Curriculum

Below is a list of different courses (or learning modules) offered by the Webcast Academy.  As of February 2008, we have only offered a general overview of live, interactive webcasting (henceforth referred to as 'The Basic Program').  For years, we have discussed the possibilities of developing 'advanced' courses and (hopefully) they will now be collaboratively developed below.

A. The Basic Program

Below are topics covered during 'The Basic Program' which is an overview of what's involved in producing live, interactive webcasts. 

Week#1 Site Orientation & Academy Policies, Basic Recording/Audio Specifications

Skills: 
Resources: Welcome Newsletter,  Site Orientation, Certification and Graduation Audio Specifications, Webcaster KitLee's Book of Audio
 
Screencasts: 
   General

 Meeting Agenda & Assignments Below

 NEW Audio Recording of Class

Meeting Agenda 

  • Welcome to the Academy
    • What is a 'collaborative community'?
      • Everyone's a teacher, everyone's a learner
      • You should > We can... ,
      • Aim to make the Academy better than when you found it
    • Site Orientation  http://www.webcastacademy.net/Site_Orientation
      • Look for answers in the FAQ, Book of Webcasting, & Search
      • Post questions to the Forums or Group Skype Chat
      • Post reflections in your Blog
      • Adding signature to Account
      • Post all audio by clicking 'create content/audio'
      • Joining skype chat - not going crazy

Assignments: 

  • Post a short text introduction in the Class of 2.4 Introductions thread.
  • Record a 1-2 minute audio introduction using audio specifications  (Filename: your-name-Introduction-2007-10-xx.mp3) and publish it (create content/audio) on this site.
  • After participating in or listening to the recording of our first meeting and completing the above assignments, post a text blog entry (create content/blog entry) about anything related to your academy experience.
  • Post any questions in the forums or group skype chat.
  • If you are interested in connecting with others in a smaller group during the week, add your info to the Webcast Academy wiki.
  • ­

Week#2 Recording both ends of a telephony call

Skills:   Recording both ends of a telephony call (in a way that will allow you to stream that audio). 
               Audio editing basics.

Resources:  Audacity:  We recommend the Beta Version.  1.3.3
                        Virtual Audio Cables  and Audio Hijack Pro.

Screencasts:  ­

Using Audacity to Edit Audio

  Windows
Recording both ends of a telephony cal­l in Windows

Configuring Audio Specifications in Audacity

Setting Preferences in Audacity - Windows

  Mac
      Recording both ends of a telephony call in Mac

Meeting Agenda  Below


  • Review of Week One
    • Text and Audio Introductions
    • Uploading Audio to Webcast Academy
    • Specs..... Specs...... Specs.......
    • Feedback left to interns
    • Intern Workshop Session
  • Recording Two-Way Audio
    • Setting up your system. 
    • Virtual Audio Cables For Windows and Audio Hijack for Mac
    • Using Audacity to record
    • Calling the Skype Lady to test or other interns
    • Check the Skype Chat for willing partners
    • Checking Audio Levels in Skype call
  • Audio Editing Basics
    • Using Audacity tools and Effects

 


Assignments:  

    Record and publish a 3-5 minute telephony call with at least one other person.  Please DO NOT use one of the 3rd party applications that will not support streaming during the next step (i.e PowerGramo, HotRecorder, etc.). Windows users, you will need to get acquainted with Virtual Audio Cables.  Mac users, audio hijack or soundflower.

Week#3 Basic Streaming

 Streaming refers to sending audio and/or video from your computer to a server that is running a streaming program like Shoutcast, Icecast, Windows Media Server, Quicktime, or Helix..  Those programs then make that audio or video available for remote listeners.  Worldbridges currently uses Shoutcast to stream its webcasts.  Depending on audio bitrate and other variables, there is usually a delay ranging from 20-100 seconds between the time the audio is produced and the time it is heard by remote listeners.  
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Producing a stream of audio with only one source of aud­io (music or one person speaking) is relatively simple.  Producing a a stream of audio in which multiple sources are streamed (i.e. a multi-pers­on conversation) is more complicated and requires the tools and methods covered in the 'Recording both ends of a telephony call' section of this book.   While it is possible to record both sides of a telephony call using 3rd party programs like Powergramo and Pamela (more info here) we have thusfar been unable to use those tools to actually stream. The tools used to stream vary significantly by operating system.

Skills:  Streaming a telephony conversation so that those who are not participating in the call can listen in
    
Resources:

Screencasts: 

  Windows:

  Mac:

 

 

Meeting Agenda Below

  • Introduction
  • Review of Week 2 Assignment.
    • Successes and Challenges
    • File Name Format
    • Posting Weekly Reflection
  • Objectives for Week 3
    • Basic Streaming;  Importance of Recording Two-Way Audio.
    • Using Skype chat for trouble shooting
    • Password is given as audio only
  • I can stream so what's next? 
    • Scheduling an interncast
    • Building Webcaster Porfolio
 


Assignments:  Stream, record, & post a 3-5 minute webcast - basically same assignment as last week with streaming added. If you like feel free to schedule and host your first interncast.

Week #4 Show management skills/ Post-production and advanced audio editing

Skills: 

1. Post new event on calendar  --- GMT Friendly Link
2. Plan an interncast to stream on Sandbox A
3.  Mangage a live show
4.  Post production audio editing

Resources:       Recording and Editing Audio from Lee's Book of Audio

Screencasts:

General:


Windows 

Adding incoming calls to a skype conference

Mac

 

Meeting Agenda Below 

  • Event Posting Guide
  • Tips for producing shows
  • Pre-show audio checks
  • Post-production audio editing
  • Skype conference hosting and management practice

Assignment:  Plan and post an interncast;  At least 10min of Skype conversation.  Post Audio and chat log with interncast. 

Week #5 Using and bridging different webcast environments and programs

Skills:  Being able to stream live audio from various environments. 

 

Resources: 

http://www.webcastacademy.net/webcams ­

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1564

http://www.edtechtalk.com/node/2321


       Agenda

­ 

1.  Streaming, Simulcasting, and Ustream

2.  Recent Activity at Edtech Talk and Webcast Academy

3.  Next Steps:  Building Webcaster Portfolio

4.  Participation in Worldbridges Community  --





Assignments:

Continue working on posting interncasts. We will be reviewing Intern Shows for Session 2.3 until the holidays.

