How-To Guides

Podcasts

Instructions

Record

Recording audio requires that you have a microphone hooked up to a computer and a suitable software application to process the data. Audacity (download, how-to) and Garageband (purchase, how-to) are two popular software choices for Windows and Mac OS X, respectively. Alternatively, you can use a digital voice recorder to capture your lecture and then transfer the audio to your computer. UWB students and faculty may checkout podcasting equipment at Information Technologies - Campus Media Center (Equipment Solutions).

Edit

For Windows users, you can use Audacity edit your podcast. To save your audio file in MP3 format to ensure maximum compatibility, you must download and install the LAME MP3 Encoder (download, tutorial). Mac users using GarageBand can export media files as MP3s through iTunes. Refer to the tutorials in the previous step for more information. If you have used a digital voice recorder from the Campus Media Center, you will need an application such as BeeThink MusicHandle that can convert WMAs to MP3s before your recording can be edited or published. SAVE

Publish

When the podcast is ready to go, you have to make it available on the internet. The easiest way is to upload the MP3 file to your Blackboard website, which will then become instantly available to students without the need to set up an RSS feed. You can also distribute podcasts through your UW website with direct links or an RSS feed. A third option is to find a web-based podcast hosting service like ClickCaster, PodBean, and iTunes U; however, be sure to read and understand the terms of service as they will explain the proper use, rights, and licensing of the website and its content.

Listen

Depending on the publishing method, students can download or listen to a podcast by clicking on a direct link, subscribing to an automatic feed, or visiting the website of the podcast hosting service.