Campus Pack Podcast

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A Podcast is an audio and also can be video media files. Podcast episodes can be viewed as an audio blog where all users enrolled on the Blackboard can create episodes and upload them.

A podcast workspace can be deployed for the whole course, groups and individuals in the ways described for campus pack blogs and wikis.

You can add media, by recording your audio using the audio recorder in campus pack. You can also choose to upload media or link to media.

Group or individual podcast feeds when opened by students look and act in the same as course podcast feeds. The main difference is that the pages for an individual podacst will only be viewed for the students individually and group pages with a podcast will be viewed by those in the group.

Note: Students can add comments in campus pack to any episode added.


Create Campus Pack Podcast

1. With edit mode in your Blackboard course, locate the area (for example under a course menu item or folder in your course).

2. Select 'Campus Pack Content' from the 'Tools' button.

3. Locate and select Podcast


4. Enter the details for the Podcast

newpodcastdetailscpEnter a Title, Description,

Deployment – Single Copy – a podcast series for the whole class select; One per group; One per person – private individual podcast (only between you and each student). Note that if setting this up for groups that the groups need to be already set up in Blakboard if not already done so. Once these group are set up then you can select/de-select groups as appropriate.

Create Grade Book Entry – Podcast episodes can be set up as graded assignments and assessed from within Campus Pack. The grades will appear in the gradebook in Blackboard. Select this checkbox if this is desired.

Entry Name – Enter a entry name that will be the link to enter the podcast.

Points Possible – Enter the points possible

Display Grades to students – If you want the grades to be displayed to students select this checkbox

Select the Add button



You can now begin to add podcasts, note that you may want to set some configurations for the Podcast, which can be accessed by selecting the 'Settings' button to the far right. Find out more about Settings.




newepisodepodacstYou can add an episode by selecting the 'New Episode' button.

Select the appropriate option to add your media.

If you wish to record media, you need to ensure that you have the accessories to record, a basic set of headphones with a microphone will allow you to record audio. Or you may use some other device that allows you to pre-record and then upload. Depending on the internet browser you are using you may be prompted to set some options if you choose to record media. Campus Pack podcast requires Java, and you may be prompted for this. Other browsers may prompt you to allow for Flash. You will also be prompted to use your ('share)' your headset. Ensure you allow for this to record your audio. If you have a campus pack podcast set up where you are allowing your students to record too,  they too will need to have the accessories to record. Note that you can record your media using another device and choose to Upload if you don't want to use the in built 'Record Media'. You also have the option to link to external media.

Media, audio and video (mp4 and m4v) recorded offline can be uploaded to a podcast feed. The text editor is a good place to upload any additional files that go alongside the audio like transcripts, slideshows, supplemental information or instructions.

For accessibilty you may want to supply a transcript of the audio. It is also possible to set when you want this podcast to be available for.

Select 'Save and Exit' to finalise and add your podcast episode.

A list of all podcasts added can be accessed from the 'Episodes' button at the top left.

Student will have the same 'Create Episode' screen to record/upload their podcasts.



Settings Options

There are several tasks you can do within your podcast, (these are the same for a blog and wiki).

Subscribe: Subscribe to the podcast and receive email alerts of latest activity.

Export: You can choose to export a podcast

Settings: Changing the look and feel of the podcast including choosing a banner.

Permissions: Set and adjust permissions to the podcast., students can view any other settings or set the widgets further below.

In the student view, they get the option to Subscribe the Export the Podcast

NOTE 1: We advise that you don’t add ‘Everyone in the world’ as viewers to your campus pack

NOTE 2 Campus Pack also offers an Invite by email feature to send a secure invitation to a user outside your institution. If you do make available a ‘site’ viewable to someone outside the institution it is essential that you read the following guides ' DMU User Guidelines for the use of technologies in learning and teaching' to protect your own, the institutions and notify the rights of others who have contributed to and participate in the campus pack site (i.e wiki blog etc).


Widgets are items that you can add to your podcast to allow for more interaction, to see which widgets are available to use, select the 'Available' tab, a list of all the widgets will be displayed and be added by selecting the 'Add' button :

Viewer Comments Everyone who can access the content item can comment.

Owner Discussion– Owners can take private notes (visible only to other Owners). So tutors with instructor status could have a private discussion on a blog post etc which the student can’t view

Viewer Feedback – Viewers can leave private feedback for Authors (and Owners) to read. Viewers can not see feedback left by others.

Author Discussion – Only Authors can comment. Use this to have a collaborative discussion within the group of Authors.

Tags – Authors can read and apply tags and Viewers can read them.

Author Tags – Only Authors can read and apply tags.

Categories -Authors can read and apply categories and Viewers can read them.

Author Categories – Only Authors can read and apply categories.

Voting – Viewers can vote on content and view the vote count.

Ratings – Viewers can rate content and view the aggregate rating.


Assessment – Assess student contribution.

In podcasts activity summary statistics include Total Entries, Total Views, and Total Comments along with a grid of individual student information. This page will list overall statistics for the journal and list all the users that have contributed. In short, to grade a specific student, highlight their name from the list and click on the 'Evaluate Participant' option.  If you are using the Grade utility you can grade and send feedback to the student.


Site owners can manage site attachments through the Attachments link. The initial view will allow you to view all the attachments that have been upload to blog posts. As a instructor there is also the option to ‘view all attachments in this course’. This will list all campus pack sites (blogs,wikis, podcasts etc) in the BB course.


Site owners can recycle sites for reuse. Once content is recycled, it may be permanently removed. Exporting a site to maintain an offline backup is recommended. The recycle option may not be available on a system if the institution has policies for managing content.




Deleting Campus Pack Podcast

To delete a campus pack podcast it is essential that you make these ‘sites’ unavailable in the Blackboard module (and then delete if necessary). This ensures that if a student has a ‘Campus Pack Personal Learning Space’ set up then these sites will not be available to access. If these sites are deleted without setting these to 'unavailable' they will appear in a students PLS if they are set up and can cause confusion in PLS by having ‘redundant sites’.


To deleting and make unavailable 'one per student' podcast and 'groups' podcast, do the following:

1. Locate the podcast in your Blackboard course and with Edit Mode on, against the item right click on the drop down chevron and select 'Edit' from the pop-up menu.

2. Make the podcast unavailable by selecting the 'Make site unavailable' link. The site will now be unavailable for students to access.


Deleting course podcast

For a campus pack course podcast

1. Locate the podcast in your Blackboard course and with Edit Mode on, against the item right click on the drop down chevron and select 'Edit' from the pop-up menu.

2. Select Settings (top)

3. Uncheck the checkbox that states ‘Make Available’

4. Click Save


Doing the above allows you to make you site available at a later stage, therefore it’s not been deleted.

If you wish to further delete, after making the site unavailable, locate the podcast in Blackboard, right click the chevron and then select ‘Delete’

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