Academy Participation (Getting Started & Curriculum)

Please go through the links below for details on being a member of the Webcast Academy. 
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Site Orientation

We hope the Webcast Academy will provide useful resources and connections to all those who spend time here. Below is some information about the types or resources available and how to  find your way around at this site.

Most resources are publicly available and licensed under a Creative Commons agreement and it is not necessary to register in order to listen to webcasts or participate in the text chat room.
However, in order to post comments or participate in the forum discussions, visitors need to...

Register!
 To make it a little more challenging for spammers, new registrations now require moderator approval. Hopefully, it won't take long. If you don't get activated after a day or two, use the contact form here to send us a 'Hey! Please activate my account!' note.

Complete your profile please - click my account/edit
This is important so you can connect with other community members for your own learning and sharing.

Book of Webcasting
This is the place to start, a collaborative resource, and the place where we all add constantly updated information. This is the place where you will add your own new knowledge. You are currently in the Book of Webcasting.  You can track your progress through the Book from the navigation block in the upper left hand sidebar of this site.

Forums - This is the place for posting questions and finding help.

FAQ -  The place to look for relatively simple answers to  frequently asked questions.

Blogs - Where interns post reflection on their webcasting journey.

Chat Room and Listen (top nav bar) - During our webcasts, we use the Chat Room to text one another. You can use this room anytime you would like to. The Listen page gives you the links to open your particular audio player to hear the live webcasts.

Types of Membership

We welcome participation of all types here at the Academy. Below are details about the different types of memberships and the permissions that go along with them.

 Visitors- Anyone who visits the site. No registration is required to access most of our resources including the Book of Webcasting, theForums , the FAQ , and intern Blogs. It is not necessary to register in order to listen to webcasts or participate in the text chat room. Visitors cannot however post comments, forum questions, or any other kind of content on the site.

Basic Member (no fee) - Registering to become a basic member allows someone to add comments on posts, participate in forum discussions, and complete a personal profile.

Interns - Interns are people willing to make a 6 week commitment to actively participate in an official webcast academy session.  In addition to the above permissions, they can maintain their own blog, edit the Book of Webcasting, and post audio to the site.  They are provided with 100MB of space for their audio files and are given access to stream on the Sandbox A & B channels of the Worldbridges Webcasting Network. There is no fee for those who intend to webcast on the Worldbridges network or produce non-profit, education-related webcasts.

Webcasters - Those who successfully complete an internship are welcome to continue using the Webcast Academy to post shows they produce or to apply for 'producer membership' at any of Worldbridges communities. Webcasters are provided with an additional 300MB of space here.


 

Application


Webcast Academy Intern Application Process

All materials produced here are freely available and everyone is welcome to make use of them.  Those who would like to post comments and participate in forum discussions can register to become  'basic member'.  Those who would like to participate in a 'basic program' internship and can meet the requirements below are welcome to apply to become a Webcast Academy Intern.  The first step in the application process is to read this page in its entirety.

The program is run as a 'collaborate open source learning community'.  A few experienced webcasters will serve as 'facilitators', guiding interns through the process of learning how to produce live, interactive webcasts. Weekly workshops will be held and assignments given.  Attendance at live sessions is not required, but we hope that interns will at least listen to the recordings and participate in other collaborative activities. Interns are provided with streaming access to Worldbridges Sandbox A & B channels and provided with enough space (100MB) at WebcastAcademy.net to post all of their assignments.  There is no fee for those who plan to webcast on the Worldbridges Network or in non-profit or educational environments. For those who plan to do their own commercial webcasting, we ask for a $100 registration fee.


Requirements (Webcast Academy Basic Program - 6 weeks)

     Interns will need to: 

  • spend several hours/week actively participating in collaborative learning community activities (live webcasts, group skype chats, forums dicussions,  etc.)
  • complete weekly assignments
  • produce 3 live interactive webcasts 
  • successfully participate in a Finals Week Webcast Relay
  • complete a 'Webcaster's Portfolio' and at least one 'Webcast Setup Report'
  • stream and publish their own 'gradcast', providing an overview of their webcasting journey and the media they've produced
  • be prepared to face some frustrating challenges and be willing to work through them together with fellow interns
  • accept that this collaboratively built community is a work in progress and full of imperfections.  When encountering things in need of improvement, try to think of how you can help make those improvements and leave the Academy better than you found it.
More detailed information about intern requirements can be found on the Certification and Graduation page of the Book of Webcasting. Upon successful completion of all requirements, graduates will receive a Webcast Academy 'Certificate of Webcasting Proficiency' and become eligible for a Worldbridges Webcasting License. 


