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About iTunesU

Vanderbilt on iTunes U provides access to a wide range of Vanderbilt-related digital audio and video content via the iTunes Store, Apple’s popular online music, video and podcast service. The project includes two sites:

  • a public site open to all visitors that includes special lectures, news, commentary sports, music and more.
  • an access-restricted site for the Vanderbilt community that includes OAK-linked iTunes U sites for course-based materials for students enrolled in those courses.
  • Vanderbilt on iTunes U is sponsored by the Division of Public Affairs. For more information, please contact or

To learn more about Apple’s iTunes U program, please visit their website,


How much does Vanderbilt at iTunes U cost?

Nothing. It is free.

Is Vanderbilt on iTunes U part of the iTunes Music Store?

Yes! You may now access Vanderbilt on iTunes U directly from the iTunes Store. Many other Vanderbilt podcasts are also available in the iTunes Store outside of iTunes U. Search for "Vanderbilt" under the Podcast section to find this content.

What are podcasts?

Podcasts are files that can be downloaded for personal use online, largely using RSS feeds. You do not need an iPod to listen to or watch podcasts, just a computer. Vanderbilt has been podcasting since 2003 and has hundreds of files available on its news Web site,

Where in iTunes is the content I downloaded from Vanderbilt on iTunes U?

Currently, users may access Vanderbilt content in the custom iTunes U directory via direct download and progressive download previews. Content downloaded in this manner from Vanderbilt on iTunes U appears in a smart playlist called "Vanderbilt" in the playlists section of the iTunes application.

How do I learn more about podcasting and improving my course’s appearance in iTunes U?

Visit the Contribute page of this Web site – it contains helpful links and detailed information. We will continue to update this site with new information and encourage you to share with us what you learn as well.

I am interested in contributing content; whom should I contact?


How can I stay up-to-date with Vanderbilt on iTunes U news, events and training opportunities?

Subscribe to our mailing list by sending an e-mail to Put subscribe itunesu-group in the body of the e-mail.


Students and public users
For general questions about Vanderbilt on iTunes U, contact Melanie Moran, or call (615) 322-7970.

To add your class to iTunes U, contact Beth Fox, or call (615) 322-1816.

To get information and training about capturing audio and visual recordings of your lectures for iTunes U and to borrow recording equipment, contact Brian Smokler, or call (615) 343-0183.

Web administrators
To learn more about how iTunes U works with Blackboard and Vanderbilt’s secure log-in, contact Cindy Franco, or call (615) 343-5179. To download the Blackboard Building Block, visit our iTunes U Building Block Request Form

All iTunes U users
To stay up-to-date with iTunes U and podcasting news at Vanderbilt, subscribe to our mailing list. To subscribe, send an e-mail to and put subscribe itunesu-group in the body of the e-mail.


Vanderbilt on iTunes U works with OAK to allow faculty to easily add content and for students to download it. Any faculty member interested in posting information from their classes, or to supplement their lectures, can use iTunes U. Faculty have the option of making their content available only to their students or to the world at large.

Staff from the Division of Public Affairs are available to help get you set up in iTunes U, to loan equipment, consult on equipment you might want to purchase, and to provide basic training on capturing and uploading content to iTunes U. Don’t worry if you don’t think you are tech-savvy—the process is simple and you will be up and running in no time. Contact us, and read more about getting started in iTunes using Oak

Faculty should be aware that copyright rules apply to content posted on iTunes. In general, excerpts from compositions, books, poems, films, recordings, songs and more can be presented—presentation of an entire work requires the author’s permission. Please keep this in mind when posting content to iTunes U.

The university has prepared a release form for speakers to sign if they agree to have their lecture, performance or presentation made available on the Web. View the release form.

Learn how to improve your course’s presence on iTunes U.

Learn more about what hardware and software you will need to podcast.

View instructions for creating a simple podcast.

Get ideas and more detailed information about what you can do with iTunes U from Apple.