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Blackboard: Podcasting Course Content For existing Blackboard users interested in adding audio or video content to a course. This content can be made available to students in a course only, or shared with the world through iTunes U.

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Blackboard: Podcasting Course Content

For existing Blackboard users interested in adding audio or video content to a course. This content can be made available to students in a course only, or shared with the world through iTunes U.

David Wicks | Assistant Professor | Director of Instructional Technology Services | Seattle Pacific University | [email protected]




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Podcasting

  • Short for “iPod broadcasting”

  • Audio/video files are posted on the internet

  • Students can subscribe to feed so files are automatically downloaded as they become available


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True or False? A podcast must be played back on an iPod.

False, It can be played back on an iPod or another MP3 player. Any computer with audio capabilities can play a podcast



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Podcatcher

Client software or player for podcasts

Used to download and aggregate podcasts

Synchronizes with iPod or MP3 player

Technology: RSS feed


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Basic Steps

  • Create

  • Edit

  • Publish


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Is podcasting easy?

  • Producing podcast may be easy if satisfied with “first take”

    • Tools


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Benefits

Unlimited replays

Instant guest lecturer

May be a way to increase in-class discussion

Creates a “theatre of the mind”

“Explaining Voice”

Campbell, G. (2005). There's something in the air: Podcasting in Education. EDUCAUSE Review , 33-46.


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Concerns

Intellectual Property

Open Source Content

Digital divide?

Increases skipping?


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Basic Steps

  • Create

  • Edit

  • Publish



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Editing a Podcast

  • Have ITS edit audio

  • Edit it yourself using QuickTime Pro or Audacity

  • Think about:

    • What should be included in a podcast?

    • Meta data


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Publishing a Podcast

  • Have ITS upload it to iTunes U for public viewing

  • Upload content to Blackboard course using Podcast LX

http://www.spu.edu/itunes/images/submit_course_lecture.pdf


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How to link to an existing iTunes U file

To create a URL to a specific FILE on iTunes U (to the actual .mp3), follow these directions:

  • Right-click on the TAB that contains the file in iTunes U

  • Click "Copy iTunes Store URL"

  • Paste the URL into internet explorer

    https://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/spu.edu.1170867139.01170867146

  • Change the word "Browse" in the URL to "Feed" and hit enter to go to the site

    https://deimos.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Feed/spu.edu.1170867139.01170867146

  • Find the link to the file you want, right-click on it, and click "copy shortcut“

    You now have a URL to the actual file independent of iTunes.



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Questions?

[email protected]

206.281.2170


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