Anystream Intros Campus-Wide Automated Lecture Podcasting Solution

Jun 7th, 2006 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Educational Podcasts, Podcasting Hardware

Anystream has announced Apreso Podcast, an enterprise podcasting solution that lets institutions of higher education make any lecture, anywhere on campus, available for playback on Apple iPods, iTunes or any MP3 player. Available as a campus-wide license, Apreso Podcast lets universities offer lecture review by automating the many tasks required to capture, encode, manage and distribute lecture podcasts.

The system’s enterprise design also ensures that the lecture podcasts integrate seamlessly with key university systems, appearing with a recognizable icon in Blackboard/WebCT course pages or within pre-defined content categories in iTunes U for students to synchronize their iPods for playback at any time. Apreso’s open architecture and XML-based API also enable universities to easily integrate with in-house developed course management systems and podcast servers.

Apreso’s automatic operation is made possible by Apreso Content Manager, which acts as a rich media command and control center for lecture podcasting. Administrators use Apreso Content Manager to schedule semester-long audio lecture capture and to specify where, and how, each lecture should be published.According to Anystream, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Arizona State University and Temple University are implementing Apreso Podcast to make lecture podcasts available to students by the Fall 2006 semester.

“Many of our professors were already creating podcasts on their own using manual recorders. Our challenge was to take these grassroots efforts to the next level and make podcasting a consistent, reliable study aid for any student to access,” said Mike Lucas, UMASS-Lowell coordinator of distance learning. “Apreso Podcast lets us achieve that goal by automating the entire process of capturing and publishing lecture podcasts without requiring additional staffing or new classroom technology investments,” he said.

“Apreso Podcast turns technology used primarily for personal consumer entertainment into a powerful publishing tool for colleges and universities,” said Mark Jones, Anystream vice president of education products. “It’s an innovative way for educators to deliver valuable course content that matches the on-demand, mobile lifestyles of their students.”

Anystream will offer Apreso Podcast as a $10,000 site license to enable schools of virtually any size to deploy lecture podcasts campus wide.

Source: Anystream

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