iTunes U was never adopted for PCC as a pilot project- in the end its a solution searching for a project in our environment: our early adopting instructors who are generating content don't need server space.
What is iTunes U?
iTunes U is an Apple sponsored initiative to offer any educational
institution 50 Gigabytes of free hosted server space to store
podcasts and PDFs. This storage space is easy to set up with a
custom look for PCC, and will use the Mypcc log in system to
restrict access to PCC users only.
Most simply, iTunes is an indexed recording storage space, kind of
like a library catalog. You can use the iTunes software on your
computer to access the iTunes library on the internet and take
recordings from it. You can also subscribe to a recordings
directory(feed), so that when something new is added, you will
automatically receive the latest recording (podcast) in your local
copy of iTunes the next time you log in.
...but, what is podcasting?
The Direct Answer OR Ask a Ninja
Podcasting in Education
for multi-lingual for distance learning
education to facilitate self-paced
to provide the ability learning
for educators to for re-mediation of slower
feature guest speakers learners
from remote locations to allow faculty to offer
to allow guest speakers advanced and or highly
the ability to present motivated learners extra
once to many sections content
and classes for helping students with
to offer a richer reading and/or other
learning environment disabilities
Possible Applications @ PCC
- Lecture "Profcasting"
- Lesson Clarification
- Instructor Voice in Distance Courses
- Staff & Faculty Professional Development
- Public Relations
- Student Services
- Multi-Modal learning support
- Support for Students with Disabilities
- Community Outreach
- Industry Partnership Support
- Institutional Transparency
Do we need it?
Several instructors across our institution have requested
the ability to podcast, this is just a short list of those I am aw
of. I am sure there are more!
-Dana Leighton, Psychology.
-Giselle Bawnik, French.
-Sheryl Stohs, Geology.
-Michael ____ , Language Arts. (ask Melany for name)
-Kim Smith, T.L.C. Coordinator & Sociologist
-Rowan Wolf, Sociology
-Judy Cabanban, Medical Terminology
- Julie Moore, Sign Language Interpretation Program
iTunes U- Pros and Cons
- off site server space - corporate sponsorship is a
-centralized distribution of real turn off for some
iTunes client -less content control than in
-external server mgmt. house servers
-easy administrative system -"free"
- high adoption rate -another system to manage?
- many people already use
-relatively easy to learn
A corporate sponsored product?
I'd like to briefly address the concern that we are forwarding a
corporate sponsored product. Indeed, we are, and this is why-
there is no financial requirement whatsoever to use iTunes, or
iTunes U. We do not ask any student to spend a penny with Apple
to use this technology, and never will. While we have an
institutional desire to test podcasting as a potentially beneficial
technology, there is no short term way to enable streaming media
from our internal server environment. "Free" is a great price to
spend on discovery, in my humble opinion, and asking instructors to
wait for years to try new things unfair. At this time, iTunes U is
the best tool we can use to explore podcasting, and in the words
of Tom Peterson, "free is a very good price."
A few myths about iTunes
1. You must have an iPod to use iTunes.
Nope, you can listen to podcasts from iTunes on many
different devices- your computer and other mp3 players will
also play iTunes content.
2. You must pay for iTunes to use iTunes.
Actually, anyone can download the iTunes client and never
pay a penny for content.
3. All iTunes content is published for public use
Not true. We can control who has access to PCC's iTunes
U content through MyPCC. We are not yet planning a public
instance of iTunes U for PCC.
A long list of institutions who are already using iTunes U or
are developing an iTunes U site for their institution is here:
iTunes U Institution List (Partial)
Here in Oregon, a few examples:
OSU University Exploratory Studies Program
Mt Hood Community College on iTunes U
Columbia Gorge CC on iTunes U
Pacific University on iTunes U
Will it work for PCC? Lets find out!
-9 months collection
-2 months evaluation
-1 month reporting
-system support requirements
-feedback from users
Please contact me if you are interested in participating, or
if you have any questions or suggestions about the iTunes U
Instructional Multimedia Technologist
Distance Learning & Instructional Support
SY TCB 116 x4472
Pilot updates and quarterly reports will be posted at http: