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I know, I know... anywhere you want them to. We have some students podcasting now but they just started video casting which ate through the space we originally provided. So instead of just giving more space we wanted to investigate the option of leaving them on-campus or go for something off-campus.

I was curious as to the solutions some have gone through in solving this problem. We have briefly discussed iTunes U, but never put too much past that. Any insights that anyone could provide would be great.

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We tend to use podcastspot.com. Not sure if it works for your needs though since you pay by the upload for their service. So if you have a lot of podcasts being uploaded, it can be expensive. On the flip side, you don't have limits on how many times a podcast can be viewed or anything like that.

This is an item that we're working on tackling ourselves. More and more areas want to start podcasting here and our initial policy was that they had fund their own hosting. However, we're getting a lot of complaints so I'm not sure if that will stick or not.

Paul
Wordpress + podPress plugin maybe? Depends how complex a setup you need if that would work or not.
I work for a community college with a small budget for web technologies which forces us to be creative when trying to push web initaties. We were having problems with faculty posting enormous files to our web server and not having the space to meet their needs. As a free solution we are using iTunesUniversity. Apple has given us 500Gb of space to host our podcasts. This is our site: http://www.smccd.edu/itunesu/

It's been a great resource for faculty wanting to post their audio/video lectures. Athetics posts video clips for recruiters. Student services post video tours of facilities and services and we also host our video camtasia tutorials that we use for faculty/staff Moodle training. It's also a valuable tool because students can subscribe to content and have it automatically download to their computer and sync with their portal media players.

Downsides to itunesu:

1) Your students need to have itunes installed in order to access the podcast. For a majority of our students this does not seem to be a problem.

2) I have to manually create each account which can be time consuming. We will not create an account for a user until they have already created a podcast and are ready to upload.

3) We do not have anyone policing the posted content so we may have hour long, uncompressed videos that are several GBs, videos without subtitles, videos with copywritten materials, etc...

Jaz
Here's the process I'm ringing out. Free. Open.

Use SpinXpress to upload files to the Internet Archive (and metadata to OurMedia). Free.

Create a WordPress item for the podcast, link to the hosted mp3. Add categories.

The WordPress category feed is automatically a podcast.

Set up FeedBurner to create a podcast feed which can be used in iTunes.
What about another free service - YouTube? The videos must be a little shorter (I think the limit is 10 minutes) but the interface is already set up for you. As a bonus, if you have a Google account (such as Gmail), you can use this to log in to YouTube. The "Vlog" feature allows you to create a sort of podcast which can be distributed as a whole unit or piece-by-piece. It's very easy to work with and embed YouTube videos on the web.
My goal is to support simple publishing and findability. A podcast is just a blog entry with a media attachment. I want the media files to be findable in the same context as all other content.

So, in the scenario I mentioned above, the blog posting process is universal for all content. The only difference for audio or video is to find a good, permanent place for hosting that you can control. Our Media provides a single not-for-profit front end for audio and video.

YouTube is cool, too. My preference is for a robust, non-proprietary archive.

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