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Podcasting in Canvas

Podcasting in Canvas

Canvas has robust tools for most of the podcasting features we have traditionally used in CampusPack. This post will describe the two ways our faculty have traditionally used CampusPack's Podcast tool, and how those functions can be accomplished using only Canvas. 

Method One: Sharing Multimedia Files

Many SMU faculty used CampusPack to share video and audio files in Blackboard because that was the only way we could do it in "the Old Blackboard Days". Canvas treats your multimedia the same way it treats any other file.  just post it in your Files area and you can easily share it with students anywhere in your Canvas course space---there are no file size limits! If you just used CampusPack podcasts to share media with students, you will find Canvas' Files screen will work great for that.

Method One: Sharing Multimedia Files

Method Two: A Podcast Discussion Feed (AKA "Real Podcasting")

Podcasting Features

  • Podcasts let you share multimedia files like video and audio
  • Podcasts have an RSS feed so students can subscribe to updates in iTunes or another RSS reader
  • Ability for students to comment back around individual podcast Episodes.

To learn more about podcasting, read Podcasting 101.

If you want to go beyond simply sharing multimedia files with students, you can create an actual podcast feed so students can subscribe to your updates in their iTunes or other RSS reader. This method is great if you want to send students a weekly video message, post periodic lecture videos, or share other multimedia files that students can watch on their personal devices. These files will automatically download to your students' iPods, iPhones, and other "podcatching" devices so they always have the newest episode.

Podcasting in Canvas can be accomplished by creating a Canvas Discussion and enabling the Podcast Feed (see screenshot). Then you can just attach your multimedia mesasge to that discussion and it will create a podcast feed that can be subscribed in your students' podcatching devices. You can choose to include student responses in your feed, or only allow your media messages in the feed.

This makes Canvas a true podcasting tool that should accomplish most of what you need it do. Please let us know if you'd like to explore podcasting further or if this feature set does not cover your particular needs.

Method Two: A Podcast Discussion Feed (AKA "Real Podcasting")