Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sloan-C Quality Pillars

Hi everyone! Today's podcast deals with the Sloan-C quality pillars in both qualitative and quantitative terms. For more information about the Sloan-C quality pillars, see:

The transcript of this podcast is at:

The music in today's podcast is Mozart's Piano Quartet in E flat - Allegretto, recorded at the Mainly Mozart Festival - see:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Example of an enhanced podcast

Hi everyone! This posting has a link to an enhanced podcast that I just produced using the GarageBand software on my Macintosh PowerBook G4 computer. Hopefully you can view the images that are part of this enhanced podcast.

-- Burks

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

An Enhanced Podcast from Burks

Hi everyone! UIS Prof. Ray Schroeder lent me an Apple Macintosh Powerbook G4 yesterday, and I have been experimenting with the GarageBand 3.0 software this morning. This blog posting includes a link to my first ENHANCED podcast - which includes some digital photos from my trip to Alaska last summer. You should be able to view this podcast with iTunes, and if you have a video iPod, it should play on it, as well.

-- Burks


Note: This posting originally appeared in the "Burks Demo" podcast series (almost) exactly 2 years ago - on April 18, 2006. See:

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Spoken Word

Hi everyone! Here is a podcast that a student created for my online class this spring. She decided to record this audio, rather than submit a written paper. The handout for this "alternative" assignment is at:

-- Burks

Student-Generated Video

Hi everyone! Here is a link to a video that one of the students in my online class created for an extra-credit assignment:

The assignment is at:

Note that the assignment was to create AUDIO, but this particular student decided to create a VIDEO file instead.

-- Burks

Saturday, April 12, 2008

More student-generated audio

Hi everyone! Here is a podcast that a student created for extra credit in my online class this spring. I'll append the actual assignment below.

-- Burks

Extra Credit #2

Week Four Summary

For this extra credit assignment, you are asked to create an audio recording (3-5 minutes) summarizing your learning experiences during Week Four in PAC442 Section B. What did you learn that was new to you? What would you like to know more about, and why? Which discussion threads were the most interesting to you?

I’ll look for the following in your recording:

  • A definite introduction and conclusion.
  • Your ideas are well organized, clearly communicated, and connect tightly to a central thesis.
  • The listener is left with a good understanding of your perspective and personal experiences.
This assignment is worth up to 5 extra credit points (50% of a weekly homework assignment).

You can use the free Audacity software to record your audio - see:

Alternatively, some of you probably can record audio in *.wav format using your cell phone - I know that is what Yuriy did for his audio introduction.

Finally, if you don’t want to record audio, you can simply post a text message addressing the same issues - but that will only be worth a maximum of 2 extra credit points.

Since this extra credit assignment deals with Week Four, it must be submitted by noon central time on 15 February 2008 in order to receive the maximum credit.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this assignment.

-- Burks

Podcast of a Student Introduction

Hi everyone! Here is an example of how a student in an online class can create a short audio file to introduce himself to the other students in the class. He recorded the audio using his cell phone, and then e-mailed the mp3 file to the course instructor.

-- Burks