If, at step 3 in the upload process, you indicate your desire to publish your content to iTunes U a pop-up window will appear. You will then be asked to assign your item to a category, channel, and collection.
Items must be assigned to a single iTunes U-supplied category. Categories are a means for iTunes U to group together similarly-themed content from across all providers.
A category consists of a three or six digit code such as 100 Business, or 100 104 Marketing (which is a subcategory of 100 Business). Since iTunes U is an education resource it provides categories for all areas and subjects within the scope of higher education. As the areas of research and teaching at Imperial are heavily focussed on science, technology, engineering, medicine and business you may find that the iTunes U categories may not always exactly describe your content. Therefore, please assign your content to the category you feel it is most closely associated with from those available in the list.
A channel is a grouping of collections. The channels that exist on our iTunes U page are research driven and reflect the faculty structure of Imperial College London: the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Imperial College Business School. There is also a fifth channel named University Life, which contains all other non-research and archive content.
Please note that items which do not explicitly discuss a particular aspect of research, that are related to (non-research) student activities or student recruitment (such as accommodation, Imperial College Union, or discussions of particular courses of study), or are more suited to the archive (such as Dennis Gabor repeating his Nobel prize speech) must be allocated to the 112 Teaching & Education category and to the University Life channel.
A collection is a grouping of subject-related or themed items. Imperial’s iTunes U collections were informed by the process of collating the pre-existing content held in the Media Library into subject-related or themed groups. Such collections were assigned to a relevant channel (or channels, in the case of a collection which comprises a College-wide research theme such as “Health“).
Therefore the channel to which you assign your item will have some effect upon the collections that are made available to your item. Please assign your item to a suitable collection. If you feel that there isn’t a suitable collection available suggest a new collection using the “New Collection” button. This will then be sent to the Digital Media team for approval.
Please see “What is the rationale for assigning content (items) to categories, channels and collections in iTunes U?” for more information about how to assign items to the appropriate places.