One great way to deliver lectures, instruction, and information is through a podcast. Using the podcast server is a great option if you will have a
series of video, audio, PDF, and/or epub files that you want to deliver to your audience.
Podcasting is a way of delivering digital media files
episodically through a subscription. 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, students access each video file or other file type individually. Students have to go back to the website or iCollege course to see if any new content has been uploaded. When content is uploaded to the podcast server, students subscribe to a podcast channel. 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 any other mobile device that supports the use of iTunes.
Typically, faculty who upload content to the podcast server will create a podcast channel for each course he or she teaches. Each channel represents one feed. This feed is a list of all of the files that will be delivered to the students on that channel. That way all of the video, audio, and pdf resources are grouped and delivered to students by course.
A guide for accessing content on the podcasting server is located on the Training Handouts