Application: OK, if you've made it this far and are ready to begin your internship, please complete these first steps:

  1. Register - create an account here at webcastacademy.net
    Make sure to select intern as you type of membership and complete the Intern Portion of your profile.
    (If you created account a while ago, but only now want to become an intern, simply click 'My Account' / Edit to change your type of membership and complete the intern portion of your portfolio)
  2. Send us a note confirming that you' like to be an intern.
  3. Post a short note of introduction in the Introduction Forum for the class you plan to join.

 


 Thanks again for your interest in the Webcast Academy.  If you have additional questions, please post them in the 'About Webcast Academy' section of the Discussion Forums.

 

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Webcaster Kit

Internet Connection
  
In order to webcast, you need a stable internet connection that provides at least 100kbps 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 Speedtest.net, AuditMyPC.com or speakeasy.net. And you can monitor upload and download Internet speed in real-time using NetMeter.  

Hardware

  • Based on our experience thus far, 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:
    • First choice

      USB headsets that do NOT have the two separate inputs for mic and ear piece will not work and may cause severe anxiety for webcasters attempting to use them! Meaning: Preferably use the recommended USB desktop mic AK5370 for speech audio (separate to the mic input for the sound card), and use the jack headset plugged into the sound card for listening audio. USB mics from webcams do not deliver the quality as the recommended USB desktop mic AK5370. Using speakers to listen will cause interference in the mic. 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.

Software

These are the software tools of webcasting.  Some of them (like skype and gizmo) serve the same basic function, but sampling from the buffet can be a good thing, so interns are encouraged to experiment with as many of these as possible.  Trial versions of commercial programs are available, but as far as unavoidable long-term costs, Mac users will eventually need to purchase Nicecast, Windows users will need to purchase Virtual Audio Cables.

 

 Windows Users
 Mac Users

Basic Set - VoIP, Audio Recording, Webcasting

Other

Basic Set - - VoIP, Audio Recording, Webcasting

Other


In order to record what's happening on our destops and publish the video, everyone should be able to use Jing and Windows users can use Camtasia (30 day free trial). Mac Users can try SnapZPro

     

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.
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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

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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.

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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.

Certification and Graduation

Webcast Academy Certification Process & Graduation Requirements

Basic Program
   In order to receive certification from the Webcast Academy as a 'live, interactive webcaster', interns will need to:

  • complete their internship assignments and participate collaboratively in an Academy session. Interns who enter the Academy with all necessary skills are asked to collaborate by providing assistance to novice webcasters
  • produce, edit and publish 3 interncasts
    • shows need to include some kind of interaction with a live audience and should be at least 15 minutes in length
    • audio should meet Worldbridges specifications, be of 'listenable audio quality',  and include proper ID3 tags
    •  published nodes should include some kind of show notes and chat log
  • complete a webcaster portfolio page
  • create at least one 'webcaster setup' page
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  • stream their own 'gradcast' .  Each gradcast will be different, but the general goal is to demonstrate your webcasting ability, reflect on the process of becoming a webcaster, share lessons learned, and discuss your future webcasting goals and plans.
    Graduationcasts should include
    • a properly posted event listing beforehand
    • an overview of their 'webcasting journey' (original motivations, personal & technical challenges, etc.) 
    • a brief overview of their webcasting setup and any special challenges they faced using their hardware
    • short descriptions of their 3 featured interncasts
    • a discussion of their future webcasting plans and goals

      Gradcasts posts should be published on the Webcast Academy site within a week of webcast and include a link to the intern's webcaster portfolio, the chat log from the webcast, and properly encoded audio (with ID3 tags).

After session leaders verify successful completion of all  tasks, interns will be awarded their  Webcaster Badge and Certificate of Proficiency.   They can then apply for a Worldbridges Webcasting License and become eligible to become a 'producer'  at any of Worldbridges' webcasting communities.   They will also receive 'webcaster' permissions and additional hosting space at The Webcast Academy.

Criteria Rubric

Webcast Academy Portfolio Assessment

Filename sample rate/
bit rate
ID3 Tags Audio Quality Content
Audio Introduction




Telephony Recording






Event Listing
(w/ global times)
Show Notes/
Chat Logs
Filename sample rate/
bit rate
ID3 Tags Audio Quality Content
Interncast #1






Interncast #2






Interncast #3






Gradcast








computer specs soundcard software used mic / headset / other gear screenshot screencast
Setup Description







Introduction Setup Interncasts
Links & Descriptions
Webcaster Portfolio




The text below can be copied and pasted for assessment purposes.   ^  or X

Audio Introduction Assessment
Filename:  
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags:
Audio Quality:


Telephony Recording Assessment
Filename:
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags
Audio Quality:


Interncast Assessement
Event Listing:
ShowNotes/Chat Log:
Filename:
Sample Rate:
Bit Rate:

ID3 Tags:
Audio Quality:
Content:  

Webcast Academy FAQ

This is the old version of the FAQ and is somewhat outdated.