Next session scheduled to begin; Mid to late January 2008


 



 

Course Support Resources

 

1. Website Support Resources

 

2. Hardware Support Resources

 

3. Software Support Resources

 

4. Internet Support Resources

 

5. Management Support Resources

 

6. Process Support Resources 

B. Advanced User Modules

Converging The Basic Program 101 into WizIQ/ Moodle (for Synchronous and Asynchronous Training)

A. Introduction

The newly appointed administrator John Schmidt for the (free) Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server writes:

"Hopefully in the future we will all be able to instantly link into video chat discussion groups. Maybe some day Wikiversity will exist as an immersive virtual reality environment."

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:JWSchmidt

As soon as John visits the Webcast Academy, he will discover that the Academy is doing this already. He has received an invitation. This may be a fruitful opportunity to collaborate and converge along with Wikiversity.

Benchmark Example

Check Lee Baber's tour of Second Life in the 2nd half of the video:

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1959

http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/frameworkflyer_102607.pdf

B. Configuration

Twitter

http://twitter.com/

Best4c / Gliffy (like Visio, but collaborative)

http://www.best4c.com/   http://www.gliffy.com/

Google Docs / Zoho (collaborative documents)

http://docs.google.com/   http://www.zoho.com/

Mind42 Collaborative Online Mindmapping for Content Structure Building

http://www.mind42.com/ (MindManager is for the desktop, get the teacher's version)

WizIQ, free virtual classroom provider (which also operates in conjunction with Moodle)

http://www.wiziq.com/

authorPoint Lite http://www.authorgen.com/

WizIQ Demo Workshop Replay: Click on "Play Recording" and wait for the playback start

http://www.wiziq.com/Replay_Session.aspx?key=t&id=53527

WizIQ in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=wiziq&search_type= 

- WizIQ for Moodle (synchronous)

http://www.wiziq.com/downloads/moodle/

- Elluminate Bridge for Moodle (synchronous)

http://www.elluminate.com/moodle_course_management_system.jsp

Moodle, open source course management system (asynchronous)

http://www.moodle.org/

http://www.moodle.com/

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type= 

YouTube in Moodle http://youtube.com/watch?v=p_m2hG_YVIo 

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Webcast Academy Moodle

http://www.webcastacademy.com/

Wikipedia about Moodle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moodle

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

C. Process (full life-cycle project view)

C1. Administration Processes 

Team Building 

Before this turns into a project kick-off, who wants to get involved in this? (Please add your name to the list)

Course Facilitator Qualification Requirements

Web 2.0 Facilitator Recruitment Solution http://people.zoho.com/

Language
Course
XP
Vista
Apple OS
Linux
English
EN101
Derrall Garrison
(Doug Syminton)



Spanish
ES101
Jose Rodriguez



German
DE101 pending
(James O'Reilly)















 

Intern Computer Literacy Requirements (International Computer Driving License)

Basic Terms in English http://www.dlgi.org/uploads/media/ECDL_Syllabus_4.0engl.pdf

More (148) Countries & Languages http://www.ecdl.com/countries/index.jsp


C2. Core Processes

Roles

Project Manager

Facilitator

Co-Facilitator

x Old Interns

y New Interns

Web 2.0 Human Relationship Management

http://crm.zoho.com/

 

Course Milestone List

Course Life-Cycle Launch

Course Facilitator Recruiting Completed

Course Planning Completed

Course Announcement Day

Course Registration

Course Introduction

Course Schedule Announcement Day

Course Warm-Up Webcast

Course Assignment 1

Course Webcast 1

Course Webcast 1.1

Course Assignment 2

Course Webcast 2

Course Webcast 2.1

Course Assignment 3

Course Webcast 3

Course Webcast 3.1

Course Assignment 4

Course Webcast 4

Course Webcast 4.1 

Course Assignment 5

Course Webcast 5

Course Webcast 5.1

Interncast 1

Interncast 2

Interncast 3

Gradcast

Webcaster Portfolio Submitted

Graduation Day = Course Life-Cyle Ending

 

Course Breakdown Structure (project phases)

Supervisory Life-Cycle Planning

Course Facilitator Recruiting

Course Event Planning

Course Announcement Day http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/2064

Course Event Promotion 

Intern Application Process http://www.webcastacademy.net/application

Learning About The Configuration Environment

Learning About The Support Environment

Course Scheduling

Course Warm-Up

Course Launch & Execution 1-5

Intern Wrap-Up

Quality Survey Feedback & Evaluation http://www.surveymonkey.com/

 

Web 2.0 Project Resource Planning & GANNT

http://www.yutiti.com/


Performing Advanced Show Management

1. Introduction

 

2. Configuration

Event Organization via Wikis

http://www.buzzya.com/2008/05/19/wikis-are-now-serious-business/ 

Wiki Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/16/wiki-toolbox/

Events Toolbox 

http://mashable.com/2007/09/12/events-toolbox/ 

Blogging Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/

Quickly Building an Audience Blog

Wiki-Category: Rhetorical Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Rhetorical_techniques

Wiki-Category: Artistic Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Artistic_techniques

Autodesk Maya Personal Learning Edition (freeware 252 MB)

http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/index?siteID=123112&id=7635167

An approach for creating Second Life LSL content from MAYA via MEL

http://www.purplestatic.com/MEL_SL/ 

Autodesk Labs Freewheel DWF Viewer (online version)

http://freewheel.labs.autodesk.com/index.aspx




3. Process

Administration Process

Event Promotion

http://eventful.com/ 

Core Process

Support Process 

Streaming Hosted Music & Show Events (Real-live, On-site)

A. Introduction

 

Benchmark Examples 

Video: Intel Moore's Show - 2007-09-18 11:01 50 minutes

http://ustream.tv/recorded/vJXtWrvfK93Wx7wtreuhOw

Remote IT Support (Live & Interactive Video Webcasting, Archive)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chris-pirillo-live

Webcasting Weddings

http://www.cio.com/article/29723/Webcasting_Weddings

BBC engineers have broadcast an entire international TV sporting event live in 3D for the first time in the UK (TV audience deploying 3D cinema glasses)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7286852.stm

Real-live/Second Life Blended Rock Concert

http://www.fabchannel.com/16_down_concert 

 

B. Configuration 

B1. Basic Terms 

Mixing Console

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixing_console

Digital Mixing Console

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_mixing_console

Equalization EQ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equalization 

Audio Amplifier

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_amplifier

"The sound card in a personal computer contains several audio amplifiers (depending on number of channels), as does every stereo or home-theater system."

