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Lessons learnt from podcasting

Posted by msoosay on April 9, 2008

The process of podcasting had yielded some interesting lessons to be learnt.  Firstly, most events can be made into interesting content for podcasting!  If this is the case, make sure that you have a video camera handy at all times.  The easiest way to go about this is to use a portable device such as your digital camera to video or snap images.  Make sure that you take your digital camera with you at all times as you’ll never know when it might come in handy!  Let’s say you’re attending an interesting session or taking a tutorial.  Do ask permission from the audience and presenter(s) if you can record them presenting or participating.  Similarly, you can get hold of free images via creative commons or free music by googling “podsave music”.  Always check to make sure that you have permissions to use an asset that you’ve not created. When all is cleared, go ahead and record any event that might be of interest.


Secondly, categorise all your assets and keep it safe.  Thirdly, think of the script that can bind the assets together, keeping in mind who the audience to the podcast might be.  Scripts require a bit of time to conceive but well worth the time put into planning it.  Now you can decide whether to have an audio or video podcast.  Audio podcasts are much quicker to produce but are less engaging to the user.  Having a blend of media in your podcast ensures that users who are visual or auditory can engage and find use from the podcast.  A cross-platform open source software such as Audacity is useful for producing audio podcast.  Video (and audio) podcasts on the other hand can be easily produced using software such as Windows Movie Maker or Garageband (for Apple Macs) or free ones such as Juice.  So, what are you waiting for?  Start by recording your assets and have fun!



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Evaluation of Plone

Posted by Dawn on September 17, 2007

Learning objects are designed to be reused and shared. To facilitate this they need to be stored within an environment that enables users to store, search and access them. There are many repositories available offering a variety of services and formats. As part of our second iteration UIDM Stage 2 activities we have looked at an open source content management system called Plone. This system gives users or groups individual space as well as allowing them access to publicly published materials. This report examines some of Plone’s features in the context of providing a repository for learning objects that can be integrated with other applications.

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