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|Podcasting & iTunes U|
A podcast is a series of audio or video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated download, through Web feeds, to portable media players and personal computers. Though the same content may also be made available by direct download or streaming, a podcast is distinguished from other digital-media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added.
UA on iTunes U
The University of Akron has signed an agreement with Apple Inc. to make online content available through iTunes U. This service will allow UA students to easily subscribe to and download podcasts of audio and video content to their iPods and other supported portable devices or personal computers for listening or viewing anytime and anywhere.
UA faculty will be able to upload audio and enhanced podcasts and videos of lectures and other special materials for their courses. Another advantage is that each podcast can be divided into chapters so students can access a specific section without needing to listen to the whole class.
Anyone may access the public sections of UA on iTunes U to hear and view informative and entertainment programs produced by the University.
Instructional Services will administer the program through Design and Development Services.
DDS will consult with departments, schools and colleges to promote best practices in podcasting as well as provide information on the equipment needed to record and distribute podcasts. DDS staff also will assist UA faculty in learning to organize and record podcasts and upload them to Apple’s iTunes server for student access.
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