Academic and support staff: using iTunes U to support TEACHING
Adding Apple Podcasts content to your Blackboard module
On your PC or Mac computer, download the item(s) you want to use within the iTunes application. Find the original file on your system and then upload into Blackboard as usual. TEACH has information on how to add files and how to embed audio and video
for your Blackboard module. Alternatively, you could just add a link to
the item for your students to access themselves (see below).
Playing audio/video content in a lecture/workshop
- Using the teaching room’s computer/projector system — in advance, check that iTunes is available on the computer you’ll be using. If it is not already installed, contact IT Customer Support
and they will arrange this. Note: you may need to give them a couple of
days’ notice, so it’s worth checking in good time before your lecture.
With iTunes installed, you can either play the audio/video live or
download to the local iTunes Library and play it from there.
- Using your own device (Windows/Mac laptop
computer, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch mobile devices) — you can either play
the audio/video live using a wifi connection or download to your
Podcasts/iTunes U app and play the content offline. You may need a
special connector to link to the projection system in the lecture room,
so check in advance. If you need guidance, contact IT Customer Support.
Sharing links with your students
Sharing is easy!
From a PC/Mac computer or Windows/Mac laptop using the iTunes application:
- To share a podcast, right-click on the podcasts title and copy the link. What you’ve copied is simply a URL
(web link) so you can then add this into your Blackboard/Moodle module,
in the same way as any other web link. You could also email the link or
add it to a blog, for example.
- To share an item from a podcast, click the
drop-down arrow alongside the 'Free’ button, and select from the
options: share to Facebook, share to Twitter, or copy. If you use 'copy’
then you can add this to your module etc (as above).
From an Apple iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch using the Podcasts app:
- Select the item you want to share — this will open a pop-up panel. Select the upward arrow
in the top right-hand corner, and you will be given the options for
sharing: via Message, Mail, Twitter or Facebook, or you can select 'Copy
Link’, which you can then paste anywhere (eg into Blackboard).