Blackboard is SMU's Learning Management System and currently is the only way for faculty to put course materials on iTunes U or for their students to access these materials.

Before you begin:

A video tutorial for these instructions and managing your course in iTunes U is also available here.

Using Blackboard to Upload Files to SMU on iTunes U

  1. Log in to Blackboard at
  2. Go to one of your courses. It does not have to be the course for which you are uploading files.
  3. In the left hand navigation bar, click SMU iTunes U.
    You will see a screen that says "One Moment Please. Connecting to iTunes U."
  4. After a short period of time, the iTunes application will launch.
    If it doesn't start, visit our FAQ page.
  5. Once iTunes has launched and you are seeing the SMU on iTunes U site, scroll down to "SCHOOLS & RESEARCH".
  6. Click on the name of your school and navigate to your course.
  7. Once in your course, click the "UPLOAD & MANAGE FILES" link in the right side controls.
    iTunes will launch your web browser.
  8. In you web browser, click "Add New File."
  9. Click the "Browse" or "Choose File" button that appears.
  10. Browse to the podcast/file you wish to upload and click "Choose" once you've selected the file.
    The file should begin to upload automatically.
  11. If you have more files to upload, repeat steps 9, 10, and 11 as needed.
  12. Once you have finished uploading files, click "Done."
    The web browser will refresh your course in iTunes U.

That's it.


iTunes U only accepts files for upload that are less than 1 gigabyte (If you are uploading any files over 500 megabytes, please contact Ian Aberle first). Audio files must be either AAC or MP3 with appropriate file extensions (.m4a, .mp3). To use specific 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). If you are using QuickTime to create and edit video content, export your videos by choosing Movie to iPod from the Export pop-up menu in QuickTime Pro. You can also upload Portable Document Format or electronic publication files with appropriate file extensions (.pdf, .epub).


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