Podcasting at GPC

podcasting iconOne great way to deliver lectures, instruction, and information is through a podcast.  Using is a great option if you will have a series of videos, audio podcasts, files, or other media that you want to deliver to your audience.
Podcasting is a way of delivering digital media files episodically through a subscription.  Once a user subscribes to a podcast channel, each podcast episode is delivered to iTunes and can then be played on an iPod, iPhone,  iPad, or other mobile devices.
If you are the podcast creator, you upload your files to a ‘channel’ on a podcasting server and create what is called a ‘feed.’  Each channel represents one feed.  This feed is a list of all of the files that you would like delivered to your audience on that channel.  For example, if you teach financial accounting and managerial accounting, you might want to have a different channel for each course.  That way all of the video, audio, and pdf resources are grouped and delivered to students by course.
Podcasting differs from a direct download from a web server or a accessing a streaming file from a streaming server.  In the case of a direct download or streaming of a file, you access each video file or other file type individually.  Your audience would have to go back to your website to see anything new.  In a podcast, a user subscribes to a podcast channel so that new videos and other files download to iTunes automatically.  With podcasting, media files can be audio-only, video, or pdf and ePub documents.

USG Podcast

The college provides access to the University System of Georgia's Podcast server for faculty and staff of the college to use. Your first step toward podcasting should be to obtain an account on the USG podcasting server.  To obtain an account, please go to: http://podcasting.gcsu.edu. Review this training document to learn more about podcasting in general, creating podcast files, and how to upload files to the USG Podcast Server. Consultation with an Instructional Technologist is strongly recommended.

GPC Rewind

GPC Rewind can also be used to podcast lectures.

iTunes U

Any podcast on the USG streaming server or GPC Rewind can also be shared to iTunes U.

When to use the USG Podcast Server, GPC Rewind, and iTunes U?

  Can podcast audio/video? Can podcast PDF files? Can podcast ePub files? Provides tools to create audio/video podcasts? Provides tools to edit audio/video podcasts? Tools to edit and create are available to full and part-time employees Can capture a live classroom recording and automatically upload?
USG Podcast and GPC Rewind Features Table
USG Podcast Yes Yes Yes Yes No; requires additional software on computer. Yes No
GPC Rewind Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
In summary, the USG Podcast Server is great for the delivery of video files, audio files, PDF files, and ePub files. While GPC Rewind is great for capturing live classroom lectures.  You may choose to use both services depending on what meets your needs best.  If you use both services you can have your podcasts aggregated in iTunes U so that you only have to direct your students to one place: itunes.gpc.edu to find all of your podcast-able content!

Special Podcasting Options

  • Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing, formerly known as Wimba Classroom,is an online meeting place available at GPC.  Meetings held in Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing can be recorded using the built-in archiving feature.  These archives can then be made available both within the Web Conferencing software or as an MP3 or MP4 download.  These files can be turned into podcasts by uploading to the USG Podcast server.
  • Wimba Voice Tools Suite is a suite of voice recording, voice discussion, and voice podcasting tools integrated into iCollege.  The voice podcast tool is a quick way for an instructor to create audio content for use in within iCollege without needing specialized software. 

Request Help with Podcasting

If you have any questions or concerns about using the USG Podcast server, GPC Rewind, or iTunesU, please contact your campus instructional technologist or submit a ServiceDesk Request.  Training materials and classes are available on podcasting.



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