iTunesU is a way for content creators to publish their video, audio and text content for others to use; it allows users to download individual files, or subscribe to your content. A subscription enable’s Apple’s iTunes application to automatically download new files you publish to your’s audience’s computer. This is possible through a technology called “RSS” (Really Simple Syndication), and the result is a published, serialized catalog of content which is called a feed.
A feed can be thought of as a subscription or periodical publication of content published by an author or assistant that is available digitally. A fundamental repository for content in iTunesU is called a Collection. Often a collection is the same as a iTunesU feed, but it doesn’t have to be. We will ignore this nuance for the moment and focus on considering a collection as representing a feed.
iTunesU uses a web-based tool for managing your content. There are two main roles that are available for managing iTunesU content itself.
A Collection Manager can only administer their own collection. They are able to:
- Upload and Manage content in a collection
- Upload and change their artwork for their collection
- Add their own keywords and search terms to their feed
- Create descriptive text for their collection.
An Administrator can
- Create new collections
- Hide collections from the public until they are ready to be published
- Republish the iTunesU site
- Add new Collection Managers
- And all of what a collection manager can do.
These roles are assigned by the adminstrator. It is critical to understand that while many collection managers can be logged into iTunesU’s web based management system, only one administrator can be logged in at a time. Therefore, there are only a handful of administrators, but many collection managers. Note that there can be more than one collection manager for a collection, so it is possible to delegate management of several feeds to one person. This allows both the content creator and a secondary person to have the ability to update and manage content.