B2. Hardware

 

B3. Software

NASA Conference Organizer

http://groups.drupal.org/conference-organizing-distribution 

ePresence: Web Conferencing and Webcasting System (freeware) 

http://epresence.tv/products


C. Process 

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

 

Streaming Hosted Music & Show Events (into/within/from Second Life)

A. Introduction 

http://secondlife.com/music

Benchmark Examples

http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Second_Life_Radio_&_TV

http://www.virtualive.tv/

Second Life Discjockey

U2 in a SL Virtual Concert in Second Life

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Mro9Qzv--k8&feature=related

Real-live/Second Life Blended Rock Concert

http://www.fabchannel.com/16_down_concert 

Best Practices for Organizing SL/Real World Events 

http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Best_Practices_for_organizi...

Second Life Machinima in YouTube

http://youtube.com/results?search_query=second+life+machinima&search_type= 

YouTube-to-SL

http://www.youtube.com/tube2sl 

 

 

B. Configuration

Second Life Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/11/19/second-life-toolbox/ 

Audio/Music in Second Life 

Movies & Machinima in Second Life

Avatar Files  Avatar Clothes / SL Clothes Previewer (freeware)

Sculpted Prims: 3D Software Guide 

SceneCaster 

The future of virtual worlds and 3D Web applications is in being able to support standard 3D content rather than having to rely on proprietary content authoring tools. This is one of the key attributes of SceneCaster, a new 3D Web social media site launched at DEMO conference. SceneCaster supports almost all popular 3D formats, including 3D Studio Max, Sketchup, DWF, etc, and integrates with Google's 3D Warehouse. As a result, SceneCaster users can search for and import 3D content from the largest catalog of 3D objects on the Web and create their customized 3D scenes -- right in their browser. We've also recently announced a partnership with Turbo Squid and will be featuring their catalog of premium 3D content.

http://www.scenecaster.com/

Open Source Software for Second Life

MachinimaCamHUD v0.11 Pro 


C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Event Management in Second Life

Organizing Virtual Events 

Streaming Music into SecondLife With Winamp

Streaming Video into Second Life (SL's Parcel Media, play webpages, movies etc.)

Bringing live video to Second Life 

http://cyberwizard.de/secondlife/index.php?title=Live_Video

 

 

 

C2. Core Processes

a. 3D Computer-Aided-Design

- 3D Illustrations Outside Second Life
SceneCaster, Google SketchUp 6

- Out-world 3D Prim Creation and Import into Second Life

- In-World 3D Prim Creation within Second Life

- Prim Export from Second Life


b. Machinima and Animation

- 3D Movie Creation outside Second Life

- Audio/Video Streaming into Second Life
Second Life's Parcel Media Feature


- In-World Machinima Creation within Second Life


- Audio/Video Capture from Second Life (e.g. for Use in YouTube)

 

c. ...


C3. Support Processes 

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

http://www.youtube.com/user/Torley

Editing and uploading sounds - Second Life

Sound sliders explained - Second Life

Zoom In & Out - Second Life

Moving your camera further and better - Second Life

Advanced camera snapshotting - Second Life

 

Running multiple SL viewers at the same time - Second Life

Wiki: Multiple-camera setup

How to use gestures - Second Life

Advanced movement controls - Second Life

LipSync Viewer

Animation Gesticulation



 

Streaming Mixed Reality Events (Converging Virtual and Real Events)

1. Introduction

Benchmark Examples

Mixed Reality Teaching & Learning Environment MiRTLE http://sun-isig.org/

http://chimera69.essex.ac.uk/User:Gardnemr/Mixed_Reality_Teaching_and_Learning_Environment

 

2. Configuration

Constructing MiRTLE

 

3. Process

3.1 Management Processes

 

3.2 Core Processes

 

3.3 Support Processes 


Streaming Transcribing Blogging

1. Introduction

From Webcasting to SoftPhone Technology
http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/2058

How to transcribe wave-to-text for text blog publication
http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1980

Blogging Toolbox
http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/


2. Configuration

 

3. Process

3.1 Management Process

3.2 Core Process

3.3 Support Process

Streaming a Podcast/ Blogcast/ Videoblog

A. Introduction 

Benchmark Examples

LibriVox: free audiobooks

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

http://librivox.org/

Wiki: Podcast http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podcast 

Wiki: Blog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog 

Google Books: Blog http://books.google.com/books?q=blog&btnG=Search+Books 

Wiki: Blogcast http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogcast

Wiki: Videoblog http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Videoblog 

 

B. Configuration

Podcasting Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/

Blogging Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/06/19/blogging-toolbox/


C. Process

C1. Management Process

 

C2. Core Process

 

C3. Support Process

How to transcribe wave-to-text for text blog publication

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1980

 

Streaming and Conducting an Audio and Video Interview

1. Introduction

Benchmark Examples

Learn about Live, On-Demand, and Hybrid Streaming 

Producing Video for the Web .pdf 85 pages

Event Organization using Wikis

http://www.buzzya.com/2008/05/19/wikis-are-now-serious-business/

Events Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/09/12/events-toolbox/

Wiki Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/16/wiki-toolbox/

Podcasting Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/07/04/podcasting-toolbox/

Video Toolbox

http://mashable.com/2007/06/27/video-toolbox/

 


2. Configuration 

Webcaster Kit for Interview Guests
- Technical Basics (Hardware, Software, Basic Structure & Procedures)

-- Guest microphone: A USB mic completely separate to the sound card displays no interference. Not even the USB mic built into a webcam achieves the quality of a completely separate USB mic. Logitech USB Desktop Mic (AK5370) is by far the best tested and verified microphone requirement. Please also check Skype Call Quality Issues in order to remedy frequent problem areas, such as: Call echo, background noise, one-way sound, robotic sound, words cut off, and delay. Sound spectrums may be increased or decreased in energy level by using your Equalizer EQ utility software as supplied along with your sound card in order to compensate for audio feedback. Sound volume may be controlled inside the Skype panel under Tools > Options > Audio settings.

