iTunes U is a free service for higher education from Apple that provides a means for managing, delivering, and accessing university-related content to all, whether on or off campus to the local and global community.
Pace on iTunes Uis a video/audio repository of Pace events and special productions to course discussions and guest speakers.
Visitors can select from a wide variety of subjects including university news and updates, department or program information, presentations, lectures, training sessions, and guided tours. These video and audio files can be viewed or listened to on a Mac or PC, and even on smart phones and tablets.
Pace on iTunes U combines rich media with innovative teaching and research making it is possible for every Pace faculty member and researcher to effectively and efficiently provide podcast course material to students, colleagues, fellow researchers, as well as the local and global community.
Submissions to Pace on iTunes U must be unique educational content that is distinctive to Pace and reflects academic expertise. In order for your submision to be considered as a good candidate for Pace on iTunes U your content needs to be original content produced by you and/or a member of the Pace community, have a broad general audience appeal, and its message must appropriately reflect the mission of your department/program, school or college, or the University as a whole.
Preparing your content
iTunes U supports the distribution of compressed audio and video files. Apple recommends using the following formats for your iTunes U audio and video content:
If you are using QuickTime to create and edit video content, Apple recommends that you export your videos by choosing “Movie to iPod” from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro. For more information, see apple.com/quicktime. Note: iTunes U does not support the downloading of WAV or AIFF file formats on the iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
Audio files (AAC, MP3) with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3). For best results during playback, Apple recommends converting MP3 files greater than 32 megabytes (MB) to AAC format. For AAC audio files, Apple recommends the following specifications:
Audio Format: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC (Music)
Data Rate: Up to 160 Kbps
Channels: Stereo in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov formats
Output Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Encoding Quality: Better
Video files (MPEG-4 with H.264 compression) with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov). For best results with iPod, Apple recommends using MPEG-4 with H.264 compression with the following specifications:
Video Format: MPEG-4 with H.264
Data Rate: Up to 1.5 Mbps
Image Size: 640 x 480 pixels
Frame Rate: 30 frames per second
Key Frame: Every 24 frames
Audio Tracks: Baseline Low-Complexity Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps
Sending your content
If you think you have content that is appropriate for Pace on iTunes U, please fill out the online iTunes U submission form to upload your audio or video file. After receiving your submission, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will review your files. You will be notified if your content is approved for Pace on iTunes U. For more information contact Julio A. Rodriguez-Rentas, courseware designer and administrator of Pace on iTunes U.
Featuring iTunes U content on your website
Every content collection in iTunes U has an associated unique URL that you can link to from the Web. To get this unique URL, right-click on the collections's album cover and select Copy Link from the pop-up menu.
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