University of Michigan on iTunes U

FAQ

What is iTunes U?

Apple features free downloadable material (audio and video) provided by many universities and accessed through the “iTunes U” section of the iTunes store.

Why is Michigan participating in iTunes U?

The School of Dentistry began working with iTunes several years ago to provide class lectures to its students in an easily accessible digital environment. As iTunes U developed, it became apparent that the ability to provide quality materials to the public—in addition to the classroom—could open doors to many University of Michigan lectures, news stories, speeches, etc.

People will now be able to access many of the guest speakers and special lectures and series that the University sponsors—from any where, at any time—thus furthering the ability of a public institution to provide informative and enriching material.

What kinds of content are available?

At the University of Michigan, there is a distinction between public content and classroom content. Class lectures are available through CTools to students enrolled in a class. Materials uploaded to CTools cannot automatically migrate to the public site.

On the public iTunes U, material is gathered from lecture series, public talks, news podcasts, public videos, etc. Sample materials might include the video celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Polio Vaccine, the Penny Stamps Lecture Series, or a News Service story podcast.

Do I need an iPod or a Mac to listen to files housed in iTunes U?

No. Any media player that can play .mp4 video or AAC audio files will work. You must go through iTunes to download the content, but can then use the media player of your choice with the downloaded files. Apple has free versions of iTunes available for Macs running 10.3 and up, and PCs running Microsoft Windows XP and up.

How do I submit a podcast?

Requests should be submitted to UMiTunesinfo@umich.edu. Instructions for submitting files and guidelines for quality control exist on our contribute section.

Where does the submission request go?

The public iTunes U at Michigan site is populated by Michigan Marketing & Design with the support of the Vice President for Communications.

How do I obtain consent for recording and republising content?

The University provides a PDF form covering digital rights, click here to download this form.