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Successfull experiment with web based training

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-09-30 14:13

I have been meaning to try webcasting for training from a very long time.

I was finally able to try it for a corporate training with a client. This is an account of our experience, hoping that it will motivate those who have been thinking of similar initiatives, to actually give it a try.

The topic for the session was related to object oriented software design, where we discussed the goals that we should have in mind when we design software. There were a total of 5 participants. We used Vyew (http://www.vyew.com) for collaboration. Vyew is an excellent free tool that supports slides, desktop sharing, desktop screenshots, and text chatting. It also has a voice conferencing facility that supports upto 20 participants. However we did not use this feature because participants would have had to make long distance calls to the conference call number. Instead we conferenced using Skype. One user had problems with his mic and could only hear. It was a slight limitation, but he got over it by asking questions over the text chat. I used Audacity to record the session. I used "Wave Out Mix" to record both ends of the conversation, but the incoming audio was not recorded properly, because the speaker volume on Audacity was slightly low.

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Missed Webcast but Learning a Lot

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-09-25 03:11

I'm sorry I missed the Webcast today for the Webcast Academy, but that notwithstanding I have been profiting greatly from all the discussions there and on EdtechTalk. I just started a Delicious account and found Writely for a Chinese professor who wants to have a collaborative Chinese writing project in the lab. The Edtech Talk newscast was a great idea. For the record, I enjoyed the talk between Doug and Dave spanning the northern part of the continent from the end of August.


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Edit a Blog Entry

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-24 15:19

I am trying to edit one of my blog entries. Did the option to edit or go to My Workspace get disabled? I was trying to change a link address but get a fatal error note when clicking on My Workspace. Thanks!

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Back after four weeks' absence

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-24 10:13

Back after 4 weeks away, and hoping, finally, to get streaming. I'd be happy to be contacted by all LwC Academy interns.


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My Blog and Place for Blackboard/DOPA issues

Webcast Academy - Sat, 2006-09-23 05:41

My Blog is finally up. I have been trying to get one that I feel will do all the things I need to do for blogging (especially about DOPA and Blackboard patent issues), resume, work showcase, photos, and the like.

My elgg space is most definately the best version of a blog app I have used but I have a .mac account and want to try combining the .mac blog with the elgg using rss.

I want to keep all my stuff in one place so I can find it to share with everyone. Too many videos and audio in too many places.


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Mac users Workshops - future guidelines

Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-09-20 16:00
Last Sunday's session became a general discussion about all things Mac. While the discussion was interesting it took us away from the intended focus of the session, webcasting for interns. The deviation from program was largely a result of people outside the intern community joining the Skypecast. All future Mac webcasting workshops will no longer be Skypecast. Interns are asked to enter the Academy Chat Room at the beginning of the workshop so that they can be given the Skype Id of the person facilitating the workshop and be brought into the Skype call by that person. This procedure should ensure that sessions stay on topic and do not compromise Academy information that might be considered more confidential in nature. In response to the desire for more general discussion about Macs and their application to education and communication, we are pleased to announce, at Jason Robertshaw's suggestion, MacBridges. While there is not much at the site as yet, stay tuned to 'Upcoming Events' for our first webcast (sooner than you might think!).

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Webcast Academy Proficiency Badges - Part 2

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-09-18 00:36

Ok, I have done a bit more work on these, using the Site that Jason recommended, this is what i have come up with... not sure which icon I want to go with, the pillars or the mic. But the different levels will have a different colour laurel.

  • Voice Recorder - Red
  • Audio Editor - Green (proof2)
  • Webcaster - Yellow (Gold)(proof1)
  • Instructor - Orange

Let me know what you think!

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Meeting 1.2.6 - Sept. 17, 2006

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-17 19:05
Our Weekly Webcast Academy Meeting

- Webcastathon Rescheduled
- 'Commencement Ceremonies'
- Class of 1.3 and 2.1 (EVO special)
- Proficieny 'pillars' & certification criteria

  1. Audio Engineer - record & edit telephony conversation
  2. Streamer - webcast the audio from a telephony conversation
  3. Show Manager - moderate the discussion, manage callers
  4. Publisher - post edited audio and show notes on a website
                     1+2+3+4= Webcaster
- Tech Issues
Chat Transcript Below

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Liz and Randy - First Streamed Show

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-17 17:07

Hi everyone

Liz and I streamed to Sandbox A fairly successfully. We were discussing an article found online which was a presentation to the Education and Technology Committees of the New York City Council by Ellen Meir from the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University.

 We didn't get to start on time because of some technical issues. We resolved those about fifteen minutes after our start time. A few minutes into the show, the chat room let us know that I was coming through but Liz was not. I had forgotten to set the sound capture in SimpleCast to the sound card, so no Liz. We fixed that and were good until the end.

