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  • Nottingham i tunes u conference 2010

    1. 1. The University of Nottingham iTunes U Conference 2010 <ul><li>Andy Beggan, Head of Learning Technology </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>October 14th, 2010 </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>Est. 1948 </li></ul><ul><li>“A City is Built on Wisdom” </li></ul><ul><li>3 international campuses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- UK, Nottingham </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- China, Ningbo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Malaysia, KL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ranked 73rd worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>~ 40,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>~ 2000 academic teaching staff </li></ul>About Nottingham
    3. 3. iTunes U statistics <ul><li>Public site only... so far </li></ul><ul><li>Launch 15th June 2010, live 19 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>103,397 previews </li></ul><ul><li>44,163 downloads </li></ul><ul><li>>9,000 unique visitors </li></ul><ul><li>67 albums with 309 tracks </li></ul><ul><li>14GB (700 GB capacity) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Project Management
    5. 5. Background: Podcasting @ Nottingham <ul><li>Began November 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at External and Internal audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Portable recording kits with simplified upload workflows Over 300 staff users & around 2,500 podcasts to date </li></ul><ul><li>Growing demand for user generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Need to enhance discoverability </li></ul><ul><li>Links with JISC Steeple community as well as a visit from Apple :) </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why iTunes U? <ul><li>Open Nottingham & open learning agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Open access for all (our) students wherever they are based </li></ul><ul><li>“iTunes U provides a wonderful opportunity to make available--to a global audience--some of the resources our inspiring educators produce. I hope... it gives you a revealing insight into the international Nottingham experience.” </li></ul><ul><li>Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor </li></ul>
    7. 7. First steps <ul><ul><li>Start date 12th February 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Finding and collating archive content </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright issues and recorded lectures </li></ul><ul><li>UK based JISC legal advice </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes U Project Management Kit Designing the website </li></ul><ul><li>Launch June 15th 2010 </li></ul>
    8. 8. Getting the right (enthusiastic) team <ul><li>Senior level champion-PVC for Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Support from Information Services SMT </li></ul><ul><li>Audio-Visual Media Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Communications Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic artist </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Systems Development Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Willing contributors....! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Making a splash! <ul><li>Launch event June 15th 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Opened by PVC for Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>100 attendees at event as well as live stream for China & Malaysia </li></ul><ul><li>Promoted under Open Nottingham </li></ul><ul><li>Website linked from homepage </li></ul><ul><li>University-wide promotion </li></ul><ul><li>...only the beginning! </li></ul>
    10. 10. Content Strategy
    11. 11. Organisation <ul><li>Just Arrived; About Us; Subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts published weekly for a wide audience </li></ul><ul><li>1. Educational </li></ul><ul><li>2. News & documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Quirkier side </li></ul><ul><li>Plan your collections ...but but be flexible where possible </li></ul>
    12. 12. 1. Educational <ul><li>Recorded lectures and traditional teaching content </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts published weekly </li></ul><ul><li>1. Educational </li></ul><ul><li>2. News & documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Quirkier side </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial board </li></ul>
    13. 13. 2. News and documentaries <ul><li>New discoveries, University news and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts published weekly </li></ul><ul><li>1. Educational </li></ul><ul><li>2. News & documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Quirkier side </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial board </li></ul>
    14. 14. 3. Quirkier side <ul><li>Fun educational content, to inform, entertain and inspire </li></ul><ul><li>1. Educational </li></ul><ul><li>2. News & documentaries </li></ul><ul><li>3. Quirkier side </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial board </li></ul>
    15. 15. Finding content and keeping it going <ul><li>Back catalogue Older content can often prove to be the more popular! </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded lectures Currently slow but growing up take (voluntary) </li></ul><ul><li>Communications and Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Video production team </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial controls </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated support requirements Open learning & Marketing and Comms </li></ul>
    16. 16. Impact <ul><li>Explaining mathematics </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Pathology mini tutorials </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    17. 17. Wrap-up
    18. 18. Some practical tips from the team... Ignore Atom as a syndication format (Apple's documentation notwithstanding) and concentrate on RSS...iTunes U features still to come will make use of RSS more important. In the end, we support both formats but we only use RSS. Do not to underestimate the time it takes to upload the entire back catalogue of existing podcasts to the podcast server... it took me about two weeks of sitting up til 2 in the morning on average! Have a clear plan to support the service into the future. Don't start if you don't intend to resource the service on an ongoing basis. The work does not end after launch. It increases with the profile of the service.
    19. 19. Thank you.
    20. 20. Q&A