Research : 'new practices' in '05

Delia Bradshaw was involved in overseeing three voice-related projects in 2005. You can find out more about these projects at Different Voices, Different Spaces, and many links from her VALBEC presentation in May '06. One of the projects, "Beyond Text" has many case studies built in to the website.

Free Podcast Services

One way to get audio online is to use one of the new 'podcast' services, such as podomatic, gcast or odeo. These services allow you to accept comments, and publish RSS feeds or players also, so you can republish on your own site. (For example you can embed an audio player, and listen to the '06 community leaders talk about their projects here:



Sean Fitzgerald has a terrific intro to podcasting (Link to session here). With Stephan Ridgeway, he's also been involved in "Casting the Net", and in late '05, they broadcast much of the "Cool Connections" conference.

Other ways to embed Audio in your own Web

There are other kinds of audio players, including "yackpack" which allows you to embed audio communication into a web page.

John Tucker produced some audio files for his presentation on 'models of e-learning'. First up, John recorded his voice onto the computer. There are a few ways to do this, John chose to use free (open source) software called Audacity.

John recorded his voice-overs, and exported them as mp3, with a specific 'bit-rate' (32kbps) and 'sample rate' (22mHz). This was to keep the file size low, and to be compatible with the web audio player.

There are many web audio players at the moment; the one michael chose uses flash and javascript to 'stream' the mp3 audio file. (Meaning you can have trouble if people don't have flash and javascript enabled.) Another simpler option, without javascript, comes from the team at "Hot Potatoes" (great software for producing interactive web sites) - more details here.