Podcasting is an easy way to deliver a series of audio files in such a way that people can subscribe and have all current and future 'episodes' downloaded automatically to their computer or media player.
Podcasting in Moodle
There are two possibilities for podcasting using Moodle:
- Starting from Moodle 1.6, simply use the discussion forums tool! If you create a discussion forum and activate RSS feeds for the forum, you can simply post messages with media files as attachments. These will be delivered as podcasts in the RSS feed.
- Use the optional Ipodcast module which creates a specific podcasting activity type in Moodle. The advantage of this method is that it includes extra metadata designed to work well with Apple's iTunes software (such as keywords and category labels).
Podcasting about Moodle
You may also like to know that a podcast about Moodle is in preparation, tentatively called "mCast".
Software for receiving podcasts
Apple's iTunes is currently one of the more popular pieces of software for subscribing to podcasts, but there are many others including Juice (previously known as iPodder) which is open-source and cross-platform.