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Coursecasts & Podcasts
What is Tegrity?
At its core, Tegrity is screen-capture/coursecasting software that can be used to create recordings of class lectures and presentations for viewing at a later date. It features a simple interface that is very easy to learn and use. In addition to web streaming, Tegrity also offers the instructor the ability to easily create audio and video podcasts, rss feeds and more.
What is Coursecasting?
Coursecasting enables classroom lectures to be recorded for viewing online by students at a later time. Faculty can record audio, video, and desktop screenshots (useful for PowerPoint presentations). Supplemental course material can be added by faculty after the classroom material has been recorded. All of this content is course-specific and is accessible through Blackboard and directly via the UMKC tegrity server.
What are Podcasts?
A podcast is a digital media file, or a series of such files, that allows content to be downloaded and distributed using RSS feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers.
A podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS.
Podcasts can be of three types:
- Audio Podcast: This is the most common type of podcast and consists of an audio recording of your lecture or presentation. Audio podcasts are typically delivered in MP3 format.
- Video Podcast: Some programs have the ability to deliver video alongside audio-only or enhanced podcasts. The video quality in these scenarios is dependent on the hardware and software involved. Video podcasts are typically delivered in MP4 or M4V format.
- Enhanced Podcast: An enhanced podcast is a format that allows images to be displayed in time with audio. This can be an effective way to present information such as lectures with PowerPoint. Enhanced podcasts are also able to present visual chapter index which makes it easy for the students to navigate between different parts of the lecture. This can be helpful for longer audio presentations and quick access to content. The images displayed in enhanced podcasts are only viewable on Apple devices.
In addition to streaming video, Tegrity supports all of the above podcast types.