What is the Podcasts tool?

The Podcast tool allows instructors to distribute audio, video, and PowerPoint files to their students either manually or via a RSS feed. Students that subscribe to a site’s RSS Podcast feed can have the audio, video, or PowerPoint content automatically downloaded to a “podcatcher” application (such as iTunes) of their choice.

The Podcast tool is a convenient delivery mechanism for students to subscribe to a RSS feed and listen/view content on their Mobile devices.

Instructors can also edit the Podcast permissions to allow students to upload and manage podcast files.

To access this tool, select Podcasts from the Tool Menu in your site.

Select the Podcasts tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Note: If the Podcasts tool is not available on your site by default, you can add it to your site under Site Info > Manage Tools. The Podcasts tool requires that the Resources tool be enabled as well.

Example of a Site Podcasts Page

Items you may see on a Podcasts page include the following:

  1. The RSS feed address URL is what students can use to subscribe to site podcasts using this URL in their favorite "podcatcher" application such as iTunes.
  2. Published podcasts are listed on this page.
  3. Students can click the Download link to download a podcast file for listening and/or viewing.