We are working on building the new FAQ here 


 
Frequently Asked Questions About Webcasting
These questions will help interns who have mastered using the basic webcasting tools including: Skype, VAC audio repeater, a recording program like Audacity and a streaming program like Simplecast or SAMS. If you are a complete beginner please refer to the system requirements and download the necessary open source programs.
The answers to these questions came out of a streamed conversation between Doug, Jeff and Kathy on January 7, 2007. You may want to listen to the recording for a deeper understanding of the issues involved in webcasting.
What is the most important thing to consider when planning a webcast?
  • First you will need to ask yourself several questions:
  1. Is this going to be a one-off show or a series?
  2. If you are planning a series you will need to establish a regular day/time, have you checked the schedule for regular openings?
  3. Is my cast best suited for World Bridges, Education Bridges or WebHeads?
    (stay tuned for WB show guidelines, get a sense for 'Worldbridgeyness' here: http://www.worldbridges.net/About_Worldbridges
  4. Have I identified my audience and defined my purpose?
  5. Will I be doing my cast alone or with a team?
  6. Who is on my team? In other words who are the people you will be working with to produce the show?
  7. Do you have relationships with other interns? Use them! Help each other.
  8. What roles will each team member play? You can be a one-man band, or…divide the responsibilities among your members. You will have greater success in sustaining your show if you share the roles. A person who directs one week may produce the next week. Flexibility and the ability to fill in as needed is critical.

What are some ways to divide the responsibility for webcasting among team members?
  1. Producer – plan topic, guests, line up hosts, schedule and assign roles
  2. Streamer – set up the stream, test and manage the stream 30 minutes prior to the show.
  3. DJ – this individual will record the show, edit if necessary and post. They will ensure quality audio and remind the Director or another team member to record a backup copy.
  4. Chat Concierge – This person will be part of the conversation but in charge of welcoming people as they join the chat room. They will instruct new participants who can’t seem to get the stream. They will also bring up the questions posted in the chat room as they represent the silent participant.
  5. Scribe – You may want to line up web resources prior to the show and be ready to locate and post more as needed. The scribe will find and post the links people need in the chat room. This person typically is very resourceful, a fast searcher and has a well stocked Delicious list on hand.
  6. Hosts – The Producer, Director, DJ, Chat Concierge and Scribe will all be part of the conference. As a team you can decide who will be the primary speaker, announcing the opening and closing etc…
  7. Guests – those who will be part of the audio conference. The Producer should brief the guests prior to the show so they can test Skype and add contacts.
  8. Active Participants – people in the chat room who post comments and questions.
  9. Listeners – stream only people.
  10. Downloaders – the individuals who download the podcast
  11. Peers – fellow webcasters who will be happy to give you feedback or answer questions. Keep an emergency Skype ID in your contact list.


Which channel should I use to stream my webcast?
   Interns should generally use Sandbox A & B, and are welcome to continue using the Sandboxes as ' Academy webcasters' after their session is finished.  Graduates are also welcome to apply for membership as a 'webcast producer' at any of Worldbridges other channels.  Stay tuned for more details about that process.


When I determine the dates, how do I book the time?
Book your show by adding an event to the calendar at Webcastacademy.net
To do so, click 'create content/event'. The default time zone is GMT, so if you are posting times in any other time zone, please make sure to select the appropriate time zone. Please also include a global times. You can do so by clicking the link below and choosing to 'modify calculation'
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=8&day=8&year=...


How do I let people know about the show or shows if it's going to be a series? 
  • Post it on your personal blog.
  • Post it on friends blogs.
  • Post it on your website.
  • Ask your guest(s) and team members to do as above.

Why are there two streams?
  All Worldbridges Channels have an 'A' and 'B' so that when possible we can provide higher quality audio (usually 64kbs) to those with relatively fast connections and more accessible audio (24kbs) for those with slower connections. 


Where does the stream come from?
The audio is streamed using a program called Shoutcast that is installed on each of Worldbridges servers.  There are currently 3 servers that are funded primarily with advertising revenues from Korea-based sites, although figuring out a more sustainable funding model for various Worldbridges communities is a major topic discussed during Worldbridges Town Halls. 


Can I host my own stream?
If your computer is set up as a server and you have enough bandwidth you too can install Shoutcast (or another streaming program) and offer your own channels! The channels are just different ports you set up. It would be great if more people took this next step and set up streams from their own computer/server. As the community grows it will be helpful to have more streaming capable machines that can be used to relay a stream and increase the potential number of listeners. 


Each of the Communities has a link to a Chat Room, are they different chat rooms?
They are all the same chat space, currently a premium version of addonchat.com. Separate rooms are set up so that if more than one show is on aat the same time, listeners to chat in the appropriate room without confusing each other (more than normal ").


What if the WorldBridges Chat is down?
A backup chat linked at the bottom of the chat window just in case. The URL is http://webcastacademy.net/chat2 . If you prefer a different alternative can announce the URL on air. 


