Podcasting is a method of distributing audio or video files, such as lectures, lessons, training, music etc... over the Internet.
A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to download or subscribe. Podcasters’ websites also may offer direct download of their files, but the subscription feed of automatically delivered new content is what distinguishes a podcast from a simple download or real-time streaming.
Usually, the podcast features one type of “show” with new episodes either sporadically or at planned intervals such as daily, weekly, etc. Additionally there are podcast networks that feature multiple shows on the same feed. For additional information about podcasting and ITunes U please visit our FAQ.
There are various methods by which podcasts can be created. Portable recording devices simplify the process and are available on loan from Instructional Technologies. Additional events and lectures can be recorded for podcasting. For more information about creating an publishing podcasts please visit our Podcast Creation Guide.
Villanova on iTunes U was released in October of 2006. This collaborative initiative between Villanova and Apple Computer, Inc. Villanova iTunes U is service that is accessed through Apple's popular iTunes interface. Users of iTunes U can subscribe to and download content directly to their iOS device, PC or MAC. For additional portability, Students, Faculty and Staff on the go may also sync their content to an iPod player or other portable MP3 device.