1. Introduction

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A podcast is a series of related audio or video files, placed online with a public URL and linked to via an RSS feed, which you can download to digital media players.

Podcasting offers a great opportunity to deliver course materials and lectures outside a conventional classroom environment. Students, or interested parties (depending on whether the material is publicly available) can access the material from outside the campus, view it at any time, and by downloading it to a portable media device (such as an iPod) they can then view the material anywhere.


Oxford podcasts are found at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/ or via the iTunes U service at http://itunes.ox.ac.uk (requires the iTunes software).

Interested in podcasting?

The How to podcast at Oxford guide provides an overview of how to go about creating your own podcasts and how to use the University RSS system, OXITEMS to publish your podcasts to the Internet.

The service uses a speaker release form that all speakers are required to sign to publish material on the University's podcasting web portal or iTunes U site: http://www.ox.ac.uk/itunes_u/contribute.html

We always recommend the following short training session for anyone involved in podcasting at Oxford: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/courses/detail/TIMV

If you want an introduction to what podcasting is, please watch the Why Podcast video.

Access the podcasts

You can find the Oxford podcasts at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/ or via the iTunes U service at http://itunes.ox.ac.uk (requires the iTunes software).

The podcasts cover a range of areas and topics, such as (click on a subject link to see an example podcast series):

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