"Blackboard Briefing" Podcast

“Blackboard Briefing” Podcast

The Blackboard team produced a weekly podcast throughout August 2006 with news, interviews, and features about Blackboard and the upgrade to version 7. In total four podcasts were produced. This is the end of the current series of Blackboard Briefing Podcasts. If you have any feedback you wish to send, or if you feel we should produce more Blackboard podcasts in the future let us know by contacting ServiceLine.

Blackboard Briefing #1 (August 7 2006)
MP3 format – 13 Megabytes – 19 minutes 03 seconds

This week’s podcast features:

  • News about the upgrade
  • Interview with Bob Price (ISS)
    Bob Price (ISS)
  • Interview with Richard Humphrey (Education)
    Richard Humphrey (Education)
  • Discussion of “Adaptive Release”, a new feature in Blackboard 7.1

Blackboard Briefing #2 (August 14 2006)
MP3 format – 12.6 Megabytes – 18 minutes 06 seconds

This week’s podcast features:

  • News about the upgrade
  • Feedback from the previous podcast
  • Interview with Richard Webber (ISS)
    Richard Webber (ISS)
  • Interview with Keith Jones (Education)
    Keith Jones (Education)
  • Discussion of “Internationalisation”, a new feature in Blackboard 7.1

Blackboard Briefing #3 (August 21 2006)
MP3 format – 16.3 Megabytes – 24 minutes 02 seconds

This week’s podcast features:

  • News about the upgrade
  • Feedback from the previous podcast
  • Interview with Sally Bennett (ISS)
    Sally Bennett (ISS)
  • Interview with Debbie Goodwin (Psychology)
    Debbie Goodwin (Psychology)
  • Discussion of new assessment features in Blackboard 7.1

Blackboard Briefing #4 (August 29 2006)
MP3 format – 9.9 Megabytes – 14 minutes 11 seconds

This week’s podcast features:

  • News about the upgrade
  • Interview with Fiona Grindey (Student Services)
    Fiona Grindey (Student Services)
  • Interview with Gary Farrell (ISVR)
    Gary Farrell (ISVR)

Subscribe to Blackboard Briefing

You can use a Podcast Aggregator or RSS News Aggregator or some web browsers.

To subscribe to the podcast using I-Tunes follow these steps

  1. In I-Tunes, click on Podcasts.
  2. Click on the Advanced Menu and select Subscribe to Podcast.
  3. Enter the URL http://www.soton.ac.uk/blackboard/itunes.xml
  4. Click on OK.

It can also be added as a channel in the SUSSED portal:

  1. Click Content / Layout at the top of your Sussed page.
  2. Select the area you want the RSS channel to appear, and click on Add Channel.
  3. For section 1 (Select a category:), choose Applications, and click Go.
  4. For section 2 (Select a channel:), choose Custom RSS Channel, and click on Add Channel.
  5. For the RSS URL, copy and paste the URL http://www.soton.ac.uk/blackboard/podcast.xml
  6. Leave the RSS Version as 0.9x (RSS Format), and click Finished.
  7. At the top of your page, click Back to My..Home Tab.
  8. Your custom RSS channel showing the Blackboard Podcast should now be visible

Downloading and Playing the Podcast

You can play the podcast using any MP3 playing software (e.g. Windows Media Player, Winamp, Quicktime etc) on your computer, or transfer the file to your MP3 player. To download the podcast to your computer right click on the Blackboard Briefing link above and choose Save Target As…

Save Target As

You may play the podcast on your computer by double clicking on the file. To transfer the podcast to your MP3 player refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

About Podcasting

We have had a number of queries from academics around the University about podcasts. Through producing our own podcast, using free software and standard equipment, we hoped to find out the issues involved, best practice, and ultimately produce documentation on how users around the University can produce their own podcasts.

This documentation has now been produced