Friday, December 22, 2006

RPP #32 Congratulations, Social Bookmarking and Podsafe Christmas

Topics covered during this 20 minute podcast:
  • Social Bookmarking Tools: the primary use of these social networking tools is to store your bookmarks online, which allows you to access your bookmarks from any computer, and to share them with the world.
    • - uses tags to organize and remember your bookmarks, which is a much more flexible system than folders
    • digg - comment on news stories and see what others rate as most important or interesting; just added a Podcast section
    • furl - copies web pages you want to save and share
    • technorati - searches and indexes the world "live" web, especially blogs
    • Google and Yahoo - allow you to save bookmarks
    • Bookmarkz: the "cut and paste" social bookmarking solution for bloggers
    • Blackboard Beyond - see RPP #30
    • Wired News: Social Bookmarking Showdown - review of several bookmarking services

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

RPP #31 Pew Podcasting Report, Audio Recording Tips and "A Soldier's Christmas"

Topics covered during this 16 minute podcast:
  • The Pew Internet & American Life Project
    • Report on Podcast Downloading
    • The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life
    • 12% of Internet users have downloaded a podcast compared with 7% back in February of 2006
    • 26% of Internet users own an iPod or other MP3 player
  • Podcasting Tech Tips: Microphones and Recording Interviews
    • Professional microphones for voice and music recording have a 3-pin XLR connector designed to work with pro music gear, e.g., Audio Technica Cardioid Dynamic Vocal/Instrument Microphone ($60)
    • Hot Recorder for recording Skype interviews ($15)
    • DLI Personal Logger for recording telephone interviews ($89)
  • Podsafe Music Selection
    • "A Soldier's Christmas" by Jay Goeppner from the Podsafe Music Network
    • Jay Goeppner is a Chicago musician who has shared his message of peace and love in the style of his hero, John Lennon. Jay currently fronts the Chicago bands “The Beatle Brothers” and “Instant Karma” (a John Lennon tribute band).

Friday, December 01, 2006

RPP #30 Beyond Blackboard, Media Player Guide and Christmas Rap

Topics covered during this 18 minute podcast:
  • MP3 & Video Media Player Holiday Shopping Guide (CNET Review Scores)
  • The Blackboard Beyond Initiative
    • Extend The Platform: Blackboard is establishing a Global Learning Objects Catalog, where any Blackboard user can publish to or search for learning resources to enhance their instructional experience.
    • Facilitate Social Networking: The first "property" will be a social bookmarking service like (see RPP #15), but customized for education, and integrated with all of the Blackboard's Learning System products. It will provide users with the tools to evaluate and find educationally valuable resources, and share them within the validated network of Blackboard faculty and students. Other parts of the Initiative include:
    • Enable Lifelong Learning: Blackboard’s unique "e-Portfolios-for-life" service will allow Blackboard users to post their portfolios to a central site for long-term use.
    • Create Data Benchmarking: Blackboard’s collaborative benchmarking service will allow clients to anonymously share relevant data and gain better insight into best practices.
  • Podsafe Music Selection
    • "The Christmas Season" by Sudden Death from the Podsafe Music Network
    • Sudden Death combines hip hop beats with what Dr. Demento calls "some of the funniest hip hop lyrics I've ever heard."

Friday, November 17, 2006

RPP #29 Blackboard Content System Interview; "Donkeys and Elephants"

Topics covered during this 22 minute podcast:

Monday, November 06, 2006

RPP #28 Slidecasting, Blackboard User Groups and Pod People

Topics covered during this 15 minute podcast:
  • Podosphere News
    • Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Medicine Podcast - Rob Williams, Principle Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Guy's and St. Thomas NHS Trust, London UK
    • Note Pods - Like "Cliff Notes" for your iPod
    • "The RSS Revolution: Using Blogs and Podcasts to Distribute Learning Content" - presented at SLATE, the Midwest Blackboard Users Group by Jason Rhode, Assistant Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Northern Illinois University
    • Web 2.0 Tool
      • SlideShare - Another Web 2.0 social network -- like YouTube for your PowerPoint slides

