Posts Tagged ‘Podcasts’


BCC faculty present at AAEELB & SLOAN-C

April 2nd, 2011

Check out the presentations of Dr. Culkin and Dr. Guarnieri on how to successfully integrate the use of the eporfolio with podcasting at the AAAEEBL Northeast US ePortfolio Conference, but also the presentation by Howard Wach, Stephen Powers and Giulia Guarnieri at the Sloan C Conference which discusses online course development at Bronx Community College.

What is a podcast?

December 15th, 2010

 A Podcast is an audio or video file (also called vodcast) that is recorded by using a computer program or a digital recorder.  The word podcast comes from the combination of “iPod” and “broadcast”. You can distribute your podcasts by using an RSS feed and your students or listeners can directly receive the information instead of searching for it. The biggest advantage of a podcast is that it is accessible at any time, any place. The most common file extensions for an audio podcast file are WAV,MP3, M4a, the most common extensions for a video file are .MP4, .M4V, .MOV,. AVI, .WMV.

What is a screencast ? “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. Although the term screencast dates from 2004, products such as Lotus ScreenCam were used as early as 1994 (…). From Wikipedia

Timeshifting is a word that is often associated with podcasting. When you time-shift digital media, it means that you can listen to the content on your own time and with maximum flexibility, just like TiVo has recently done for television.

These are some of the most common definitions of a podcast

This video created by provides a very effective visual explanation of a podcast


 How do you make a podcast ?

These are the tools you need to make a podcast: the web, a microphone, a software program, and a digital player.


How do you get a podcast ?

You can get a podcast by going online and subscribing to the thousands of sites (blogs, podcast servers) that allow the RSS feed option. Subscribing to a podcast is very similar to subscribing to a blog or news channel. For example, there are  many directory of podcasts, such as the itunes directory in which you can find all sorts of interesting topics worth a subscription.

Another news feed reader, RSSOwl is an application that allows you to organize your podcasts downloads with more flexibility.

Who can make a podcast ?

Anyone can record, edit and upload podcasts in one of the many free podcast servers available on the web. If you feel you want to share your ideas about cinema or your recipes, or class notes, you can easily set up an account to a free podcast server. 


© G. Guarnieri

Podcasting Program

November 15th, 2010

Welcome to the Podcasting Program (We moved here !)             

Here you will find resources for faculty and staff interested in creating screencasts, audio and video podcasts for educational purposes. In addition, you will find  information on how to create podcasts, what programs to use, and examples on how to use it effectively in the classroom.

Throughout the year, OIT organizes two types of workshops: workshops concerning the technical aspects of podcasting, which offer hands-on learning on how to make audio and video podcasting; and workshops that focus on providing pedagogical support for podcasting integration into the online environment. 

For information regarding podcasting workshops please contact Albert Robinson, Instructional Technology Coordinator, email:

For information regarding the pedagogy of podcasting please contact: Giulia Guarnieri, Podcasting Program, email:

You can find a complete list of all the workshops offered by the Office of Instructional Technology’s (OIT) by looking at the workshop calendar

The OIT currently promotes and supports: Instructor created podcasts and student created podcasts.

 For educational purposes a podcast is best used for:  Tutor a student, summarize a lesson, practice pronunciation & diction, evaluate music/art exam, create “additional listening”, offer support for disabled students, make oral bullet points, set up RSS Feed, assessment

Podcasting benefits for students: easy accessibility: 24/7, information is received  by subscribing to an RSS feed, self-evaluation of work, shortens the study time, increased interaction with teacher, supplement to class notes.






© G. Guarnieri

Video: Pedagogy of Podcasts

November 9th, 2010

I’ve been working on a video presentation using Prezi that discusses some pedagogical considerations related to using podcasting in the classroom. Below is a draft of the video, that is just under 10 minutes long.

The video address the following topics:

  • Different uses of podcasts: from instructor-based to student-generated
  • Questions to ask in developing a podcasting assignment
  • Suggestions on how to scaffold podcasting assignments
  • Next steps for experienced instructors

As always this is a work in progress and I’d greatly appreciate any feedback!

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