- Guest headset: Using speakers is also a source for audio feedback in the microphone, thus making the use of a headset necessary.

- Show & Content Basics


3. Process

Administration Processes 

Core Processes

Support Processes 

How to transcribe wave-to-text for blog publication

Streaming into/within/from 2D Virtual Workshops (Converging Webcasting into Moodle)

A. Introduction

In order to enable this module, some course material must be prepared and installed. So it might be favorable to consider converging The Basic Program into WizIQ/Moodle first. Check the relevant module for this.

Benchmark Examples

eLearn Magazine http://elearnmag.org/index.cfm

WizIQ Demo Workshop Replay: Click on "Play Recording" and wait for the playback start

http://www.wiziq.com/Replay_Session.aspx?key=t&id=53527

B. Configuration

Thinkfree Online Collaborative MS PowerPoint, MS Word, and MS Excel

http://www.thinkfree.com/

WizIQ, free virtual classroom provider (which also operates in conjunction with Moodle)

http://www.wiziq.com/

WizIQ in Moodle (synchronous) 

http://www.wiziq.com/downloads/moodle/

authorPoint Lite http://www.authorgen.com/

WizIQ in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=wiziq&search_type=

Moodle, open source course management software (asynchronous)

http://www.moodle.org/

http://www.moodle.com/

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type=

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Guidelines for e-Learning following a Web 2.0 Approach

 

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes 

 

Streaming into/within/from 3D Virtual Worlds (Converging Webcasting/ WiZiQ/ Moodle/ SLoodle into Second Life/Project Wonderland)

A. Introduction

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Education_in_virtual_worlds

Up to now, the standard converged situation was meant to look like this:

- Moodle & SLoodle & Avatar Trainer

But newly converged situations are also now unfolding:

- WizIQ/Moodle (Chat, Audio, Video, Synchronous, Asynchronous) & SLoodle & Avatar Trainer (Chat, Audio, Gesture) & Ustream.tv (In-world Video)...Open Source virtual worlds, and other whatnot to come 8-]

In order to enable this module, some course material must be prepared and installed. So it might be favorable to consider converging The Basic Program into WizIQ/Moodle first. Check the relevant module for this.

Benchmark Examples

SLanguage 2008 Conference for Language Education in Virtual Worlds

http://www.slanguages.net/home.php 

Second Life Educators - Mailing List  (Archives) (Webcasting in Second Life)

Second Life Corporate Use - Mailing List  (Archives)

Service Provider for SL Streaming

http://www.theconsultants-e.com/index.asp

Classroom: Web 2.0 

http://www.ahg.com/ 

Check Lee Baber's tour of Second Life in the 2nd part of the video:

http://www.webcastacademy.net/node/1959

http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/documents/frameworkflyer_102607.pdf

Google's Own Second Life?

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/index.php?id=2415

Meta Search: webcasting second life 

Discussion Thread

https://lists.secondlife.com/pipermail/educators/2007-November/015780.html

Project Wonderland "Open Source Second Life"

https://lg3d-wonderland.dev.java.net/index.html

Languagelab.com 

http://www.languagelab.com/en/


B. Configuration

Moodle, open source course management software

http://www.moodle.org

http://www.moodle.com

Moodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=moodle&search_type=

Diigo Bookmarking: Moodle http://groups.diigo.com/groups/moodlers

Free Wikiversity Moodle Sandbox Server

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Moodle

http://www.sandboxserver.org/moodle

Ustream.tv

http://www.ustream.tv/ 

Second Life http://www.secondlife.com

Second Life Toolbox http://mashable.com/2007/11/19/second-life-toolbox/

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

How to enable Voice in Second Life

http://youtube.com/watch?v=p7Nunrc6KeM&feature=related

Using Second Life Voice

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7ViOXg2WUoo&feature=related

Free Teaching Tools for Second Life (Webcastatorium)

http://www.theconsultants-e.com/edunation/edunationtools.asp 

SLoodle integrates the Second Life multi-user virtual environment and the Moodle learning-management system.

http://www.sloodle.org

SLoodle in YouTube http://youtube.com/results?search_query=sloodle&search_type= 

Open Source Software for Second Life

Streaming YouTube Videos in Second Life 

 

C. Process 

C1. Administration Processes

Provider Registration & Basic Knowledge

Establishing an SL Workshop Event Venue

How to Plan an SL Workshop Event 

Best Practices for Organizing SL/Real World Events 

http://www.simteach.com/wiki/index.php?title=Best_Practices_for_organizing_SL/Real_World_events

How to Schedule and Promote an SL Workshop Event

http://eventful.com/groups/G0-001-000006232-8

http://eventful.com/events?l=Second%20Life 


C2. Core Processes

What Avatar Workshop Presentation Skills are Needed 

Avatar Animation 

The Webcastatorium = The Virtual Presentator's Sandbox 

The Global Kids Overview To Presenting In Teen Second Life

http://www.holymeatballs.org/pdfs/GKguidetoSLpresenting.pdf

Bringing live video to Second Life 

http://cyberwizard.de/secondlife/index.php?title=Live_Video

First Test - Webcasting from Second Life (Mac)

 


C3. Support Processes

http://www.youtube.com/user/Torley 

Sound sliders explained - Second Life

Editing and uploading sounds - Second Life

Advanced movement controls - Second Life

Running multiple SL viewers at the same time - Second Life

Wiki: Multiple-camera setup

How to Install and Operate Virtual Presentation Equipment in SL

 

Streaming into/within/from Real-Live Workshops (Classrooms, Meetings)

A. Introduction

Benchmark Examples 

Lebow and Maddrell Workshop about Webcasting at SLN Summit 2008

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/jHZDoDLoSVImtxC.m0LZYygqtbNms,XZ

DesiLu style Three "Camera" system by Academy Intern Paul McLean

http://pilot.sln.suny.edu/documentation/ANGEL/webcasting/webcasting.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-camera_setup 

