iTunes U Public is a different service altogether from iTunes U Private. In fact, Apple phased out the ability to have a private instance of iTunes U (one that allowed you to upload content to be stored on Apple servers) years ago.
Can you define what you mean by public vs private, as it pertains to your particular situation? Then we can start answering questions. Sorry if this is confusing; there have been many changes recently.
We do have a private site and those that were made before a certain point before they discontinued remain. They did a snapshop migration several months ago. But there are content pieces that were not migrated before they opened us up in the searchable iTunes U store in the itunes software. Our itunes.apsu.edu site has content I need to migrate over still. Any idea why I do not get the move old collections option that it mentions in the guide?
The below in BOLD is what I am trying to do, but do not have an option to do. Is this something Apple must give me a role or permission to do? I am already and Administrator.. Thanks in advance!
To add content to your site you must create collections containing the course content, series information, or items you want to share with your users.
To add a collection:
- Click Collections at the top of iTunes U Public Site Manager.
- Click the Add button.
- Choose one of the following from the pop-up menu:iTunes U Public Site Manager adds the new collection to the collections manager page.
- Provider-Hosted Feed. Choose Provider-Hosted Feed to add a new collection from a feed URL hosted on your servers, type the feed URL, and then click Add. For example, http://www.example.com/rss/provider-hosted-collection.rss.
- Apple-Hosted Feed. Choose Apple-Hosted Feed, if available, to add and edit a new collection from a new RSS feed hosted on Apple's servers, click Add, and then use the feed editor to add channel and item details and upload content.
- Copy from Original iTunes U Site. Choose “Copy from Original iTunes U Site” to add a new collection by copying a group from your original iTunes U site, type the group URL, and then click Add. To copy a group from your original iTunes U site, navigate to the group, Control-click the group's tab, choose Copy Link, and then paste the link in the Group URL field.You must be an administrator to use "Copy from Original iTunes U Site". You cannot use "Copy from Original iTunes U Site" to add a feed course from your original iTunes U site.Once you publish your site, you can no longer use "Copy from Original iTunes U Site" to add a collection in iTunes U Public Site Manager.
If you add, remove, or hide a collection or update an iTunes U Public Site Manager page, you must publish your site for the changes to appear in iTunes U in the iTunes Store. Publishing changes can take up to 24 hours to appear in the iTunes Store.
You can copy content from your previous site to your iTunes U Public Site Manager site until you publish your iTunes U Public Site Manager site. Once you publish, the option to directly copy content from the old site to the new site is removed per the documentation. This is done so that our systems and reporting tools can now recognize that there are now distinct/separate sites.
The ability to store content on Apple servers was available to public and private sites. I don't think that that is a defining feature of a private site. A public site, as we at CUNY understand it, is a site where all content is freely available to the general public without requiring a specific log-on requirement controlled by a college or university, whether such content is stored on Apple servers or a college, university or cultural institution. A private site is one where content is not freely accessible to the general public, Such sites are typically linked to an institution's LMS (where the iTunes U course is linked to and accessed via an LMS course), or though some other identity management system controlled by the college,university or cultiural instituion. At least that is/was our understanding. However, at some point Apple no longer no longer provided storage on Apple's servers, although institutions that had previously signed agreements where such storage was provided, were grandfathered in and continue to enjoy this facility.to this day (May, 2012). iTunes U structures and development platforms appear to be in a state of flux. With the introduction of Public Content Manager, the development environment of public sites (which had been essentially the same as that for private sites) the development platforms of public and private iTunes U sites began to diverge. We have been led to believe that there are more changes afoot and that the Public Content Manager platform will at some point be the platform of choice for developing what had been considered private iTunes U sites. There is much that will be confusing to those of us who have learned to understand and who have become "comfortable" with the private site infrastructure, access methods and development platform. Indeed, there seems to be a notion that the current iTunes U state of flux makes room for 3 distinct site types, at least on an interim basis: private (old dev platform), private, (content manager platform) and prubli (Public Content Manager platform). Apple needs to ensure that current private site users fully understand how things will change and how existing access controls can be maintained for private iTunes U sites or content. Right now from what I see such information is not there yet.