What about saving the chat logs?
We are currently working on a way for all chat logs to be automatically posted online. Right now the chat logsare mailed to the Webcast Academy gmail account and saved in archives. There has been some discussion surrounding the content.  Please be sure to inform all participants that voice and data are recorded and may be displayed.
Can a guest ask you to pull a show? Can they ask you to edit it? There isn't an obligation. You are held accountable just as you would be if you ranted and raved in your own public square.


Can I edit the chat log or voice recording? 
  As the show producer you can edit the logs or audio recording as desired. It's  a good idea to remind all participants before the start of the show that the broadcast is live and will be recorded and published.



How do I introduce the show? Is there a standard?
   There's no required procedure, but commonly webcasters include:

Standardized ID
Show name
Date
Channel of the World Bridges Webcasting network,
ID yourself and your location
For example, "Welcome to xyz Show #22 being webcast live January 1, 2007 on the Sandbox Channel of the Worldbridges Network. This is Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, and today..."


What comes after the show intro?
It's always a good idea to listen to a few webcasts before you establish your own style.  Many people like to Introduce themselves, guests and then give a brief overview/outine of the show content.  It will help you to stay on topic and help allow the listeners to anticipate topics of personal interest. 


Where can I find out more about World Bridges in case someone asks how it started etc?
Check WorldBridges town hall and EdTech talk # 40 and About WorldBridges.


What else can be used to identify the show? Is there an audible cue of any kind?
A World Bridges tone would be nice to have.


So once the audio is set how does the conference or Skypecast get set up?
The latest version of Skype allows 10 people in the conference (sometimes-depends alot on your bandwidth). The person who establishes the Skype conference has control and can bring people in, kick people off or ask someone to leave in order to let someone else in.  Skypecasts have been especially unreliable lately, but can be public or hidden and when they work provide space for up to 100 participants.  Participants can be muted by the host to maintain audio quality. More info about skypecasts here
 

Who should set up the conference call?
  it does not have to be the streamer. As long as a streamer stays on the same call as the host, then discussion audio will be streamed. 

How can I tell if the stream is working?
You can take a look at the listen page http://webcastacademy.net/listen - make sure you are logged in to the site as this page can be unreliable otherwise. You can also access the Shoutcast admin page - more info in this screencast: http://webcastacademy.net/screencasts/streamingpractice/index.html   


What are some of the problems I may encounter using Skype?
Try and get your guests to use skype, microphones and headphones for the best quality. You can also use SKYPE to call to landlines, the sound quality isn't the same, but is usually overcome with the content you are getting from those Web 1.0 people. Sometimes people don't have the bandwidth that skype uses, so the phone is the best bet.

You will have to determine what would best suit the needs of your webcast.  Will you use a Skype conference call or will you set up a skypecast? 
 If you are doing a Skypecast, move to listening only, waiting and on. The people who are on can mute themselves. If you are in a skype conference you can't mute anyone.


How do I decide which to use, Skype Conference or Skypecast? 
A conference call is more stable, easier to monitor and allows up to ten participants in the call.  The audio quality is also superior to the Skypecast.
If audio is bad you can ask them to mute or hang up.The conference call has no delay but the stream has a delay. If you use.30 second stream.
Have guests introduce themselves in the chat room first and then turn on their mic.

Radio shows always do a station ID every so often, should I? 
It's probably a good idea, but not required.  You can also direct people the website, chat room, and  any desktop sharing or other collaboration tools being used. 


How am I supposed to run the show and chat at the same time?

You would be surprised how natural this becomes.  On the other hand it can be very useful to have a team member in charge of meeting and greeting, hence the name Chat Room Concierge (thank you Doug Symington) Acknowledging guests will encourage them to participate and to continue to tune in to the show. There is a lagtime in the chat room. Help make the chatters aware of the 30 second delay.


Is there a live stream recording backup?
The stream does automatically back itself up while running but only if the stream begins by xx:59  and only if the show doesn't break transmission.  You are responsible for recording your own stream and it's a good idea to have another team member recording as backup, just in case you encounter a glitch.  


Is anyone on call in case of emergency?
Make sure you are on the Webcast Academy Skype list and then later the skype group chat for any other community you webcast from.


Is there an official checklist for mac and pc users to use prior to the cast?
Not exactly, but thanks to the Class of 2.2 we're making progress.  Although it might be useful to have a basic list, each webcaster develops their own routine.  If anyone would like to post their routine they are welcome to share.

What is the procedure for posting a show?
   See the /info page for details for you webcasting community (i.e. http://webcastacademy.net/info )

Can I just have a stand up night when it’s just me?
 Sure, as long as it's OK with your home community.  It's fine here at the academy. You can be a DJ and play podsafe music or play clips from other 'open content', or simply ramble as long as you'd like.