Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

CTEL Podcasting

What is podcasting?  Podcasting is delivering both audio and video content to portable media players on demand, so that it can be listened to at the user's convenience.  Users have the ability to subscribe to channels that house audio or video content and have it sync to their device when new files are available.  Podcasts are typically in .mp3 or .mp4 format, therefore they can be played on nearly any computer as well.

The following are example tools you can use to create a podcast:

Audacity:  a free software download through Source Forge.  Audacity allows you to record simple .mp3 audio files which you could in turn share to a number of file sharing sites like iTunes or USM Media Server.   Audacity is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and other operating systems.

Podcast Publisher:  this free software utility is available to ONLY Mac users on OS X Lion or higher.  This tool can be used to create video podcasts or record audio over screen capturing.

ProfCast:  allows you to record your presentation as you give it, using either Apple's Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint! ProfCast also helps you publish your recorded presentation as an enhanced podcast, complete with RSS.  The end product can be a slide show with chapter markers and audio.  ProfCast is available for both Windows and Mac, but comes with a license fee of $60 after a 15 day trial period.


If you are looking for an excellent resource on podcasting, check out the PoducateMe website!