The attached file is from Audacity since the stream recording was not complete until half way through. 

Download MP3 (18.5 MB, 20:18)

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Audacity problems on the Mac

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-17 02:38

I just downloaded Audacity for the Mac. I've used it a couple times on a PC. When I lauch it for the first time, it says "Audacity First Run," and asks me to choose a language (with English being the only option). When I click OK, it just hangs, spinning the beachball and never fully launches.

I thought this might have something to do with my account settings, because I don't usually run as full admin. So I logged into the full admin account and launched Audacity and it eventually came up. So what's going on here? Is this normal? Do I have to have full permissions to use Audacity, or is it something else.

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Edufilter interview with Dave and Jeff

Webcast Academy - Fri, 2006-09-15 15:51

Just found this August 2006 interview with Jeff and Dave: http://edufilter.org/?p=4). Sorry if this is old news. But I found the statistics on listenership and number of downloads insightful. I've wondered about that and thought it might be a important nugget of information to add when discussing Webcast Academy proficiency, i.e., number of listeners reached.

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Mac User Webcasting Workshop Sessions

Webcast Academy - Thu, 2006-09-14 15:17

Thanks to Doug Symington, Paul Reid, Alice Barr, Jason Robertshaw, Lee Baber and Cheryl Oakes for their contributions over the first four sessions. It has been great to have the exchange of information and ideas between Mac users in the community. It has also been good to share in the achievement of people getting up and running with streaming. I look forward to more Mac users joining us for future workshops.

PS check out Lee's live banjo at the end of the Session 3 mp3 file!

Download Session 3 mp3 (14.1MB, 59min)
Download Session 4 mp3 (14.8MB, 1hr, 5min)

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Webcast Academy - Wed, 2006-09-13 11:03


Good to hear from you. When I descend from the Weksh mountains, I will contact you for help.

Thanks for writing,


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Webcasting on a Closed Network

Webcast Academy - Tue, 2006-09-12 23:07

I have been thinking about using Webcasting on our closed network where I work. I am guessing that I would need to set-up a Shoutcast Server,but what I use instead of Skype? Anyone have any ideas?



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Custom badges

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-09-11 16:11

Might be able to generate custom badges using the Official Seal Generator. See attached.

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Challenge to Mac

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-09-11 10:23

I am reading about these Mac successes at streaming and grabbing in Wales, UK on holiday. When I return to Germany in about two weeks' time, I shall continue to fight forthe honour of PCs - and my honour in particular. So far I have met with total failure.


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Webcast Academy Proficiency Badges

Webcast Academy - Mon, 2006-09-11 01:14

Hi everyone, After today's discussion, on Proficiency Badges, and chatting with Jeff and Dave, I am pleased to present some proof of concept Webcast Proficiency Badges. There is still some work to be done on them, but these give the general idea.

You could use them on your website/blog/wiki, make crests and sew them on your jacket, tattoos (not real ones, the ones you use water on), buttons, badges...the uses are endless...

Any comments, suggestions, feedback etc, is greatly appreciated.

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WAW Meeting 1.2.5 - A Webcast Academy Webcast

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-10 20:47
(This was posted using new Drupal audio module)

Webcast Academy Meeting 1.2.5

September 10


- Proficiency 'Badges' and Certification, Intern Portfolios  
   Webcast Components - Streamer, Host, Director, Editor, Publisher, others?
- Shoutcast (self-streaming, stream info, streamripper)
- A Webcast Academy Client?
- Webcastathon Planning
- Book of Webcasting
- Live Video (webcam & desktop) Academy Video Room
      Plug in link below the video window
     Needed Software NSV (Nullsoft Streaming Video) Tools
        Shoutcast Forums - Video Section

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Practice with kicking the host

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-10 14:24

Thanks to Brad and Jason last night, I was able finally to get to kick the host. A virtual kick the can!
At first I planned to just listen. So I brought my USB logitech headphone/mic . This works great for just listening. However, when I went to take over the broadcast things failed.
So, I picked up my Logitech USB mic, and headphones(ipod),then with a restart was able to use Nicecast, hijack the broadcast,SKYPE and archive so you will hear a little bit about our conversation.
Moving along!
It is great to work with a small group of people when troubleshooting.
Oh, I am using Mac intel Macbook, when I first was invited to join the skype conversation, I crashed. I am using Skype, not up to the beta!

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Notes on Webcast Academy Workshop #4b

Webcast Academy - Sun, 2006-09-10 03:23

Brad Hicks hosted Webcast Academy #4b for Macintosh users. cheryloakes and I joined Brad in the conversation. I had my first full succcess, hijacking the Skype call in Nicecast and taking over the stream. Also successfully recorded the Skype call using the ecamm Call Recorder. Thanks for all the help Brad.

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