Once you've created a podcast, you need to post it somewhere online so that other people can access it. You can upload it to iTunes U so that your students and, optionally, other NAU affiliates and/or the public may access it through iTunes; or you can upload it directly to Blackboard (Bb) Vista so that only those enrolled in your Bb Vista section can access it. If you will be posting more than one podcast episode, iTunes U is highly recommended because your audience will be able to subscribe to the podcast. You can then link to your iTunes U site from within Bb Vista. Uploading to iTunes U also lets those with portable devices easily transfer the podcasts to their devices and listen to or watch the podcasts at their convenience.
iTunes U only accepts files for upload that are less than 1 gigabyte (Gb). Audio files must be either AAC or MP3 with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3). To use cover artwork with an audio track, use the AAC file type format (.m4a). Video files must be MPEG-4 with H.264 compression with appropriate file extensions (.mp4, .m4v, .mov).
For best results, use the most recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox to upload files.
Uploading to iTunes U
- If you haven't already done so, install iTunes.
- Launch iTunes.
- Log in to NAU's private site. You can log in directly at https://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/BrowsePrivately/nau.edu, or you can click the orange Private iTunes U button at itunes.nau.edu. Once logged in you will see the main NAU "private side" page:
- Navigate to the course to which you would like to upload
- In the upper right, click on Upload and Manage Files
- This launches an Upload and Manage Files window in your browser. First, click on the tab into which you would like to upload your podcast or file. In this example, you will upload a PDF file to the PDFs tab:
- Click Add New File, then browse to the file's location and select it. Once the file has been queued into the system, you can edit its metadata by clicking on the Edit (pencil) icon:
- To add multiple files to upload, repeat the previous step until all of the files appear in the list. When finished, click Done. You will be taken back to iTunes and should see the file uploaded in the tab you intended:
Note: If you experience difficulty using Internet Explorer on Windows to upload your files, see http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;329781. You can try using a different browser to upload your files.