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Help! How do I...
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 30 December 2005, 1:47 PM
 
Use this topic to request help with your Classcaster Blog.

Use the 'Reply' link below to post to this topic.
 
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Re: Help! How do I... Create Categories for Separate Classes
by Jennifer Martin - Sunday, 1 January 2006, 9:10 PM
 

I know this is covered in the FAQ, but I can't seem to figure out how to create Categories for separate classes.  Jmartin

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Re: Help! How do I... Create Categories for Separate Classes
by John Mayer - Sunday, 1 January 2006, 9:51 PM
 
Good question. 

First, login to Classcaster. 

Second, click on your blog's name after "Administer your Blog".

Third, click on "Manage" from the topmost menu bar.

Fourth, click on "New Category" to create new categories.  (i.e. Contracts or Torts).

Now, when you post an article or a podcast to the blog, choose that category.


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How do I Combine Multiple MP3s into a single MP3?
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 3:46 AM
 
There is a 3 minute screencast showing how to combine multiple MP3s into a single MP3 for uploading as a single podcast here.  
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Re: How do I Combine Multiple MP3s into a single MP3?
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 5:00 AM
 
I have also created an HTML version of this FAQ.  It can be viewed here.


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Re: Help! How do I...
by Jennifer Martin - Monday, 9 January 2006, 12:09 PM
 

I tried to upload a podcast (wma) as a file to my blog today and got the following error doing the file upload:

PHP does not have iconv() support - cannot convert from UTF-16LE to ISO-8859-1

I just used the digital recorder and played it on my computer, so not sure why it is not working to upload.

Please help.  Jennifer Martin

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Re: Help! How do I... Upload WMA files.
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 9 January 2006, 1:48 PM
 
Jennifer,
You need to convert the files to MP3 before uploading to Classcaster.  Here's what to do:
  1. Download a utility called FFmpeg here.  This will allow you to convert the WMA files to MP3 files that can be uploaded to Classcaster.
  2. Install FFmpeg by launching the ffinstall.exe file you downloaded.
  3. The install will place an icon called MakeMP3 on your desktop and create folders named classcaster and classcaster\archive in your My Documents folder.
  4. To use the utlity plug your recorder into a USB port, locate the WMA file you want to convert, and drag it onto the MakeMP3 icon.  This will launch the ffmpeg utility and create an MP3 from your WMA file.  The MP3 is saved in your My Documents\classcaster folder and the original WMA file is moved from the recorder and saved in My Documents\classcaster\archive.
  5. Upload the MP3 to Classcaster using these instructions.

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Re: Help! How do I... create the actual podcast?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 4:51 PM
 
The instructions include this:

-- At the point where you want to insert the file, click on the 'Insert Recource' icon. --

I don't have such a button. Using Safari for OS X; doesn't show up in Firefox either. Do I have to dig out a Windows machine?

Thanks,
Bill Childs
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Re: Help! How do I... create the actual podcast?
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 9 January 2006, 5:53 PM
 
Bill, you should see a row of buttons at the top of the box you are writing the post in.  The 'Insert Resource' icon is the second to last button on the right.  I'm pretty sure no one has looked at the editor on a Mac, but it should work.  If you are not seeing any buttons on the top of the text box, let me know.

BTW, I'll correct the spelling of resource:)
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Re: Help! How do I... create the actual podcast?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 7:20 PM
 
Nope, those buttons aren't there. That's not unlike an issue I've seen elsewhere (perhaps Blogger?) where formatting buttons don't show up in Safari. Ordinarily there are alternatives available -- perhaps I can put in the relevant XML tags by hand?
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Re: Help! How do I... create the actual podcast?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 8:00 PM
 
Aha!

I observe this in the LifeType wiki (I think classcaster is built on lifetype, f/k/a Plog, right?):

The HTMLArea control is a great piece of software but it only works in IE 5.5 or higher and in Mozilla 1.3b or higher. It won't work at all in Konqueror, Safari, Opera, Omniweb amongst others.

I'm a little confused about why it's not working in my Mozilla browser, but at least that's starting to explain things. Any ideas about my handcoding the XML?
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Re: Help! How do I... create the actual podcast?
by William Childs - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 8:11 AM
 
(Why, yes, I do talk to myself a lot.)

I figured this out. After I updated to Firefox 1.5 (I was on 1.0.6, I was surprised to discovery), those buttons appeared. You may want to add a FAQ for OS X users to use Firefox 1.5 rather than Safari or any other Mac browser.

So the only issue remaining is the uploading of files. For now I can use space on my server, but I'll run out of space relatively quickly doing that...
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 5:07 PM
 
I have followed the directions on posting the MP3 twice. Both times, it appears to be working, except that the MP3 doesn't actually get into the folder into which I have directed it (or, so far as I can tell, any others).

Help?

