A podcast is an audio or video file distributed over the Internet as a downloadable MP3. Podcasts are usually created as a series of episodes around a common theme, with new episodes published on a regular basis. When podcast creators post their files, they include a link to an RSS feed. Users can then subscribe to a podcast series by adding the RSS feed link to an online feed reader or aggregator. The feed reader then checks the feeds regularly for new episodes which it downloads either to the user's computer, or in some cases, directly to a user's mp3 player.
To learn more about podcasting, check out these resources:
Includes history, mechanics and resources
UO Podcasting Resources
UO Teaching Effectiveness Program Podcasting Overview
Excellent handout (pdf) and presentation (pdf) on podcasting including suggestions for using podcasting in the classroom and a bibliography of podcasting resources.
Media Services Overview of Podcasting
Nice general overview on listening to and creating podcasts including links to UO podcasts.
Creating Enhanced Podcasts - Jane Ritter, Computer and Information Science
Jane Ritter, Senior Instructor in the UO CIS department has developed some nice tutorials on creating podcasts with photos and music (also called enhanced podcasts)
UO Libraries Guide on Podcasts and other Web 2.0 Technologies
Guide on how to find, subscribe to, listen to and make a podcast. Includes glossary and resources for other Web 2.0 technologies.
Podcasting in Higher Education
Educause Learning Initiative's "7 Things You Should Know About Podcasting" (pdf)
Covers what it is, who is using it, how it works, what are the issues and how it can be used for teaching and learning. This is part of an excellent "7 Things You Should Know About" series covering new instructional technologies.
Teaching with Technology White Paper: Podcasting (pdf)
Excellent white paper produced by Ashley Deal of Carnegie Mellon University. Covers podcasting for lecture distribution and review, supplemental materials and student assignments.
Offers resources for the use of podcasting in education including an extensive podcasting guide to assist educators in exploring ways in which this technology can be used in the classroom.
iPod use & Podcasting in Higher Education: A Bibliography
Bibliography of guides, articles, presentations and tools for people specifically interested in podcasting in higher education.
CNET's Create your own podcast
Step-by-step instructions on how to create a podcast including tools, planning, publishing and testing.
Creating an audio Podcast with Apple's Garageband
Apple tutorial on how to use their iLife Garageband to create audio podcasts.