Voice Tools: Voice Podcaster Moodle ISU


Introduction

Blackboard Collaborate Voice Tools facilitate and promote vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment -- perfect for language learning, and creating vocal exercises in any subject.  

Blackboard Collaborate Podcaster simplifies the popular medium of podcasting with an easy-to-use recording interface, automatic feed creation, and 1-click subscription.  Blackboard Collaborate Podcaster allows teachers to author voice recordings and distribute the mp3 files via syndication feeds.  All .mp3 files are hosted on the Wimba Voice Tools server, which also automatically creates the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. Users can play messages directly within Moodle, download the audio from the feed, or subscribe using their preferred RSS reader such as iTunes. Only instructors can create Voice Podcasts, but students have the ability to add audio and text comments to a podcast. Comments posted by a student are only seen by that student and the instructor.

Note: The files created using Voice tools are considered User Data and therefore CANNOT be backed up and restored into a new course.  If you would like to create a file that can be used in multiple courses/semesters, please contact ITRC.

Note: Many mobile devices do not run Java and therefore the Voice Tools applications will not be accessible on those devices. If you are unsure if your device will run Java you may need to check with the device manufacturer.

This guide will help you to:

Guides for the other Voice Tools:

Student Guides for Voice Tools:

Add Podcaster

  1. Turn Editing On. For more information please see the Moodle ISU 2 Overview.
  2. Locate the week /topic where you want to add the podcast.
  3. Click on the Add an Activity or Resource link.  A box will appear showing you all activities and resources.
  4. Choose Voice Podcaster and Click Add.
  5. Type the name of the Voice Podcaster into the Activity Name text box.

  1. In the Associated Voice Podcaster dropdown menu, Choose a previously-created Voice Podcaster (if you have one) or New Voice Podcaster...  You will then be prompted to enter a title for the new Voice Podcaster.

  1. Restrict Access: This section sets the conditions under which students may interact with this activity. For more information on Conditional Release/Restricting Access, please see Conditional Release.
  2. When you have completed the necessary fields, Click either the Save and Return to Course button or the Save and Display button.

Creating a New Podcast

  1. Click on the Voice Podcaster activity you just created. A pop-up window will appear. Click Run to allow Collaborate to open. If this window does not appear you may need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. For instructions, please see Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers.
  2. To begin recording a new podcast, Click New in the top left corner of the pop-up window.

  1. A Compose pop-up window will appear. Type the name of this podcast in the Subject text box. 

  1. In the Voice Recorder box, Click on the Record button to begin recording your message.  Once you have started recording, the Pause ┃┃ and Stop buttons will illuminate.
  1. Pause ┃┃: Clicking this button will allow you to halt recording temporarily.  Clicking the Record button will allow you to add onto the existing file.
  2. Stop : Clicking this button will end the recording session.  You will not be able to add additional audio to the file once the Stop button has been clicked.  Clicking the Record button will prompt you to override the existing file.
  3. Click Play  to play back the recording.
  1. When you have finished recording your podcast, Click Post.

Adding Text to a Podcast

Adding text is optional, but may provide helpful information (such as instructions or an assessment question for students) and will provide accommodation for those with hearing disabilities. To enter text to accompany your recording, click and type in the large text box at the bottom of the Compose window.

Editing Podcasts

  1. To Edit a podcast:
  1. Click on the Podcast Activity on your main course page that you want to edit. You will be asked to ‘Run’ the application.
  2. Click on the podcast you wish to edit to select it.
  3. Click the Edit button. Note: you will be able to edit the text, but in order to edit the audio - you will need to override the existing recording.
  1. To Delete a message from your podcast:
  1. Click on the Podcast Activity on your main course page that you want to edit. You will be asked to ‘Run’ the application.
  2. Click on the podcast you wish to delete to select it.
  3. Click the Delete button.

Listening to Podcasts

There are three ways students can listen to Podcasts:

  1. From within Moodle with the following steps:
  1. Click on the Podcast Activity on the main course page. A Wimba Voice Podcaster pop-up will appear and you will be asked to Run’ the application. If this window does not appear you may need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. For instructions, please see Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers.
  2. Click on the Podcast you wish to play to select it.
  3. Click Play  .

  1. From within an RSS Feed:
  1. Click on the Podcast Activity on the main course page. A Wimba Voice Podcaster pop-up will appear and you will be asked to Run’ the application. If this window does not appear you may need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. For instructions, please see Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers.
  2. Click the RSS Feed button; a new window opens.

 

  1. Copy/paste the URL that appears in the address bar into your preferred podcast reader application.
  2. Once a user subscribes, his or her podcast reader application automatically downloads new messages created within a Voice Podcaster instance.  This content can then be synced to an iPod (or other portable device), if this has been set up within the podcast reader software.
  1. By downloading and saving the .mp3 file to be listened to in another type of player such as a Windows Media Player.
  1. Click on the Podcast Activity on the main course page. A Wimba Voice Podcaster pop-up will appear and you will be asked to Run’ the application. If this window does not appear you may need to disable the pop-up blocker in your browser. For instructions, please see Voice Tools: Browser Pop-up Blockers.
  2. Click the RSS Feed button; a new window opens.  
  3. Click on the audio file and when the window opens, choose Save File.

Note: the Subscribe option does not currently function.


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