CourseCasting (LakerCast) Frequently Asked Questions

What is CourseCasting? CourseCasting is a way for the end user to take the lecture with you wherever you go. Based on Podcasting technology, CourseCasting gives you the ability to listen to lectures or supplemental material from participating courses. Students will find LakerCast to complement their studies and the community is also invited to listen and learn with us. In addition to classroom recordings, LakerCast also features recordings of campus activities such as poetry readings, lecture series, special topics, etc.


What is RSS? RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.


How do I subscribe to a CourseCast? You can easily subscribe to a CourseCast, even if you do not have an RSS reader. Outlook  and IE have their own builtin readers and it is very easy to subscribe through either one. Here is a list of software programs that can be used to subscribe to an RSS feed.


Do I have to subscribe in order to access the materials? No, all CourseCasts are available for access right through the LakerCast portal web page. Subscribing to the RSS feed is just one way to access this content.


Who has access? Currently there are no restrictions on who can access materials through the CourseCasting portal. However, in the future, some classes may choose to restrict access to a limited group of people (such as the students who are enrolled in their classes).


Do I need an iPod to access CourseCasts? No, CourseCasting is nonplatform specific and can  be used on both desktop computers as well as most handheld devices such as phones and tablets.


What types of files are included in CourseCasts?  The CourseCasting program offers the ability to access multiple types of digital materials. This includes audio, video, attachments such as PowerPoint or Word documents and even links to web sites.


Why aren’t all classes available through CourseCasting? The decision to CourseCast is entirely up to each instructor. We anticipate expanding the program over time to include more instructors and classes.

What is the difference between streaming and download? To access a streaming file, you must be connected to the Internet while listening/watching that file. Downloading allows you to save the file locally to your computer and allows you to transfer to your portable device for use at a later time.


Why are some files only available in streaming format?  It is the instructor’s decision as to what format they wish to distribute their audio files.


How do I use the digital audio recorder? The digital audio recorders we have for checkout in the library are simple to use. All library staff members are trained in showing you how to use the equipment.  It takes less than a minute to learn how to use the digital audio recorders.


How do I use the digital video recorder? The digital video recorders we have for checkout in the library are simple to use. While a little more complicated than the audio recorders, all library staff are able to give you a brief runthrough of the process.  Depending on the model, it could take less than a minute to be ready to go.