A few proof-of-concept trials are underway using the PodPress web-based delivery system to inform on improvements to the identified Moodle iPodcast module.
Work is also underway in collaboration with Student Services and COLMSCT and PILS CETLs to provide advice on producing podcasts, both at ‘silver’ production standards in-house, and ‘bronze’ standards from desktop machines.
Some course team staff and ALs have already tried alternative podcast hosting arrangements, which are also informing development.
A student podcast survey to the newly appointed PRESTO panel will be released soon.
Future enhancements to an outsourced Audio Recording Tool are anticipated to improve on ease of content creation.
A joint group reviewing iTunesU has been convened between Strategy Unit, OBU, KMi and Marketing, aiming for a public area to collate course, discipline and Open2 content.
RSS News feeds are being integrated in relevant blocks and modules, in addition to Atom formats, where appropriate.
Initial exploration of an SMS provider for Student Services, Edutxt is being taken under consideration. Recent developments from UKERNA and a JANET txt SMS service operated by PageOne:
http://www.ja.net/latest/news/JANETtxtpressrelease.html may alter requirements.