What is WSU on iTunes U?

WSU on iTunes U is a way of sharing video and audio files with people -- all over the world -- by using the Apple iTunes store. The audio and video files are stored by Apple Inc. (not Winona State University). Users must have Apple's free iTunes software installed to access the video and audio files. Users may find the content by searching or browsing the Apple iTunes store. The public content is available free, and people can easily add the content to their Apple-branded portable multimedia device (ie, iPod).

Why participate in WSU on iTunes U?

WSU on iTunes U  provides a secondary, supplemental opportunity to widely distribute digital lectures, music, performances and more that convey academic and intellectual opportunities at Winona State University. It is not meant to replace other methods of distributing material (for example, embedding content on the winona.edu web site). But it is a way to reach a different audience, an audience that might not usually visit winona.edu. Using iTunes U also makes it easy for users to put material on their iPod or iPhone.

Do I need iTunes software on my computer to access this material?

Yes. Download the latest version of iTunes from the iTunes web site. iTunes is free software which will run on Windows-based PCs and Apple's OS X.

How do I visit WSU on iTunes U?

Start by viewing our page in your browser. Then click the button for the appropriate version of WSU on iTunes U. This should open your iTunes application, and WSU on iTunes U will display there.

What materials are appropriate for iTunes U?

WSU on iTunes U presents audio and video content that conveys the depth and breadth of Winona State University. Intended for a broad public audience, WSU on iTunes U is also available for instructors who wish to make class materials available to the general public. Please note that materials on WSU on iTunes U are not password protected. For more information on content policies, see our policy guidelines.

What if WSU on iTunes U content infringes on copyright protection?

Any party asserting that content presented on WSU on iTunes U infringes on copyright activities should contact iTunesPublic@winona.edu.

What if WSU on iTunes U content infringes on intellectual property rights?

Winona State University does not permit infringement of intellectual property rights on WSU on iTunes U. Any party asserting that content presented on WSU on iTunes U infringes on the intellectual property rights of others should contact iTunesPublic@winona.edu.

How do I report inappropriate content on WSU on iTunes U?

Please contact iTunesPublic@winona.edu.

Is Winona State University's content part of the iTunes Music Store?

Not at this time. However, after the initial building phase of the project we hope to make our content available in the iTunes Store via the iTunes U section.

How long will material remain on WSU on iTunes U?

Although most public content on WSU on iTunes U is intended to remain indefinitely, there is no guarantee of how long files will remain on iTunes U. Therefore, WSU on iTunes U should not be considered a permanent archive for audio and video.

May I link to my iTunes material from my web site or an e-mail?

Yes. Within iTunes, right-click the link that you would like to share.  Select "Copy iTunes Store URL"; then paste the URL into the document that you intend to share.  Alternately, you may be able to drag the link from iTunes into an email or a text editor, and the URL will appear.  You can copy links to pages, tabs, or even single files.

How may I upload content?

Individual contributors may arrange to send audio and/or video files for upload by contacting iTunesPublic@winona.edu to arrange delivery of material via email, CD/DVD, or memory stick. Please indicate the format file to the best of your knowledge.  Common audio filetypes are: WAV, AIFF, or MP3.  Common video filetypes are: WMV, MPEG, AVI or MOV.  If your file is in a different format (check the file extension — the letters after the dot in the filename), please contact iTunesPublic@winona.edu to request information on converting your file into an easily readable format.

If you have an ongoing series with a consistent theme, then you are a podcaster, who may request direct access to WSU on iTunes U. Send an email to iTunesPublic@winona.edu with your request, describing the content you wish to post, which entity at Winona State University you represent (center, club, department, etc) and the names of everyone in your team you want to be able to post content to your iTunes U space.

What format should my video / audio be in?

See our technical guidelines.