Podcasting allows you to create audio and video files that can be uploaded to the Internet for students and colleagues to download onto their desktops, laptops, or iPod or other portable MP3 player. SPC maintains a portal, iTunesU, for SPC-developed podcasts.
Podcasting is an Internet technology that educators can use to provide students with course materials they can use anytime, anyplace, even when they are not connected to a computer. You can use podcasting to deliver course content in audio, video, and/or graphic formats.
The term podcast implies the ability to deliver programs like other broadcast media but it has some significant differences and advantages:
- Students can download podcasted programs to view wherever they go, whenever they like.
- New episodes of a podcast are automatically downloaded when students "subscribe."
- Instructors can limit the audience to students in their course.
- Instructors can produce and publish their own podcasts.
St. Petersburg College's Web & Instructional Technology (WITS) Department has developed training via ANGEL for iTunes U and Podcasting. The course focuses on Research/Best Practices and the Planning of podcasts. It also includes a number of resources that instructors could use. For more information contact your Campus Instructional Technologist.
SPC iTunes U is an online portal from which students and others can listen to audio (podcasts) and view video segments (vodcasts). Podcasts can be instructional or promotional in nature.
Visitors to SPC iTunes U can download (i.e., copy) podcasts and listen to them on their computers using free Apple iTunes software. They can also copy these to portable players such as an iPod for on-the-go listening.
Access to SPC podcasts is moderated by logging in at: www.SPCollege.edu/iTunesU and each section has limited access:
- Welcome to St. Petersburg College – Available to everyone, including those who enter as a guest
- SPC Departments – Available only to SPC employees, including instructors
- Courses – Accessibility to each course’s podcasts is limited to instructors who are assigned to teach that course and students who are registered for that specific course
Access to podcasts can also originate from the student’s ANGEL course via a link in the course content.
(from the Web and Instructional Technology Blog)