RemoteProfessor iTunesU Courses


Welcome to the University of Maine New Media Department’s Remote iTunesU courses. These are hybrid forms of traditional online classes. Students will be present in the classroom at all times but will engage the professor both online and live. Students will also be able to review lectures and project examples online through iTunesU. Students taking the course must be self motivated in order to keep up with work and set their own schedule to:

  1. watch podcast lectures

  2. keep up with directed readings and web explorations

  3. attend virtual artist studio visits or watch them podcast

  4. do all assignments and upload them on-time

  5. participate in at least two virtual critiques

  6. post required comments to course blog

General Structure for all Remote iTunesU Courses:

  1. Part of the syllabus for the course will be online and “live” with changing content, examples of student work and other important materials.

  2. Lectures will be recorded and available on iTunesU within three days after they are presented.

• Although content changes, class lectures have been recorded from previous semesters and are available at iTunesU as they will provide additional information and background.

Click links to go to a course

Introduction to elements, principles, and theories of visual design, in traditional and electronic media; processes, methods and technologies relative to the creative use of the computer as a creative tool for the development of both artistic and professional images.

NMD  104 iTunesU Podcasts

An introductory course to time-based art in a working studio environment. Students should have completed NMD 104, 2D Design and or Drawing (all three are strongly recommended). The class moves from basic principles of 2D Design to Animation, Motion Graphics and other principles of Time-Based Art.

NMD  204 iTunesU Podcasts

This  course is designed as a hands-on environment in time-based art. It is an intense project based studio. It will be presented as an online iTunesU course where students can interact with the professor online and view all course materials asynchronously.

NMD  304 iTunesU Podcasts

This course looks at time-based art from past to present. Students will be introduced to artists online for live interaction and question and answer. There will be several focused time-art projects during the semester.

NMD 430 iTunesU Podcasts


New Media Remote iTunesU Courses

General Structure for all Remote iTunesU Courses (CONTINUED):

• For each course there may be virtual artist studio visits. In most cases they will be live and happen during your regular class time. You must attend and participate in a question and answer session with the artist. All studio visits will be recorded so that you can watch them again later via podcast.

  1. The critiques for each course may be live or held remotely online.

• Each course will have its own blog. You are required to post comments to the blog as instructed after each class meeting. Generally they are your comments on the days lectures, critiques, or readings.

  1. There will be a directed set of readings and web-explorations you will be asked to post comments on them on the course blog.

• It is expected that you take notes during class lectures, presentations and discussions. You are required to post your notes to the specified blog or FirstClass folder after each lecture.

• There will be one final research paper (two pages double spaced minimum) due by finals week based on directed readings, web-explorations your own research and your personal reflections on the course.

  1. An optimized copy of the work that you complete will be sent my public folder at my .MAC account (see “technical instructions” for how to post to .MAC)

Technical Instructions

• LECTURE RESPONSE AND BLOGGING: Each week you are required to either “attend” the virtual lecture either by showing up to the physical classroom where you can interact with other students, the professor and any invited guests. or you can wait till a few hours until the lecture is posted to the web and watch it asynchronously online or download it to you iPod or other PMP to view. you are required to post a  “response” to the lecture by midnight the following night. Your posts should be made to your appropriate NMD blog. The link will look something like this and will be found onthe syllabus page your class:

FORMAT FOR RESPONSES AND POSTS: You are responsible for full participation in the blogs as described above. Full participation translates as responding initially to the lecture by the prescribed time and at a minimum one follow-up response to someone else's post. I consider a response to be- well reasoned and with an informed, well supported opinion. Journalistic comments such as, “I agree with what Ellen says when she says …condition of the state of…," will not be considered as acceptable nor will such as, “I really like (or dislike) …” I am looking for considered responses.

You must also read everyone else's posts then choose at least one to respond too, again a considered response (see above).


1. Sign up for blogger (or if you have any gmail account, that will work)

  1. 2.Log-in and go to your appropriate NMD blog:

3. Each week I will post a new BLOG POST (i.e. "comment on this weeks lecture") and I want everyone to COMMENT on that specific thread (so at the end of the semester there is about 13 blogs with comments on each instead of 200 blog posts by students). This means you will not be able to AUTHOR posts, but rather comment on each specific lecture of the week. All you have to do is find the post then go to the bottom of it and find where it says X COMMENTS (images below, highlighted in pink) click it and you should come to a screen where it will say COMMENT HERE, then post your comment as prescribed above.

Posting Work

All completed video or audio work must be posted on time to my .MAC public folder (see instructions at the very bottom of this page) and placed in the proper folder for the course (example: in my public folder, in NMD 304, in the A1 3600 folder). Late work will not receive a grade.

I will be using iChat to do live AV chat. my AIM or iChat username is: DVDVIOT. It is highly recommended that you get a free AIM account, iChat or other compatible account (Yahoo, etc...).

Please check the live syllabus for the course or your email frequently for any and all course news and updates.

How Upload Files:

On a MAC: Go to the Meun Bar, then go to >“GO.” then go to >”iDisk,” then go to >”Other User’s Public Folder,” then type :raphaeldiluzio into the dial;go box, then go to the folder for the class then go to the correct assignment folder. The you drag and drop your file into the folder.

I strongly suggest that you take advantage of the campuses high-speed connection when uploading, downloading or viewing time-based work for this class online (lectures and artists visits to)

On a PC If you are using a PC then see:

Or read below (it is much more complex on a PC “sorry)

Using Windows: If you're using Windows Vista

Use iDisk on the web as explained above.

If you're using Windows XP: Use iDisk Utility for Windows XP to open someone's Public folder. If you are unable to connect to a password-protected Public folder with Internet Explorer 7, use iDisk on the web as explained above.

You can download the iDisk Utility for Windows XP by going to ( and clicking iDisk Utility on the left side.

If you're using Windows 2000

   1. Open My Computer, choose Map Network Drive from the Tools menu, then click "Web folder or FTP site."

   2. Enter the following as the location to add: (where membername is the other person's .Mac member name).

If you're using Windows 98

   1. Open My Computer, double-click the Web Folders icon, then double-click Add Web Folder.

   2. Enter the following as the location to add: (where membername is the other person's .Mac member name).

Optimizing Work

All video work for the course must be compressed as an H264 Quicktime file. You must keep a copy of the original video you made in a DVNSTC format at full size and resolution. Audio work must be AIFF or ACC 1100 khz stereo.

About Video Compression:

You are to compress all files for uploading to H264 and to keep an original copy in DVNTSC. The following is information about compression:

What is Video Compression?

Digital Video Copression Explained.

What is A Video Codec?

What is H,264?

Video Codec Chart