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Help with publishing your videos

Current College channels

YouTube channel screengrab YouTube - Our Imperial College YouTube account was launched in 2008, in 2015 the College YouTube passed three million views.

Imperial media library - A College resource that stores all College videos, you are encouraged to upload your official videos to share them more widely.

iTunesU- iTunes U is a vast learning resource, available on Apple's iTunes store. The content is primarily educational and can be downloaded straight to your computer, iPad, iPod and iPhone.

The College iTunes U content is available in the following places:

  1. College website.
  2. iTunes.

iTunes U Course Manager - a web-based tool that allows instructors to create and distribute courses on iTunes U. It can be used to publish complete academic courses, including syllabus, videos, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, class assignments, and more.

Any academic can publish their courses on iTunes to enable distribution to students and beyond. Individual academics can decide to share their iTunes course content with named individuals only, or whether they want to publish it to external international audiences via the College's iTunes U account.  See an example of an existing College public course.


 If you would like publish one of your videos on the College channel, please contact Martin Sayers 

Branding and publishing your content

The College Media Library - iMedia

Log in with your usual College credentials at http://www2.imperial.ac.uk/imedia/.

iMedia Library screenshotStep 1 - upload your video, click select file:

Upload a screen of iMedia

N.B. Video file types accepted: flv, mov, mp4, m4v, avi.
Step 2 - Enter the details of the video, the title, description and tags. These are crucial for your video to be searchable.
 
Step 3 - Publish media to, you can select the options where you want the video to publish to. You can publish to iMedia (Imperial College Website) and/or ITunesU (recommended).
 
Step 4 - Create the front slide, this is where you add some branding. You have the choice of using your own image, using your prebranded option or using the default College version.
 
Step 5 - Upload, accept the terms and conditions and click save.
 
For more in depth instructions on each step - see the Web guide FAQs uploading a video to iMedia.

 

 What happens next?

Your video is placed in approval queue that is checked daily (if urgent, contact Martin Sayers), the process includes:

1. Communications review content to check:
  • Branding.
  • Quality of recording –lip synch, audible.
  • Completeness of recording.
  • Collection, tags etc.
Communications cannot check accuracy of academic content or copyright issues.

2. If content meets quality requirements it is also approved for iTunes U (although not immediate publishing).

3. If there are any issues Communications contacts the content uploader.
 

Sharing

Publishing academic courses to iTunes U

Any academic can publish their courses on iTunes to enable distribution to students and beyond. Individual academics can decide to share their iTunes course content with named individuals only, or whether they want to publish it to external international audiences via the College's iTunes U account.

Comprehensive step-by-step instructions are available from Apple.  In order to add course material to iTunes, please follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to iTunes course manager (creating an apple ID if necessary)
  2. Create your initial instructor profile
  3. After you save your profile, you'll see your dashboard.
  4. To create a new course, click Create New Course and complete the form provided.
  5. You will need a course cover graphic.  Please contact the Digital and Creative Media team to create this for you using the official branded template.
  6. Add and organise your course content
  7. When you are ready to share your private course you can use the Share Course button to share the course enrol code or shortcut link to your course with students and other users.

By default, all courses created in iTunes U Course Manager are private. To add a course to Imperial's public iTunes U channel and make it available internationally, you must submit a request to Digital and Creative Media

Find out how to request a course be made public.

Before a course can be added to the public iTunes U site, you will need to complete the OER toolkit which covers IPR, copyright, consent and quality assurance.

Best practice advice for public content.

In order for your content to be found and shared, carefully consider all descriptive text associated with your material:

  • Think carefully about your course title and descriptions - consider popular keywords and what individuals outside College might be searching for in order to find your content.
  • Bear in mind that individual items within courses are listed separately in the "Materials" section of iTunes, as well as together as a course.  Therefore, give comprehensive but concise descriptions of each individual item that makes up your course - and include the course name itself.
  • Search existing public iTunes U content to explore what competitors are publishing and how they are describing it.

Read Apple's best practice advice for publishing courses