  • Blackboard Users Groups
    • Philadelphia Area Blackboard User's Group
      • Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman, Director of Academic Affairs, Drexel e-Learning, Inc.
      • Craig Laird, Coordinator, Instructional Design, Drexel e-Learning, Inc.
    • Blackboard User Groups - List of Bb User Groups, national and international
    • Blackboard Connections - A central hub where Bb users can collaborate and share best practices

Friday, October 27, 2006

RPP #27 Educause Interview: Apreso CourseCaster and Comcast Connection Blues

Topics covered during this 23 minute podcast:

Thursday, October 19, 2006

RPP #26: Report from Educause and Podcasting with Blackboard

Topics covered in this 19 minute podcast:

Friday, October 06, 2006

RPP #25 Teaching with Blackboard and Podcasting News

Topics covered in this 14 minute podcast:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

RPP #24 Blackboard Backpack, Elluminate and Apreso Classroom

Topics covered during this 26 minute podcast:
  • Interview with Dr. Tony Frisby, Director of Education Services, Academic & Instructional Support & Resources, Thomas Jefferson University
    • Blackboard Backpack (, a personal learning tool, allows students to download all of their course content to a laptop, tablet PC or desktop PC. It supports creating annotations and notes on course documents along with highlighting, searching and other helpful features.
    • Elluminate (, a synchronous learning tool, offers Internet-based video conferencing, also called 'webcasting,' to extend the reach of live classroom teaching to students at remote locations.
    • Apreso Classroom (, an asynchronous learning tool, captures the classroom experience and makes it available to students for online review at a later time. It enable students to improve comprehension and retention, and professors to improve the effectiveness of class and office hours. Apresso also creates podcasts of lectures for students to sync with their iPods or other digital music player.
  • "Not on the Radio" by Geoff Smith and the Tonewheels from the Podsafe Music Network (

Thursday, September 21, 2006

RPP #23 Podcasting News, Classroom 2.0 and Podsafe Vivaldi

Topics covered during this 23 minute podcast:

Friday, September 08, 2006

RPP #22 Podcasting 101 and Implications for Health Care

Topics covered during this 20 minute podcast:

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Friday, June 09, 2006

RPP #19 Disruptive Technologies in Education, Summer Reading & Podsafe Vivaldi

Topics covered during this 23 minute podcast:

Thursday, May 11, 2006

RPP #15 Podcasting Tech: Podcatching for non-iPods, & Geek Song

Topics covered during this 22 minute podcast:

Thursday, May 04, 2006

RPP #14 Podcasts for Professors, Blackboard Tips, and Podsafe Newage Piano

Topics covered during this 12 minute podcast:

Monday, May 01, 2006

RPP #13 Interview: Learning Objects, Blackboard, Wikis and Podsafe Mozart

Topics covered during this 28 minute podcast:
  • Interview: Hal Herzog, VP of Product Development, Learning Objects
    • We discuss their main product for Blackboard, the Campus Pack.
      - Wiki tools: Teams LX and Expo LX
      - Blog tool: Journal LX
      - Full text search: Search LX

  • Podsafe Mozart: Allegro movement from Mozart's Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major by the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. The full CD entitled "Mozart Orchestral Works" is available at

Friday, April 14, 2006

RPP #11 Podcasting Tech Tips: Blogger, RSS Feeds, and Skype

Topics covered during this 12 minute podcast:
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Thursday, April 13, 2006

RPP #10 Electronic Portfolios

Topics covered during this 15 minute podcast:
Audio clips from the following podcasts were included with permission:
Review of the Blackboard Content System e-Portfolio features:

Thursday, March 30, 2006

RPP #9 Bb World Interview: Tegrity Campus

Blackboard World '06 Interview: David Goad, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Tegrity.