Video: Classroom Of The Future HD: What's New in Educational Tech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcXEznPXj8k&feature=related

IBM Forecast on the Virtual Workplace

http://eightbar.co.uk/2008/03/25/ibm-virtual-worlds-1q-2008-roundup/ 

Project Wonderland

https://lg3d-wonderland.dev.java.net/

B. Configuration

NASA Conference Organizer

http://groups.drupal.org/conference-organizing-distribution 

Wiki-Category: Film Techniques

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Film_techniques 

 ePresence: Web Conferencing and Webcasting System (freeware) 

http://epresence.tv/products


C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

Skype Help Page: Call Quality Issues

Skype's help page delivers some insight about: Avoiding call echo, Avoiding background noise, One way sound, Robotic sound, Words cut off, Delay


 


Webcasting & Second Life In Mobile Devices

A. Introduction 

 

Benchmark Examples

Bringing Streaming Video To Wireless Handheld Devices 

http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?&docid=41314&promo=100511 

A Video Gateway to Support Video Streaming to Mobile Clients

http://whitepapers.techrepublic.com.com/whitepaper.aspx?&docid=175156&promo=100511

3D Virtual Reality Head-Mount for iPhone hehe

Second Life Spills Over Into Mobile World

Second Life on Samsung Phones 

Broadcast live with your mobile phone. a mashup with QIK http://qik.com/

http://www.justin.tv/

MyCasting - Free Service, download Orb software

http://www.orb.com/en/mycasting 

 

B. Configuration

 

 

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

C2. Core Processes

C3. Support Processes

Diigo Bookmarking: Second Life http://groups.diigo.com/groups/SL

 

Webcasting and Cross-Cultural Impacts

A. Introduction 

Google Books: Webcasting Cross-Cultural

http://books.google.com/books?q=webcasting+cross-cultural&btnG=Search+Books

Google Books: Webcasting Intercultural

http://books.google.com/books?q=webcasting+intercultural&btnG=Search+Books 

Quintura: webcasting intercultural 

Quintura: webcasting cross-cultural


B. Basic Elements Involved

Culture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture

Intercultural Communication Principles: What can go wrong? (The Banana Peel)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_communication_principles#What_can_go_wrong.3F

Ethnocentric http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnocentric

Cultural Shock http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_shock


C. Domestic Knowledge - Know Yourself

Cultural Competence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_competence


D. Foreign Knowledge - Know Others

Intercultural Competence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercultural_competence

 

E. Comparative Knowledge, Skills, Experiences - Keep Slipping Out on that Darned Banana Peel

Self-Research: Glimpse.org  Expatexchange.com Shanghaiexpat.com Expatriates.com

Expatriate Networks: There are a series of established groups within these expatriate forums that have overlapping interests with webcasting, such as cross-cultural adaptation, e-learning, education, virtual worlds and many more. More can also be established for networking purposes and cross-cultural fertilization of webcasting.

InterNations.org (requires an invitation via email, ask any of the expats at the Academy to perform this process step) Recommended free groups to join: Cultural Misunderstandings (336+ members), Cross-Cultural Understanding & Adaptation (69+ members), Global Communicators (47+ members), WorldCitizen (327+ members), China (294+ members), Educators (145+ members), Andrea's German language learning (147+ members), Americans Abroad (74+ members), Bridge Media Network (37+ members), Paris Movie Group (133+ members), New Media Connection (82+ members), Latin Community (417+ members), International Journalism (48+ members), Language Teachers (23+ members), e-Learning (23+ members) and many more, near and far...

Xing.com (choose the free version)

Paperback: I'm OK - You're OK, Harris, ISBN-13: 978-0060724276,
Introduction to Transactional Analysis

Paperback: Games People Play, Eric Berne 

 

F. Humorous Accounts

Wiki: Humor, Budai (Laughing Buddha)

Ni Howdy!, Desi Downey, ISBN 0595342361

Welcome to Absurdistan 

 

G. Language Tools

IM Translator (free web-based Web 2.0 tool including online translator for 10 languages, text-to-speech avatar, spell checker, multilingual dictionary, virtual keyboard for 31 languages, Russian decoder) http://imtranslator.com/

Gate2Home (virtual keyboard for 71 languages) http://www.gate2home.com/

Wiki: Virtual Keyboard

Translate.Net (free open source software, online meta-dictionary system)

http://www.orangeinks.com/tips-n-tricks/use-multiple-online-language-translators-with-translatenet/

http://translateclient.googlepages.com/index.en.html

Onelook.com 1048+ dictionaries, reverse translation http://onelook.com/ 

Lexicool.com 6000+ translation dictionaries and glossaries http://www.lexicool.com/

Google Translate http://translate.google.com/

Chinese Tools http://www.chinese-tools.com/tools/dictionary.html

Wordfast (TM translation memory based add-in for MS Word, free use up to 500 TM units) http://www.wordfast.net/

 

H. Anti-Censorship Tools

Web links where you can download free anti-censorship software developed by top US IT engineers. These softwares are widely used by college students and foreign journalists based in China:

http://www.ultrareach.com/company/download.htm
http://www.gpass1.com/index.php
http://hfh.edoors.com/
http://dongtaiwang.com/loc/download.php
http://heartyit.com/chinese.html
http://www.gardennetworks.com/download.php

 

 

Webcasting and Disaster Recovery

A. Introduction

Wiki: Disaster Recovery 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_recovery

Podcasts about Disaster Recovery

http://searchstoragechannel.techtarget.com/general/0,295582,sid98_gci1262204,00.html

Benchmark Example

IT Infrastructure Library ITIL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL_v3

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL_Planning_to_implement_service_management



B. Configuration

Open Source Software: IT Infrastructure Library ITIL for IT Service Management

ITIL & Web 2.0: FeedMyApps

Backup Review http://www.BackupReview.info

 

C. Process

C1. Administration Processes

Disaster Recovery Plan

 

C2. Core Processes

User Cases 

 

C3. Support Processes 

 

 

Webcasting and Internet Law

A. Introduction

Wiki: Internet Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_law 

Goggle Books: Webcasting and Internet Law

Google Books: Webcasting and Web Citizen

UsefulArts.us (Online Law Blog: How trademark, copyright, privacy and politics shape the Web.)

