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== Initial Research  ==
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== Progress ==  
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===Approved for iTunes U [http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/miis.edu Public Presence]===
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*Submitted for approval on Tuesday 11/19/2008
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*Approved 12/15/2008
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*Appeared in iTunes U Store on 12/23/2008
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*Approved for iTunes U Public facing store
  
=== MIIS iTunes U Presence ===
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=== Requested Separate Public & Private iTunes U Spaces ===
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*Kristen contacted Apple on 1/15/2009
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*Asked Apple to create a [http://discussions.apple.com/ann.jspa?annID=602 Public Feature Page] for our iTunes U
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*Heard back from Apple on 1/16/2009; they verified that we know what a Public Feature Page is and wanted to make sure it's what we really want
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*Kristen confirmed that we would like a Public Feature Page created for us
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*This will give us access to the sleek three-column page design used by Stanford, Duke, University of Michigan, etc.
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**This design allows users to search our content (rather than just browse) 
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**Will also allow us to sort content multiple ways
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*This design is intended to be a visual cue that lets an iTunes U user know that he/she is visiting the Institute's public arena (as opposed to the place where class materials are kept)
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*Keep in mind that the intended use is different than for our private site
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*Kristen & Bob spoke with iTunes U rep on 3/2/2009 - convinced us that Public Feature Page is not for us
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*Request for separate public space granted 3/5/2009
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*Nov 2010 Rebecca and Bob revisit the Public Feature Page option - migrated content into web content editor, working on collections, tags, and artwork
  
http://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/miis.edu
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=== Compiled FAQs ===
  
=== Site Design ===
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*Do I have to pay to access MIIS on iTunes U?
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*What if I have Windows? Can I still install iTunes?
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*How do I access MIIS on iTunes U?
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*Is MIIS's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
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*Can I access MIIS on iTunes U directly without first opening a browser?
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*A podcast has images, but they do not appear when I play it. How can I see them?
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*I can see other people's playlist in my iTunes. Did someone hack into my computer?
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*What do I need to use iTunes U?
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*Do I need an iPod to use iTunes U?
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*Where can I download iTunes?
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*How do I login to iTunes U?
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*Is the MIIS on iTunes content under copyright protection?
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*What is a podcast?
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*How can I create my own podcast?
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*Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from MIIS on iTunes U?
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*Can I use other mp3 players with iTunes?
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*What else can I do using the iTunes software?
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*I want to distribute a URL to something specific in iTunesU. Can I link directly to this content?
  
*University of Michigan has a great 3-column layout
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=== Create Launch/Support Page ===
*Can include dynamic elements such as "Top Downloads"
 
*Need to have a public presence on iTunes in order to be granted the Public Feature Page template used by Michigan, Stanford, Duke, etc.
 
  
=== Application Process ===
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*Several good examples:
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**http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0806/08060301
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**http://www.otis.edu/life_otis/help/faqitunesu.html
  
*Far less likely to get a site as a department of an institution.
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== Additional Work to be Done  ==
*For example, if you say, "We're the Theatre Department of Generic U and we'd like a site if we can get it," you are far less likely to get a site than if you say, "We're Generic U and we'd like a site if we can get it.
 
  
== Timeline ==
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===Form an Editorial Board===
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*Look deeper into our iTunes U presence
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*Act as a podcast content steering committee
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*Members:
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**Bob
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**Kristen
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**Jason
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**Rob
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**Kenley
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**Sarah
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**Jacolyn
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**Jen/Edy
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**[https://www.yammer.com/messages/2122380 Shirley Coly]
  
*Submitted for approval on Tuesday 11/19/2008
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===Decide Which Content Should Be Public vs. Private===
*Approved 12/15/2008
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*Create architecture for new Public Feature Page
*Appeared in iTunes U Store on 12/23/2008
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*Rethink the architecture currently in place (this will become the private site)
 
 
== Additional Work to be Done  ==
 
 
 
=== Contact Apple ===
 
  
*When you ask Apple to create a public site for your school, you get access to the three-column page design (this is called a "public features page" in the iTunes U admin guide). This design is, I suspect, intended to be a visual cue that lets an iTunes U client know that he/she is visiting your school's public arena (as opposed to the place where class materials are kept).
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===Consider Crossposting Content from YouTube to iTunes U===
*To get the three-column format, ask Apple to create a public site with the public features page for you. Bear in mind, though, the the intended use is different than for your private site.
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* Make content available in both places
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* Users can then choose their preferred information source
  
 
=== Establish Workflow & Style Guide ===
 
=== Establish Workflow & Style Guide ===
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**Editing
 
**Editing
 
**Uploading to iTunes U
 
**Uploading to iTunes U
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**Assigning topics to files ("Topics" can become a sidebar on the Public Feature Page)
  
*Establish guidelines for the following items:  
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*Establish guidelines for the following ID3 tags:  
 
**Track name  
 
**Track name  
 
**Artwork  
 
**Artwork  
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**Summary  
 
**Summary  
 
**Category  
 
**Category  
*NO ACRONYMS
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*NO ACRONYMS on items that will be viewed by the public
 
 
=== Compile FAQs ===
 
 
 
*Do I have to pay to access MIIS on iTunes U?
 
