resources, I composed a
piece which is one of the models, so I can use recordings generated from Sibelius.
Again,
begin a new
Post
, and this time attach an MP3 (one is provided


Passion excerpt letter B.mp3
). You will see that, like
the YouTube example above, you can even choose an excerpt from the MP3 to be played back in
iTunesU.


The advantage of using your own
recording over linking to one is that resources you upload (such as the
PDFs you uploaded above) can all be downloaded to individual students’ devices, meaning that they can
work when they have no access to the internet.

In this section, I also provide a s
core to read and (for the next Post) a classroom arrangement to perform
from (note the solo in many transpositions), again made in Sibelius. In the folder I’ve included the Sibelius
score and an XML file for those using other notation programs,
but note th
at this isn’t a supported filetype
in Course Manager. If you want to include an unsupported filetype, upload it to a location on the internet
(Dropbox is extremely easy to use) and link to it. These files are simply included for your benefit.

VIDEO AGAIN


THIS TIME YOUR OWN

You’ve already learned how to
link to videos in iTunesU and YouTube. But even better, perhaps you can
make your own tutorial videos or stimulus videos. To do this,
simply begin a new post (two videos are
provided for you in the sample m
aterial, a stimulus video for the opening section, or a tutorial video for
section 4), and attach a video in the format .mov, .mp4 or .m4v.

VISITING YOUR COURSE

ON ITUNES FOR
IOS

To get your students subscribing to your course,
you’ll need an enroll Code. To get this, simply click the
Share

button next to your course, and you’ll get a code to hand out, or a shortcut link to email around your
class or post on your LMS. Here’s the code for this course:


The shortcut link is
http://bit.ly/14Pcrmx

-

if you have an iOS device you can sign up by tapping this link, or
by going into the iTunesU

app (which is free to download), then clicking on the
Catalog
(ue). Swipe to the
bottom of the catalog a
nd tap
Enrol

as shown below.

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Next, enter the enrolment code and tap
Next.
You
will then have to wait to be authorized (by the course
owner


me!).


Once you’ve been given access, your iPad or iPhone will let you know (it will also let you know if any
co
urse content is added after you’re enrolled!). You can then look at the content we have created in this
session.

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The overview will show first automatically, along with the image for the course. You can now see that there
is indeed plenty of space for tex
t on this page. The options on the left offer the Instructor and Outline
information, but it’s more likely students will go straight to Posts (tab on the right) and start working their
way through content.


As promised, anything linked to the iTunes store looks great, with its artwork automatically picked up.
Other links don’t look
quite as beautiful, but will work fine (opening Safari automatically).


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Recordings and videos play right within the iTunesU app,

and PDFs open within the app too (and can then
be sent out to other apps). PDFs display a little preview within the app. Each “assignment” can be ticked
off as the student completes it.


After clicking on the
Materials

tab on the right, an option allows
automatic download of resources as they
become available. This is ideal for students who only have internet access at school, or spend a lot of time
traveling without access.