Tegrity Campus is an automated lecture capture and web publishing system that produces podcasts and online versions of the classroom experience on Blackboard for students to review on-demand. We discuss the benefits for faculty, students and I.T. staff, and Tegrity's unique features, especially digital notes and enhanced podcasts.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

RPP #8 BONUS: Video on PodClassing

Blackboard World '06: Brief Presentation by Blackboard Chairman Matthew Pittinsky on PodClassing (9 Mb)

iTunes subscribers, Mac or PC, should be able to view this video file without problems.

For those Windows users who do not use iTunes, try this Media Player version.

RPP #8 PodClassing, Video Podcasting, PodPeople Taking Over

Topics covered during this podcast:
  • Blackboard World '06 Keynote presentation on "PodClassing" by Blackboard Chairman Matthew Pittinsky
  • Video Podcasting Introduction (see RPP #8 Bonus video podcast - coming)
  • PodSafe Music Network featuring "PodPeople" by munk

Friday, March 17, 2006

RPP #7 Spoken Word Search Engines & Educational Podcast Promos

Topics covered during this podcast:

Brief recap of past programs and a break from e-learning vendor interviews (to be continued).

Spoken Word Search Engines
Educational Podcast Promos

Friday, March 10, 2006

RPP #6 Bb World Interview: Apreso Classroom

[Click link above to play this 12 minute podcast]

Blackboard World '06 Interview: Wes Barnes, Systems Engineer, Anystream.

Apreso Classroom is an automated lecture capture and web publishing system that produces podcasts and online versions of the classroom experience on Blackboard for student to review on-demand. We discuss the benefits for faculty and students and Apreso's unique features.

Monday, March 06, 2006

RPP #5 Bb World Interview: Blackboard Content System

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Bb World '06 Interview: Peter Van Tienen, Director, Solutions Engineering, Blackboard Inc.

We discuss how the Blackboard Content System can benefit:
- Teachers / Researchers
- Students
- Librarians
- I.T. Staff

Learn how it can be used for personal online storage, sharing large files, saving space and time, e-reserves, and e-portfolios.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

RPP #4 Bb World: Blogs, Wikis, RSS Feeds

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Almost live from Blackboard World '06 in San Diego...

Topics covered during this podcast:
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • RSS Feeds
  • iPodcasting?
  • PodClassing?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

RPP #3 Recording Podcasts, iTunes U, Tegrity & Blackboard

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Topics covered during this podcast:

Friday, February 10, 2006

RPP #2 Finding & Subscribing to Podcasts

Thomas Jefferson University
  • We use Blackboard software for our portal and course management system. We call it ‘Pulse’, that's why this is “Rod’s PULSE Podcast”.
  • Caveat: Jefferson doesn’t officially support podcasting yet.
  • Send feedback using the comment feature on this blog. Send audio feedback and I’ll play your clip.
How I discovered podcasting 1½ years ago
  • Daily Source Code with Adam Curry, the “Pod Father”
  • Now podcasting is like usenet and who wants to hear those people!
Podcast Directories
How to subscribe to this Podcast
  • Via Juice Podcatcher: use this URL
  • Via iTunes (will start your iTunes or go to the iTunes download site)
  • Via Pulse (for Jefferson users only): go to 'My Pulse' / 'Modify Content' / check ‘Rod’s Pulse Podcast’
Online MP3 files vs Podcasts
  • Jefferson Emergence Medicine Lecture Podcast (subscribe via iTunes)
  • Medical Student MP3 Lecture Recordings
Promo: Podcast 411 ( interviews of podcasters)

Friday, February 03, 2006

RPP #1 Introduction to Podcasting

This is my first blog entry and podcast, Rod's Pulse Podcast #1, an introduction to podcasting. This is a brief, 5 1/2 minute show and includes a definition of podcasting from Wikipedia.

Click on the title link above to hear the podcast.

Future shows will discuss:
1) how to subscribe using the Juice podcast receiver and iTunes (see download links to the right)
2) how to create your own podcast
3) reviews of other podcasts relevant to higher education
4) coverage of news about Blackboard

Let me know how it sounds. Hopefully, sound quality and the "production value" will increase as I get more experience with my podcasting tools.

I invite you to leave comments on this blog.