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Significance of Podcasting

Podcasting is a simple technology that is achieved with an RSS file which uses an enclosure which adds audio, video, or still images to your feed. The addition of audio and video as well as images to your web communications greatly improves the potential effectiveness of your communication.

There are several ways of implementing a podcast and many uses for existing podcasts. We will focus on several skills related to podcasting in our Fundamentals of IMD class:

  1. Creating an original podcast using a simple microphone and Audacity software which is available for the Macintosh and Windows platforms as well as a portable app version that can be used from a pen drive. It is important to know how to create your own files simply because it opens the door to a lot of potential uses you may want to experience from creating a radio program or station using the internet for distribution, creating client content for specific projects, or just adding a special touch with having audio on your weblog.
  2. Use of web-based applications that are designed to create podcasts online and make them available for you through their site. All you have to do is link to the newly created files and your podcast is complete.
  3. Use a web-based services that create audio files of your weblog text.
  4. Learn how locate podcasts of interest to your personal learning goals

Podcasts are handy when you have an mp3 player as they allow you to listen to important or useful information when you have time to listen, such as during workouts, riding in a car, or any situation that leaves you free to do other things and yet have an audio input. Podcasts topics are available for practically any topic you are interested in, and there are many sources available similar to the blogging environment.

If you are new to podcasts and videocasts, I urge you to discover this fascinating world of online audio and video and make use of it for your unique purposes.

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