Bill
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 9 January 2006, 6:00 PM
 
Bill,
Are you seeing any errors?  As I mentioned above, this hasn't been tested in the OS X environment, so this may be where the issues lie.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 7:21 PM
 
Nope, no errors. Again, maybe there's a workaround? (Can I FTP it to somewhere?)

Feel free to take this conversation to e-mail if it's not of sufficient general interest.

I do have a Windows machine available, but it's going to add another step to what's already a mildly complex process...

Thanks,
Bill
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by William Childs - Monday, 9 January 2006, 8:01 PM
 
And yet another reply:

I just tried uploading this on a Windows machine, and no luck. It acted as if it was downloading for what seemed like the appropriate length of time (probably 15-20 minutes for a 39MB file), and then...it's not there.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 8:23 AM
 
File uploads are currently limited to 32 megabytes, which should be enough for about 2 hours of mono MP3 audio.  What sample rate are you using?
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by William Childs - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 9:10 AM
 
64. I'll bring that down a little bit, I guess, and will check to make sure I have it in mono.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 9:28 AM
 
OK.  Something to keep in mind is the target device for this audio, usually some lo-fi MP3 player like an iPod or a PC.  And then there are those earbuds:)  Anyway, we tend to go 22050 mono for the sample rate which provides perfectly fine quality for listening to a lecture.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Carole Buckner - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 12:47 AM
 
I had the same problem - it looks like the MP3 file is uploading - but it never finally uploads.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Carole Buckner - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 1:41 AM
 
I had no problem uploading the same file to the Lexis Blackboard website.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 8:58 AM
 
Carole,
How big is the file?  Have you converted it to MP3?  What browser are you using?
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Carole Buckner - Thursday, 12 January 2006, 10:39 AM
 
I think it is oversized, about 43 megs - which is a 1.5 hour class session.  I use an iRiver T30 recorder ( I will try the recommended one, when I get it) which does not require any conversion to get the file in MP3 format.  I use an internet explorer browser.  Since this file loads just fine onto the Lexis website, I assume that it is just too large for the CALI site.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 12 January 2006, 12:16 PM
 
Carole,
Sorry for the delay.  You are right about the size, that was the problem.  I increased the max file size to 64 megabytes so please try to do the upload again.
Elmer
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Carole Buckner - Thursday, 12 January 2006, 1:42 PM
 
Thanks!  I reduced the recording quality on my recorder, which resulted in a smaller file for my second class session. I don't think the lower quality will be any problem for listeners.  But I will try to post the first class (larger file) again now.  The smaller files went up with no problem.
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Re: Help! How do I... get the MP3 to actually upload?
by Carole Buckner - Thursday, 12 January 2006, 2:10 PM
 

Posting the larger file worked just fine now.  Thanks for your help.

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Re: Help! How do I...edit
by Charles Shafer - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 10:01 AM
 
i RECORDED A MESSAGE AND GOT IT ON THE BLOG.  HOWEVER, I CANNOT EDIT THE TEXT OF THE POST.  I CANNOT DELETE THE INSTRUCTIONS TO EDIT AND INSERT MY OWN TEXT.
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Re: Help! How do I...edit
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 10:54 AM
 
  1. Login to the Dashboard.
  2. Select your blogname after Administer your blog.
  3. Select Manage from the top most menu.
  4. Under Manage Posts, select Posts.
  5. From the list of posts, click on the title of the one you want to edit.
  6. Once you are done editting, click the update button.


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Re: Help! How do I... tweak a Classcaster template
by Diane Murley - Friday, 13 January 2006, 9:46 AM
 
Is it possible to tweak an existing Classcaster template?  I would like to make a couple of changes to the sidebar, but I don't see how to do this with the pLog Admin interface. 

The specific changes I would like to make are:  
  • Hiding the Menu options, because my students won't need them and their presence will cause confusion; and
  • Add a FeedBlitz or RMail subscription form.
How can I make these changes?  Thanks

Diane Murley

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Re: Help! How do I... tweak a Classcaster template
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 13 January 2006, 11:12 AM
 
Diane,
Sorry, it is not possible for an author to tweak the blog interface beyond adding links (as I see you have done).  While there are a number of templates to select from,  the templates cannot be directly altered by the blog's author. 
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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Friday, 13 January 2006, 11:09 PM
 
I created a CHECKLIST of all of the things that you need to be able to do to podcast and links to FAQs or other things that help you to do them. 

This is in the project FAQ and can be found here.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Danne Johnson - Monday, 16 January 2006, 8:44 PM
 

I have attempted to get the recordings of my first 2 classes up but I have been unsucessful...

HELP..

I have installed MakeMP3 on to my computer.  I can see the icon on my desk top.  I can see the folder classcaster in my documents and a folder inside for archives.  I named the files on my digitasl recorder Jan. 12, 2006.wmp.  I tried to drop on the icon for makemp3 and nothing happens... 

where have I gone wrong?