 
 
*What if I have Windows? Can I still install iTunes?
 
 
 
*How do I access MIIS on iTunes U?
 
 
 
*Is MIIS's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
 
 
 
*Can I access MIIS on iTunes U directly without first opening a browser?
 
 
 
*A podcast has images, but they do not appear when I play it. How can I see them?
 
 
 
*I can see other people's playlist in my iTunes. Did someone hack into my computer?
 
 
 
*What do I need to use iTunes U?
 
 
 
*Do I need an iPod to use iTunes U?
 
 
 
*Where can I download iTunes?
 
  
*How do I login to iTunes U?
 
  
*Is the MIIS on iTunes content under copyright protection?
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Filling out this:
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[[Image:id3tags.png]]
  
*What is a podcast?
 
  
*How can I create my own podcast?
 
  
*Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from MIIS on iTunes U?
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Results in this:
 
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[[Image:Labeling_in_itunes.png]]
*Can I use other mp3 players with iTunes?
 
 
 
*What else can I do using the iTunes software?
 
 
 
*I want to distribute a URL to something specific in iTunesU. Can I link directly to this content?
 
 
 
=== Create Launch/Support Page ===
 
 
 
*Several good examples:
 
**http://video.tncc.edu/itunesu/index.php
 
**http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0806/08060301
 
**https://wikis.otis.edu/tech/index.php/Otis_on_iTunesU
 
  
 
=== Determine How Users will be Authenticated ===
 
=== Determine How Users will be Authenticated ===

Latest revision as of 16:33, 30 November 2010

Progress

Approved for iTunes U Public Presence

  • Submitted for approval on Tuesday 11/19/2008
  • Approved 12/15/2008
  • Appeared in iTunes U Store on 12/23/2008
  • Approved for iTunes U Public facing store

Requested Separate Public & Private iTunes U Spaces

  • Kristen contacted Apple on 1/15/2009
  • Asked Apple to create a Public Feature Page for our iTunes U
  • Heard back from Apple on 1/16/2009; they verified that we know what a Public Feature Page is and wanted to make sure it's what we really want
  • Kristen confirmed that we would like a Public Feature Page created for us
  • This will give us access to the sleek three-column page design used by Stanford, Duke, University of Michigan, etc.
    • This design allows users to search our content (rather than just browse)
    • Will also allow us to sort content multiple ways
  • This design is intended to be a visual cue that lets an iTunes U user know that he/she is visiting the Institute's public arena (as opposed to the place where class materials are kept)
  • Keep in mind that the intended use is different than for our private site
  • Kristen & Bob spoke with iTunes U rep on 3/2/2009 - convinced us that Public Feature Page is not for us
  • Request for separate public space granted 3/5/2009
  • Nov 2010 Rebecca and Bob revisit the Public Feature Page option - migrated content into web content editor, working on collections, tags, and artwork

Compiled FAQs

  • Do I have to pay to access MIIS on iTunes U?
  • What if I have Windows? Can I still install iTunes?
  • How do I access MIIS on iTunes U?
  • Is MIIS's content part of the iTunes Music Store?
  • Can I access MIIS on iTunes U directly without first opening a browser?
  • A podcast has images, but they do not appear when I play it. How can I see them?
  • I can see other people's playlist in my iTunes. Did someone hack into my computer?
  • What do I need to use iTunes U?
  • Do I need an iPod to use iTunes U?
  • Where can I download iTunes?
  • How do I login to iTunes U?
  • Is the MIIS on iTunes content under copyright protection?
  • What is a podcast?
  • How can I create my own podcast?
  • Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from MIIS on iTunes U?
  • Can I use other mp3 players with iTunes?
  • What else can I do using the iTunes software?
  • I want to distribute a URL to something specific in iTunesU. Can I link directly to this content?

Create Launch/Support Page

Additional Work to be Done

Form an Editorial Board

  • Look deeper into our iTunes U presence
  • Act as a podcast content steering committee
  • Members:
    • Bob
    • Kristen
    • Jason
    • Rob
    • Kenley
    • Sarah
    • Jacolyn
    • Jen/Edy
    • Shirley Coly

Decide Which Content Should Be Public vs. Private

  • Create architecture for new Public Feature Page
  • Rethink the architecture currently in place (this will become the private site)

Consider Crossposting Content from YouTube to iTunes U

  • Make content available in both places
  • Users can then choose their preferred information source

Establish Workflow & Style Guide

  • Draft a support document that covers the following:
    • Filming
    • Editing
    • Uploading to iTunes U
    • Assigning topics to files ("Topics" can become a sidebar on the Public Feature Page)
  • Establish guidelines for the following ID3 tags:
    • Track name
    • Artwork
    • Artist
    • Album
    • Year
    • Genre
    • Comments
    • Summary
    • Category
  • NO ACRONYMS on items that will be viewed by the public


Filling out this: Id3tags.png


Results in this: Labeling in itunes.png

Determine How Users will be Authenticated

  • Schedule a conversation with Middlebury
  • See what they are doing with iTunes U, how users are logging in

Define User Permissions

  • Assign instructors to courses so that they can edit their own course content