Preventive Quality Management for Webcasting http://preventive-qm-webcasting.blogspot.com/ 

Wiki: Blog Defamation or Liability http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog#Defamation_or_liability 

FakeChecks.org (Internet Fraud Test) Internet Scam Alert

 

Country Examples

Germany: German Telemedia Law http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemediengesetz 

Impressum (Imprint) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impressum 

 

 

Class of 3.x Course Materials

Currently setting up course content.
The fun begins the week of July 14, 2008 
Session 3.1.1a - July 18 00:15 GMT (global times)
Session 3.1.1b - July 20 1600GMT (global times)

Welcome

  Welcome to The Webcast Academy, Class of 3.1.

 

 Participation Policies

  • The Webcast Academy does not charge any fees, but we do ask that interns 'pay it forward' in some way by helping future Academy participatnts and sharing what you learn here with others.  If we receive more applications than we can accept for  any session, we will select participants based on the quality of their application materials,  compatibility of their goals with Worldbridges values and goals, and the unique contribution they would make to the world of webcasting.  Those who are not accepted as interns for this session are welcome to participate as non-interns and to reapply for the next session.
     
  • As part of Worldbridges, we hope to build a diverse, inclusive community. The Webcast Academy does not discourage participation on the basis of age, race, gender, political views, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or nationality.  We try to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities as much as possible and aspire to provide a multi-lingual learning environment.
     
  •  Those whose webcasting interests involve commercial, religious, or political activities are welcome to participate as long as these interests are made transparent and do. Spam-like activities will not be tolerated.
     
  • Academy participants agree not to defame, harass, abuse, threaten or defraud other members of the community. Any personal conflicts that arise out of Academy participation should be dealt with outside of the community. 
     
  • In situations where profanity, sexual content, or descriptions of graphic violence are used, those uses should be clearly noted at the beginning of the archived media, and parents should be advised to use discretion when exposing minors to such content. In cases where such content is used on a particular show, the show's introduction should note this fact.
     
  • Content on the community network shall not promote any illegal activity, including but not limited to the violation of copyright law.
     
  • By participating in the community, Webcast Academy members acknowledge that their contributions may be recorded and distributed by the community. This includes the member's text contributions to chats and forums, voice converstations or other audio, video, shared images or screen captures, and content in any other media supplied by the participant. No remuneration for these contributions shall be provided by The Webcast Academy or Worldbridges.  All materials produced at the Academy are released with at Creative Commons Attribution, Sharealike, Non-commercial (or less restrictive) license.
     
  • Webcast Academy participants are responsible for the content of their own contributions to the community and its shows. Any expressed opinions, viewpoints, endorsements, or recommendations are solely those of the contributor. Webcast Academy does not assume any liability for content produced by its members
     

Badges & Certification

Upon successful completion of the basic program requirements, interns will recieve a 'Webcaster Badge' and an Academy Certiciate of Proficiency. They can then apply for a Worldbridges Webcasting License and become eligible to become a 'producer'  at any of Worldbridges' webcasting communities.

  Academy graduates (webcasters) are asked (not required) to serve as guides for at least one future Academy session (not necessarily the one immediately following theirs). They are also eligible to receive advanced certification from The Webcast Academy (details of which will be ironed out during future Academy meetings).

 

Webcasting Overview

Webcasting has come to mean any way of streaming a live conversation so that others can listen in and/or participate. There are an ever increasing number of ways to webcast and methods can vary significantly based on operating system (Window, Mac, or Linux)

Webcasting Overview (Mac)

 Hopefully a 'one page webcasting guide' for Mac will be producing soon.  In the meantime, the resources below should provide some guidance.

Webcasting Overview (Windows)

How to stream a Live Interactive Webcast from a Windows PC's
(Mac users, check out Alec's Guide and Mac Screencasts here)



 

What you'll need

Internet Connection
In order to webcast, you need a stable internet connection that provides at least 100kbs upload bandwidth (which means dial-up connections will not work). If you plan to have more than one or two people in a skype call, you will probably need a bit more than that. You can test your bandwidth at  AuditMyPC.com ,or speakeasy.net . You can install NetMeter on your computer to measure and collect real time data on your upload and download speeds.

Hardware

  • Soundcard - you will need a soundcard that has 'stereo mix', 'What U Hear', or 'Wave out mix' as a recording option.
    Many recent Dell computers do not come with this option, but you can find information about a work around here.
  • Microphone - It is necessary to use either a desktop USB mic like this or USB Headsets like these which have two separate inputs for  the mic and ear piece. Models that have been confirmed to work include: You can also use a USB audio adaptor like this.
    Non-usb headsets or USB headsets that do NOT have the two separate inputs for mic and ear piece will not work (without a separate USB adaptor) and may cause severe anxiety for webcasters attempting to use them! Actually, with some soundcards it may be possible (as shown in this screencast), but echo issues have always prevented this from being a viable option. If you can demonstrate otherwise, please let us know.
  • Computer Specs - There are no other fixed minimum hardware requirements, but webcasting with anything less than 512kb RAM or the equivalent of a Pentium 4 would probably be pretty difficult.

Software


Capturing both ends of a call

Overview
The major challenge of producing a live interactive webcast is capturing both ends of a telephony call in a way that it can be streamed. If all you want to do is record both ends of a call without streaming it, there a number of programs that can be used (see this page for more info). To do so in a way that allows the audio to be streamed live, it is necessary to use an audio bridging tool like Virtual Audio Cables along with the hardware described above. There are other ways to do this, additional hardware and/or software is usually required.
ScreenastScreencast

 

Setting up your microphone and headset
  • If using a USB Desktop mic, plug it in to any USB port. Plug any headset into your standard speaker jack.
  • If using a USB headset (with separate jacks for mic and earpiece), plug it into any USB port, remove the earphone jack and plug it into the standard speaker jack as shown below.