Thanks

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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Monday, 16 January 2006, 10:20 PM
 
'...I named the files on my digitasl recorder Jan.12, 2006.wmp...'

Two problems here. Don't use commas or periods in the names of files. Try a name like ...

Jan122006.wma


Second problem is the 'wmp'. The file format coming from the Olympus WS-100 is 'wma' and if you change it, MakeMP3/ffmpeg will get confused about what it is converting.

Hope that helps. Regards,
John
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Danne Johnson - Monday, 16 January 2006, 11:09 PM
 

Made these changes and it is still ignoring me...  Named jan122006.wma.  When I drag the doc and drop a black box comes up and goes away really quickly...  But when I check the folder it is empty...

Can you think of anything else.

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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 12:06 AM
 
The behavior you describe is about that should happen - except the black box should last a little big longer if you are converting a large file. 

Just double-checking - you are looking for the converted file in...

c:\documents and settings\<your windows login>\mydocuments\classcaster

...right?

I will call you tomorrow to follow up. 

John
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Andrea Johnson - Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 6:34 PM
 

I had the same problem as Danne Johnson. The file extension is wma.   It is a small file 3.6 kbps. You indicated in the forum that you would call. I had our tech person look at it and was unable to troubleshoot. Please advise.

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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 9:03 PM
 
I have found an alternative to ffmpeg that is free for downloading (not shareware) and I have posted the link and an explanation of how to use it in the FAQ here
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FFmpeg not working properly
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 1:05 PM
 
Danne, Andrea,
Would you check the following for me before trying John's alternative:
  • Are you using Windows XP?
  • Is ffmpeg.exe installed in c:\program files\ffmpeg?
  • Do the folders c:\documents and settings\<USERNAME>\My Documents\classcaster and classcaster\archives exist?
  • Is your PC configured to save documents to a network?
Thanks, this will help us get to bottom of the problem so we can help everyone.
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Re: FFmpeg not working properly
by Danne Johnson - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 2:22 PM
 

Part of my problem was that the username was defaulting to djohnson, my actual username is djohnson.ocu.  There were some additional problem that the tech people were working on.

I have moved on the SWITCH as the converter.  Are there any problems that I should be aware of?

Thanks

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Re: Help! How do I...
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 9:36 PM
 

Elmer,

My recorder arrived today and I hope to tape my first podcast sometime this week.  In the interim, a question.  I am posting summaries but occassionally still record a class for a student who is absent for a good reason.  I am still considering whether I want to generally post those lectures.  If I decide not to, Is it possible to have a passworded section or separate page for classes so that these are made available to those students?

Thanks.
Debra

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Password protecting a single post
by Elmer Masters - Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 8:19 AM
 
I've added a plugin that allows you place a password on a particular post.  You will need to activate it:
  • Login to the admin section of your blog.
  • Click on Control Center.
  • Click on Secret Post under Security Plugins.
    • You may need to refresh the page to clear the cache so the link shows up.
  • Enable the plugin.
Now when you create or edit a post you will see a couple of new fields.
  • Below the Topic entry is password_field.  This is where you can enter the password for the post if it is so protected.
  • In the right hand menu column, beneath the Categories list is a check box to Enable Password Protection for this post.  If you check it and include a password in the password_field only folks with the password will be able to read the post.
To make effective use of this feature, place the information you wish to protect, like the link to the podcast, into the Extended Text area of the post.  Whatever you enter into the Text area of the post form will still be displayed.  The entire post, including the protected part, is included in the RSS feed.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Danne Johnson - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 12:27 AM
 

I tried to put the play it now link in the blog and the voices come out twice as fast...  HELP

<p>Play It Now! <object width="17" height="17" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.classcaster.org/button/musicplayer.swf?&amp;song_url=http://johnsons_civ_pro_ii.classcaster.org/blog/resource/podcast/download/Jan102006.wma.mp3&amp;">
<param name="movie" value="http://www.classcaster.org/button/musicplayer.swf?&amp;song_url=http://johnsons_civ_pro_ii.classcaster.org/blog/resource/podcast/download/Jan102006.wma.mp3&amp;" />
<img width="17" height="17" src="noflash.gif" />
</object> </p>

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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 1:56 AM
 
Wow!  We'll have to wait for Elmer to look into this.  I bet he tells us its a FEATURE and not a BUG since students are so caffienated that they WANT to listen to your lectures at double speed ;-).

John
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Play it now not working.
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 1:09 PM
 
Danne,
The sample rate on the files is not right.  How are you converting the files from WMA to MP3?  The sample rate needs to be at least 22050 to work with Flash and the sample rate on your files is listed as 16000.  If you let me know how you are doing the conversion, I can help you correct the sample rate so the Flash player works.
Thanks.
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Re: Play it now not working.
by Danne Johnson - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 2:19 PM
 

My conversion was done through SWITCH.

