Business Idea – Podcast Lectures

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I know that many universities are starting to implement lecture recordings into their departments and the technology into the classrooms to be able to record lectures and upload them to iTunes as a podcast lecture. However, if the university could contract out the service, why not?

So, set up a system where you go to the different classrooms and either rig the podium with voice recorders or hook the professor up with a mobile microphone that will transmit to a recorder.

You get some of your buddies in the media production/editing department to help with putting the podcasts together. Add in a class introduction – stating the class, professor, time, and date. Throw a plug for your business at the end with something like “podcasts recorded and edited by XYZ Company.”

Upload the podcasts to a database that students can search and download them from. Send them to the professor weekly so he/she can also have them. At the end of the semester, compile them all on a CD to offer to students for a low cost.

These were just quick ideas on how this could possible be done. What do you think? Many schools are starting to do this already, but it could be worth a shot if you attend a smaller school that many not have a large budget to take on a project like this themselves or have the resources to do so.

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3 Responses to Business Idea – Podcast Lectures

  1. Webenterpriser January 25, 2007 at 10:14 am #

    What happens if the professors don’t want their lectures recorded? Couldn’t they possibly claim copyright infringement?

  2. Chris M Johnson January 25, 2007 at 12:47 pm #

    My university has already started doing this. Actually the work for editing, transcription, and release is done via my department. And you would be surprised how opposed the faculty are of this movement. In a way it is demeaning their value as a lecturer / professor. Once a lecture is recorded then in theory you don’t need the professor anymore.

    I think it’s a good idea, it’s just a matter of convincing the old generation who are giving the lectures that technology is good.

  3. Chris January 25, 2007 at 12:48 pm #

    Well like with any service, they would not have to use it unless it was forced upon them by the University. With what I have read about with how my university is doing this, it is an optional thing that professors can take do to make their lectures available in different media. Its not really much different than providing a powerpoint presentation with the lecture slides in it.

    You could even work to link the two together and make it a presentation with the voice over lecture going along with the slides.

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