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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

screencasts for admissions

Kevin Owens from our Chemistry department has started to explore the application of brief screencasts using Camtasia for explaining department policy on issues like admission procedures.

I think that this is an exercise worthy of trying out. The key question is dissemination. Of course they could be linked to the Chem website but additional approaches might involve submitting to My Screencast.com. I have listed a few of my screencasts there and regularly get click-throughs.

Another option is to deliver the audio only as a podcast feed....

2 Comments:

  • Hi-
    Screencasting is great for this kind of content. Here's a suggestion about how to disseminate it so that users have the option to view the screencast or listen to the podcast: Use a single RSS feed containing both an enclosure pointing to the podcast file and an inline hyperlink to the screencast. There are a variety of ways to create and maintain a feed like this, but you might try something like a WordPress (v. 1.5 or higher) blog, which will a) detect an mp3 referenced in your blog post and make a fully-formed enclosure element out of it for WP's RSS 2.0 feed and b) create an encoded element in the same RSS 2.0 feed representing hyperlinks you've included in the post. I describe more about hybrid RSS approaches in a post on my blog.

    Take care-
    Dan

    By Anonymous Dan Karleen, at 10:47 PM  

  • Dan,
    Thanks for the link to your site - I have added it to my feeds and look forward to your posts. Concerning offering multiple channels, I have been doing screencasting, podcasting and linking to pdfs and Powerpoints all in the same feed for university level organic chemistry classes. Feedburner appears to pick the mp3 to create the enclosure selectively when other files are present. More info here

    By Blogger Jean-Claude Bradley, at 10:40 AM  

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