Public Site Manager quick start
After Apple approves your institution’s request for enrollment and creates a public iTunes U site for your institution, you can sign in to your site and begin creating, editing, customizing, and administering your site and content.
To get your iTunes U public site up and running quickly, follow the steps outlined in this quick start.
Note: indicates a step you perform within Public Site Manager.
Add users and define roles
As an administrator, you can add additional users (administrators or contributors) to Public Site Manager to help you create, edit, customize, and administer your site and content. Adding users to your site automatically affiliates the user with your institution.
Add courses to your site
Every iTunes U site begins with great content. To add great content, instructors should create courses, then you can add the courses to Public Site Manager to make them viewable in the iTunes U catalog. Be sure to review the content before adding it to Public Site Manager (for example, be sure there are clear titles and descriptions, check copyright status, and so on).
Instructors can create courses using the iTunes U app or iTunes U for web. To add courses to the iTunes U catalog, both the instructor and the course must be affiliated with your institution (or a Managed Apple ID instructor and organization), then the instructor must choose Add to Public Catalog from the Settings pop-up menu to request you add the course to your iTunes U public site. After you receive the email request, you can add the course to your iTunes U public site.
Click Courses to add courses. See Add, view, hide, and delete courses in Public Site Manager.
Note: To confirm an instructor is affiliated with your institution, be sure the instructor’s Apple ID is listed in the Users view. In addition, if the instructor is affiliated with more than one institution, the instructor must choose your institution’s name from the Institution pop-up menu in the Course Settings pane. See the Edit course settings in iTunes U.
Design and preview your institution’s provider page
Your provider page is the main landing page for your institution’s public site and is your institution’s branded iTunes U destination. You can configure elements in your provider page (for example, provider page image and feature boxes) to control how your content is displayed to your users. After you’ve designed your provider page, use the View Preview feature for iTunes to see how your provider page will appear to the public before you publish it.
Click Pages to configure your provider page. See Customize your provider page in Public Site Manager.
The All Courses feature box displays links to all the published courses you added to your site. See Add and delete feature boxes and lists in Public Site Manager.
Click View Preview > iTunes in the configurable provider page to preview your provider page. See Preview your provider page in Public Site Manager.
Publish your public site
Publishing your site makes it available to users worldwide in the iTunes U catalog. Before you publish, you should preview your site. Previewing your site helps you confirm the site reflects your institution’s brand.
Market your content
Now that you have a beautifully branded site with amazing content, it’s time to tell the world. You must decide which marketing techniques best meet the goals of your institution. Consider the following to help drive users to your content in the iTunes U catalog:
Market your courses on your institution’s webpage, through emails and newsletters, and through your social media channels.
Enlist faculty and guest speakers to broadcast content to their networks.
Include your iTunes U content when speaking to the press about institutional initiatives.
Note: Every course in your iTunes U public site has a unique URL, making it easy for you to create links on webpages or social media sites. To get the URL, click in the Courses view, then copy the iTunes Store URL.