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Create a Podcast

Audio for an online course can be delievered in two ways: a podcast or stand-alone audio.

Podcasts

According to Wikipedia, “Podcasting is a method of publishing files to the internet, often allowing users to subscribe to a feed [source] and receive new files automatically.” [read the Wikipedia definition]

At UIS, Information Technology Services manages iTunes U as a vehicle for faculty to publish and deliver podcasts. Please see The Podcasting Resource at UIS for more information.

To accomplish a podcast without using iTunes U, you can include an audio file as an enclosure in a blog post. See Burks Oakley’s CSC 442B blog at http://csc442b.blogspot.com/ for an example. If you would like to set up your own podcast blog, please contact COLRS.

Stand-Alone Audio

Stand-alone audio is audio linked directly from the streaming server to your Blackboard course. This type of audio content can be delivered as a link to a file or as an embedded player.

  1. Record your audio file.
    A free and easy-to-use tool for sound editing is Audacity. For instructions on recording an audio file with Audacity, see
    Create a Podcast from ITS.
  2. Place the file on the Web.
    Once you have recorded your audio, you need to place the file on a website outside of Blackboard for students to access, such as your eDocs “WWW” folder (see Learn More About eDocs for help) or the UIS Streaming server (contact COLRS for help). Audio files are too large to be uploaded to Blackboard.
  3. Link to the File.
    Insert an external link to the audio file in Blackboard.OR
  4. Embed the File.
    A free and easy-to use Flash player can be embedded in your Blackboard site for your students to use to play the audio.

    • Go to Blackboard.
    • Add an item in the location you would like the audio player to appear.
    • In the text box editor, click on the View HTML button (“<>”).
    • Copy and paste the contents of this text file.
    • Change this web address to the location of your file.
      http://edocs.uis.edu/otel/www/audiosample.mp3
      The web address should be surrounded by an = and a ”
      The end result should be
      =http://yoururl.com/file.mp3
    • Click Submit. You should now see the player below.