Configuring your computer so you can capture both ends of a telephony call.
Parts of this will vary from computer to computer and it is possible that webcasters will need to go through some trial and error to get this working. The most common places to alter settings are your Windows Volume Control, Sound & Audio Device Settings, & your Telephony audio settings.
  • By default, most computers are set up to record from your microphone. This needs to be changed. Using Windows Volume Mixer, set the Recording Control Properties of your soundcard to 'stereo mix' , 'What U Hear', or 'Wave Out Mix'. With some sounds cards you will select his item, with others you will make sure it's unmuted'.
  • In Sound & Audio Device settings, select your sound card as the recording device in the 'Audio' and 'Voice' tabs.
  • Open Audacity. In Edit/Preferences/Audio I/O , select your sound card as your recording device.
  • Open the Audio settings of your telephony program. In Skype, it's under Tools/Options/Audio Settings. For microphone, select your USB microphone.
  • Install Virtual Audio Cables (the trial version will work for experimentation purposes, but to produce actual webcasts, you will need to purchase the full version (US$30). Go to Virtual Audio Cable in your start menu and click 'Audio Repeater'. In the 'wave in' section, select your USB mic. In 'wave out', select your sound card. For total buffer, select 100. You can experiment with the other settings, but it shouldn't be necessary to change any of them. Press 'Start'. Open the Audio settings of your telephony program. In Skype, it's under Tools/Options/Audio Settings. For microphone, select your USB microphone.
  • If all is working properly, after you press start, you should hear an echo when speaking. You are now capturing all audio on your machine - your voice, voices of others in the telephony call, audio played from media players, program noises, etc. (Note: you might want to disable notification noises in Skype and other IM programs)
  • Call someone (you can call skype lady at 'echo123'). Press record in Audacity, and you should see that you are recording audio when you speak and when the other person speaks. If so, you're ready to move on to streaming. If not, let the troubleshooting begin.

Live Interactive Streaming

Once you've succeeded in capturing all audio on your computer, there are several ways to stream this audio so others can hear.
  • Commercial Streaming Services - sites like live365.com and Streamguys.com allow users to stream from their servers for a monthly fee (US$10+/month)
  • Free streaming Services - an ever-increasing number of sites like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Yahoo Live, BlogTV, Justin.tv, Livevideo.com, and Kyte.tv allow users to stream for free. Most of these are video based, but can be used to stream audio only.
  • Worldbridges Shoutcast & Icecast Streams - after participating in the Webcast Academy, 'interns' can apply for webcasting permission from any streaming community that is part of the network. In order to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server, you need to install a streaming program on your local computer. Examples include Simplecast , SamBroadcaster, Oddcast, & Winamp.
  • It is worth noting that online presentation tools like WizIQ and DimDim (free) and Adobe Acrobat Connect and Elluminate (very not free) can also be used to facilitate online conversation and do not required the audio setup described above.
Streaming with Ustream
Screencast
Whichever method you use to stream, you'll need to set 'microphone' or 'audio in' to your soundcard. Most of these tools provide a way to automatically record or 'archive' what is being streamed. Webcasters may want to use Audacity to record as well because it provides a higher quality source recording and also provides a more accurate way to measure audio levels during a webcast. Below are step-by-step instructions for using Simplecast and Ustream.tv to stream

Simplecast
Simplecast is a commerical program available from SpacialAudio.com. that can be used to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server. There is a free trial version that does not expire.

  • Open Simplecast. Click 'Start'. Then, click 'Config' and on the 'General Options' page, select your sound card under 'Capture Sound from Device'. Click OK.

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  • You should now see volume meter movement on the right side of the main Simplecast Window.

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  • Click 'Encoders'. Click the '+' sign to add an encoder and choose either 'mp3 and mp3Pro' or 'Legacy mp3'.

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  • In the 'Converter' tab, select a format. Higher bitrates (kb/s) will result in higher quality audio with less stream delay, but may cause problems for those with relatively slow internet connections.

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  • In the 'Server Details' tab, choose the appropriate server type, and enter the access information for the server you're using.

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  • In the 'Stream Archive' tab, check 'save stream to file' and browse to find the directory in which you'd like to save the recording.
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  • When you're ready to stream, RIGHT click the encoder and click 'start'. You should now be streaming. To check the stream, go to the 'listening' page for that stream (i.e. WebcastAcademy.net/live ) and click one of the media player icons. You should be able to hear what is being streamed (with a 20~60 second delay).

Ustream
  • First you will need to register at Ustream.tv
  • Then click 'Broadcast Now' or if you've created a show, click 'My Shows' and then 'Broadcast Now'.
  • Either way, the Broadcaster window should pop up. Click 'allow' when the Adobe Flash Settings window appears.
  • Uncheck 'video broadcast' unless you plan to stream video. Select your soundcard where it says 'Audio Source'. Maximize audio quality unless you notice bandwidth problems. Check your Ustream Volume setting to make sure it isn't peaking too much (volume meter will show red if so). There are additional settings and tools you can use toward the bottom of the window (Advanced settings, create poll, cohost, etc.).
  • When you're ready to start streaming, click 'Start Broadcast'. If you'd like to create a Ustream recording as well, click 'Start Recording'
  • To check your stream, go to your Ustream listen page (i.e. Ustream.tv/webcastacademy) or anywhere you've embeded the Ustream player and click the play button. You'll get some echo when listening, but should be able to hear what is being stream with very little delay.

Tools and methods used to webcast are constantly evolving, so the information above will likely be out of date soon. For updated information or to ask questions about webcasting, please visit

WebcastAcademy.net

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Step#1 - Academy Policies, Site Orientation & Audio Basics

First Steps  (stay tuned for screencasts and guides)

  • Check out the Academy Welcome and Take the Site Tour
     
  • Register and post a short text, audio , and/or video introduction in the 3.1 Intro Forum
     
  • Skype in to a live Webcast Academy session - if you aren't able to join in live, skype 'webcastacademy' and leave a voicemail
     
  • Read about Collaboration Tools and Post a quick 'hello' in the group skype chat once you've been brought in
     
  • Record a 1-2 minute audio introduction using audio specifications  (Filename: your-name-Introduction-2007-10-xx.mp3) and publish it (create/audio) on this site.  Help Screencast here
     
  • Blog  a 'first steps' reflections (optional)
 


Additional Screencasts & Resources

Collaboration Tools

Collaboration Tools

  • Skype Group Chats
    .  The 'Class of 3.1 group chat' is for all members of the Class of 3.1 and several experienced webcasters who will be providing assistance. The 'Webcast Academy Megachat' is a larger chat open to anyone who has participated in the Academy.   The purpose of both of these chats is to make last minute announcement of webcasts and get real time assistance with assorted webcasting challenge.  While friendly banter is part of the fun of skype group chatting, too much of it will cause some people to tune out.  After a few lines of non-webcasting related chat, please start another group chat with just those involved.  Similarly, please do NOT use the skype chats for posting links unless they are part of a larger conversation.  Use the Diigo (described below) to post links. To be added to a group chat, request so during an academy webcast or skype 'webcastacademy' and leave a voice message requesting to be added to one or both chats.
    Once you're in the chat, make sure to bookmark the chat in your skype program and do not 'leave'.  If you do so, you will need ot be re-added. 
    Please also watch this screencast to learn the basic of skype group chatting.
     
