A podcast/videocast (sometimes also called a netcast) is a music, talk, or video program that is recorded and then offered for download over the Internet. Many podcasts allow listeners to subscribe via RSS, which allows their computer or portable device to automatically download the program each time a new one becomes available.
It’s also possible to subscribe to Videocasts if you have an account on the site from which they are streamed (e.g. YouTube.com).
Application to All Courses
Podcasts and videocasts can be used in a variety of ways to supplement face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses, and are appropriate for any size class. Some possible applications follow:
- Audio or video lectures can supplement or replace traditional slide presentations or notes.
- Students could be asked to subscribe via RSS or YouTube so that they will receive new podcasts or videocasts as soon as they become available.
- Small file size (if using audio) is ideal for students who may be in a remote location that has limited connection speed (e.g. students in other countries, enrolled in a MOOC).
- Students could be required to subscribe to an existing podcast or videocast as part of their listening/viewing requirements for the course.
- UF Health in a Heartbeat podcast
- UF Animal Airwaves podcast
- Serial: A very popular podcast from the creators of This American Life
- Record the audio for your podcast with a program such as Audacity.
- Save the audio file that you have recorded in an MP3 format.
- Create the RSS podcast feed using an RSS software program or by writing the code in a web authoring program such as Dreamweaver.
- Put your RSS podcast feed on the Internet.
- Provide students a link to your podcast.
- For more detailed information on how to podcast visit the following tutorial: How to Podcast: A free online tutorial on how to begin podcasting.
- How to start your own podcast: This WikiHow article also outlines how to podcast, and includes some helpful tips on how to choose, prepare, and deliver your content.
- iTunesU at UF: Find out about getting an iTunesU account for your teaching materials.
- Camtasia Relay Software at UF: Find out about getting a Camtasia Relay account for your teaching materials.
- Podcasting Tools: A series of tutorials and resources for podcasting.
- Wikipedia – Podcast: Detailed definition and examples of Podcasts.
- How to Download and Listen to Podcasts on Android or iOS
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Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.