CSC 442 - ECCE - Section B
The Internet and American Life
University of Illinois at Springfield
Spring 2014
Prof. Burks Oakley II
image of iPod

Podcasting in CSC 442 - ECCE - Section B

Prof. Oakley will be producing a new podcast for the course on a weekly basis.  You are expected to listen to these podcasts.  Note that transcripts of each podcast will be available on the course blog, so you can read the text instead of listening to the audio.

There are several reasons for these podcasts:

Simple way to listen to the podcasts:
You do not need to have an iPod to listen to the podcasts.  Simply go to the course blog at:

and download the mp3 files directly to your computer.  Then play the mp3 files with any appropriate (free) software, such as the Windows Media Player or WinAmp.

You also can play the podcasts directly within Blackboard (Prof. Oakley will post a link to each new podcast in the "Podcasts" menu item on the Course Menu at the left of the Blackboard window.

Recommended way to listen to the podcasts:
Download the free iTunes software from and install it on your computer.  Subscribe to the RSS feed for the CSC 442 section B podcast.  This feed is at:

Copy the above URL.  Open iTunes.  Select "Subscribe to Podcast..." from the "File" menu. Paste the URL into the "URL" box and click "OK".  Then whenever you run iTunes, new podcasts will be downloaded to your computer automatically, as they become available.  Contact Prof. Oakley if you have any questions about this procedure.

Mobile learning:
If you have an iPod or another type of portable mp3 player, you can download the podcasts from your computer to your mp3 player, and listen to them anywhere.  If you use iTunes, you can "burn" a playlist with these podcasts to a CD-ROM, so that you can listen to them on any audio CD player, such as the audio system in your car.

Many smartphones have the capability of subscribing to podcasts.  Here is an image showing the Introductory podcast playing on Prof. Oakley's Android smartphone:

smartphone playing a podcast

Last Updated 2 January 2014 by Burks Oakley II (

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