  •  Diigo Webcast Academy Group
       Diigo is a social bookmarking site that we use to collect bookmarks.  Support material here.  Any time you come across a webcasting related website that you think would be of interest to the community, please post it here. Please do not use this for posting links to blogs, personal sites,  search pages, or other Diigo groups.

Step#2 Recording both ends of a telephony call

Skills:   Recording both ends of a telephony call (in a way that will allow you to stream that audio). 
               Audio editing basics.

Resources:  Audacity:  We recommend the Beta Version.  1.3.4
                        Virtual Audio Cables (Windows) and Audio Hijack Pro (Mac)

  Windows
Recording both ends of a telephony cal­l in Windows

Configuring Audio Specifications in Audacity

Setting Preferences in Audacity - Windows

  Mac
      Recording both ends of a telephony call in Mac

Meeting Agenda  Below

 

  • Review of Week One
    • Text and Audio Introductions
    • Uploading Audio to Webcast Academy
    • Specs..... Specs...... Specs.......
    • Feedback left to interns
    • Intern Workshop Session
  • Recording Two-Way Audio
    • Setting up your system. 
    • Virtual Audio Cables For Windows and Audio Hijack for Mac
    • Using Audacity to record
    • Calling the Skype Lady to test or other interns
    • Check the Skype Chat for willing partners
    • Checking Audio Levels in Skype call
  • Audio Editing Basics
    • Using Audacity tools and Effects

Assignments:  

    Record and publish a 3-5 minute telephony call with at least one other person.  Please DO NOT use one of the 3rd party applications that will not support streaming during the next step (i.e PowerGramo, HotRecorder, etc.). Windows users, you will need to get acquainted with Virtual Audio Cables.  Mac users, audio hijack or soundflower.

Step#3 - Live Interactive Streaming

Live Interactive Streaming

Once you've succeeded in capturing all audio on your computer, there are several ways to stream this audio so others can hear.
  • Commercial Streaming Services - sites like live365.com and Streamguys.com allow users to stream from their servers for a monthly fee (US$10+/month)
  • Free streaming Services - an ever-increasing number of sites like Ustream.tv, Mogulus, Yahoo Live, BlogTV, Justin.tv, Livevideo.com, and Kyte.tv allow users to stream for free. Most of these are video based, but can be used to stream audio only.
  • Worldbridges Shoutcast & Icecast Streams - after participating in the Webcast Academy, 'interns' can apply for webcasting permission from any streaming community that is part of the network. In order to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server, you need to install a streaming program on your local computer. Examples include Simplecast , SamBroadcaster, Oddcast, & Winamp.
  • It is worth noting that online presentation tools like WizIQ and DimDim (free) and Adobe Acrobat Connect and Elluminate (very not free) can also be used to facilitate online conversation and do not required the audio setup described above.

Streaming with Ustream
Screencast

Windows
Whichever method you use to stream, you'll need to set 'microphone' or 'audio in' to your soundcard. Most of these tools provide a way to automatically record or 'archive' what is being streamed. Webcasters may want to use Audacity to record as well because it provides a higher quality source recording and also provides a more accurate way to measure audio levels during a webcast. Below are step-by-step instructions for using Simplecast and Ustream.tv to stream

Simplecast
Simplecast is a commerical program available from SpacialAudio.com. that can be used to stream to a shoutcast or icecast server. There is a free trial version that does not expire.

  • Open Simplecast. Click 'Start'. Then, click 'Config' and on the 'General Options' page, select your sound card under 'Capture Sound from Device'. Click OK.

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  • You should now see volume meter movement on the right side of the main Simplecast Window.

    .
  • Click 'Encoders'. Click the '+' sign to add an encoder and choose either 'mp3 and mp3Pro' or 'Legacy mp3'.

    .
  • In the 'Converter' tab, select a format. Higher bitrates (kb/s) will result in higher quality audio with less stream delay, but may cause problems for those with relatively slow internet connections.

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  • In the 'Server Details' tab, choose the appropriate server type, and enter the access information for the server you're using.

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  • In the 'Stream Archive' tab, check 'save stream to file' and browse to find the directory in which you'd like to save the recording.
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  • When you're ready to stream, RIGHT click the encoder and click 'start'. You should now be streaming. To check the stream, go to the 'listening' page for that stream (i.e. WebcastAcademy.net/live ) and click one of the media player icons. You should be able to hear what is being streamed (with a 20~60 second delay).

Ustream
  • First you will need to register at Ustream.tv
  • Then click 'Broadcast Now' or if you've created a show, click 'My Shows' and then 'Broadcast Now'.
  • Either way, the Broadcaster window should pop up. Click 'allow' when the Adobe Flash Settings window appears.
  • Uncheck 'video broadcast' unless you plan to stream video. Select your soundcard where it says 'Audio Source'. Maximize audio quality unless you notice bandwidth problems. Check your Ustream Volume setting to make sure it isn't peaking too much (volume meter will show red if so). There are additional settings and tools you can use toward the bottom of the window (Advanced settings, create poll, cohost, etc.).
  • When you're ready to start streaming, click 'Start Broadcast'. If you'd like to create a Ustream recording as well, click 'Start Recording'
  • To check your stream, go to your Ustream listen page (i.e. Ustream.tv/webcastacademy) or anywhere you've embeded the Ustream player and click the play button. You'll get some echo when listening, but should be able to hear what is being stream with very little delay.