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TU Delft on iTunes U


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TU Delft explains why they have chosen for iTunes U as a publication channel for their course materials and how they have done it.

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TU Delft on iTunes U

  1. 1. TU Delft on iTunes U Courses on your iPod Joost Groot Kormelink, Education & Student Affairs Paul Suijker, TU Delft Library
  2. 2. Content <ul><li>A few words about TU Delft </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation TU Delft for participation </li></ul><ul><li>Situation at the start </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot phase & planning </li></ul><ul><li>Workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons learned </li></ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul>
  3. 3. A few words about TU Delft
  4. 4. TU Delft - characteristics Faculties: 8 Bachelor programmes: 14, Master programmes: 36 Total number of students: 16,000/ International students: 2,100 Scientific staff: 2,600 Number of PhD-theses: 250 Focal Research programs: Energy, Health, Infrastructures & Environment: ‘Challenge the future’
  5. 5. Voorbeelden Engineering Challenges
  6. 6. Motivation TU Delft for participation in iTunes U <ul><li>Strong commitment CvB Open Access including Open Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Considered as a next step after the launch of OpenCourseWare in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>International orientation TU Delft </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of visitors of iT unes U worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Prestige </li></ul><ul><li>Better use of existing material </li></ul><ul><li>Irreversible trend worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Demand from students </li></ul>
  7. 7. OpenCourseWare <ul><li>“ TU Delft is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions for social problems. The university's core tasks include delivering know-how and building knowledge networks in an international context. OpenCourseWare is one of the means by which we are contributing to this mission. “ </li></ul><ul><li>Jacob Fokkema, Former Rector Magnificus, initiator of the TU Delft OpenCourseWare project </li></ul>
  8. 8. Starting points <ul><li>Strong increase in the use of Collegerama and other technology for recording seminars, lecturers, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access policy also for education </li></ul><ul><li>Different channels in use for external multimedia publications (YouTube,, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Multimediaportal under construction </li></ul><ul><li>Professors asking for participation in iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>However, NO cooperate publication policy for multimedia. </li></ul>Screenshot ‘ Ad-random publication’
  9. 9. Pilot phase & Planning Preparation <ul><li>2007: first internal request </li></ul><ul><li>February 2009: application sent to Apple </li></ul><ul><li>June 2009: first meeting with Apple </li></ul><ul><li>September 2009: briefing Apple for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senior management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>September 2009: approval CvB for pilot phase , joint launch with OU </li></ul>
  10. 10. Pilot phase & planning Implementation <ul><li>October 2009: project team in place (next slide) under the responsibility of the already existing steering group Multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>October 2009: finalization project plan & provisional workflow for publication </li></ul><ul><li>November 2009 – January 2010: selection of assets & workflow for publication </li></ul><ul><li>December 2009: approval Board internal organization after pilot phase </li></ul><ul><li>January 2010: approval steering group for launch on 2.2.2010 </li></ul><ul><li>February 2, 2010: launch jointly with OU </li></ul><ul><li>February 2010: finalization project pilot phase & hand over to standing organization </li></ul>
  11. 11. Project team pilot phase <ul><li>Library: workflow publication process and storage </li></ul><ul><li>MMS: technical support (format/trailer) </li></ul><ul><li>ICT: Server & installation of iTunes U at the campus </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Student Affairs: project leader & support for the workflow (E-learning support unit) </li></ul><ul><li>M&C: homepage TU Delft at iTunes U </li></ul>Selection of assets: co-production No internal communication/marketing allowed Two student assistants doing most of the workflow
  12. 12. Launch 2.2.2010 <ul><li>Three Categories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus life (i.e. Delft Design Engineering Challenges) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Press Statement ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Bezoek iTunes U TU Delft ( http:// ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Portal iTunes U
  14. 14. Workflow <ul><li>Recording of the lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion to mp3/mp4-format, add trailers </li></ul><ul><li>Add metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Load assets into repository </li></ul><ul><li>Create RSS-feeds </li></ul>
  15. 15. Current workflow <ul><li>Recording of the lecture (MMS - Multimedia Services) </li></ul><ul><li>Conversion mp3/mp4-format (Educational Support/MMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Add metadata (Educational Support/Library) </li></ul><ul><li>Load assets into repository (Library) </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial phase (Marketing) </li></ul><ul><li>Create RSS-feeds (Library) </li></ul>
  16. 19. Preparation <ul><li>iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>TU Delft homepage on iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>Website structure </li></ul><ul><li>Course pages + links to RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>TU Delft </li></ul><ul><li>Repository for multimedia assets </li></ul><ul><li>Landing page op TU Delft website </li></ul>
  17. 27. Statistics *) <ul><li>Total </li></ul><ul><li>Visits: 129.772 </li></ul><ul><li>Download tracks: 44.658 </li></ul><ul><li>February 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Visits: 14.913 per week </li></ul><ul><li>Download data: 0,657 TB download (first week February) </li></ul><ul><li>March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Visits: 14.604 per week </li></ul><ul><li>*) February 2 - March 14, 2010 </li></ul>
  18. 28. Statistics <ul><li>Client software </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes op PC of Mac: 91.8 % </li></ul><ul><li>iPod: 1% </li></ul><ul><li>iPhone: 7,2 % (Wi-Fi?) </li></ul>
  19. 29. Lessons learned <ul><li>Support from “College van Bestuur”: crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Workflow and costs are manageable </li></ul><ul><li>Side effect: more attention for copyright & requirements for multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes U has been a trigger for our new multimedia publication policy </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata is important </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions from downloads: too early </li></ul>
  20. 30. Next steps <ul><li>Create new video’s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encourage teachers to publish “existing” material on iTunes U (4.000 hours in store) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teachers to publish “new” material on iTunes U </li></ul><ul><li>Work on optimize workflow </li></ul><ul><li>Work on publication policy </li></ul>
  21. 31. Questions?