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Re: Play it now not working.
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 20 January 2006, 1:43 PM
 
Danne,
Please make sure that your WS-100 recorder is set to record in HQ mode.  See this FAQ for instructions on changing the recording mode.  Once you are recording in HQ mode, the sample rate will be fine to use wit the 'Play it now' feature.
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Re: Play it now not working.
by Danne Johnson - Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 9:58 PM
 
I tried again using HQ mode and it still won't play in regular speed...  Any additional suggestions.  The conversion was done through switch.
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Re: Help! How do I Link to an existing CALI Podcast
by Debra Cohen - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 7:47 PM
 

I want to add a link to Professor Martin's Battle of the Forms podcast.

Is that possible?

Thanks

Debra

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Re: Help! How do I Link to an existing CALI Podcast
by John Mayer - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 9:06 PM
 
Very simple. Go to the blog, right click and choose "copy link" or whatever your browser names it. Paste that into a link in a blog post.

Here's the link to the blog post on CALI_radio...

http://cali_radio.classcaster.org/blog/podcast/2005/09/23/contracts_ucc2207

... or link directly to the podcast itself...

http://www.classcaster.org/resserver.blodId=28&resource=JenniferMartin_UCC2207.mp3

Might be best to link to both. 

John


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Re: Help! Editing...
by Debra Cohen - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 7:51 PM
 

I seem to recall that at one time you recommend audacity to edit audio files.  Is that still true?  If I use it, do I use "their" mp3 converter or will the one you recommended for the Olympus files work for that too?

Again, Thanks.
Debra

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Re: Help! Editing...
by John Mayer - Thursday, 19 January 2006, 9:09 PM
 
Yes!

Audacity is great for editing and free. 

Get it here... http://audacity.sourceforge.net

You cannot open WMA files (the ones that come from the Olympus) directly in Audacity, so you will need to use ffmpeg or Switch to conver the file to something that Audacity can read like WAV or MP3.  In this situation, I suggest converting to WAV so that there is no loss of fidelity and then opening/editing in Audacity and saving as MP3. 

John
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Diane Murley - Friday, 20 January 2006, 9:55 AM
 
I see where we can check statistics on the number of hits to our blogs and where they linked from. 

Is it also possible to see how many people have subscribed to the feed?  They may only visit the blog infrequently.  I can tell how many people have subscribed to the email option I set up by going to FeedBlitz, but I don't know how to check stats on the regular feed.

Thanks.

P.S. Elmer, thanks for tagging all our blogs at del.icio.us.
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Stats for Tracking Usage?
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 20 January 2006, 10:37 AM
 
You're welcome:)
At the moment there aren't any tracking stats available beyond the raw stuff available at various points in the admin pages.  I am looking at a options for adding tracking to the feeds so we can get counts as to how many subscriptions there are.
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Re: Help! How do I...Open the recorder to reach the USB terminal
by Richard Carlson - Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 10:53 AM
 
I can't open my recorder to reach the USB terminal.  I've pulled hard enough to worry that I'm breaking it, but nothing moves.  The instructions that came with the recorder have a picture of the recorder open to expose the USB terminal, but they do not explain how to open the recorder to that position.
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Re: Help! How do I...Open the recorder to reach the USB terminal
by John Mayer - Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 12:04 PM
 
The first time, the two halves of the recorder may be 'stuck', so try grabbing the recorder as shown in the picture and 'twisting' each piece in opposite directions - just a little.  Then pull it apart. 

The picture shows where to hold the two pieces and the lotted line shows where the two pieces seperate.

ws100seperate.jpg
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Open the recorder to reach the USB terminal
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 12:26 PM
 
Make sure that the On/Off switch on the back of the WS-100 is completely in the off position.  This switch doubles as a locking mechanism so that you cannot pull out the USB portion while the swithc is in the on position.  Note that the recorder may appear to be off even though the switch is set to 'On'.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Jennifer Martin - Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 3:15 PM
 
Some of my students have reported difficulties accessing the audio parts of the blog.  If they either click on the the file or try and download it, then the computer locks up.  The students experiencing this have been either using the WNEC student computers in the lab or their own personal computers.  Does it matter whether the computer is new or not?  The type of software needed to use the MP3?  Has anyone else had reports of this problem from students?  I've had no problem running the files from my computers and many of my students have had no problems, but some clearly have.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 6:42 PM
 
I can see students having problems with lab computers.  These PCs are usually locked down tight to prevent users from downloading MP3s in the form of illegal music files (e.g. Kazaa or Gnutella).  This is problematic because your MP3s are legal and educational. 

The lockup problem sounds just like the school's network firewall stopping the download in the middle as an illegal download prevention system.

The same thing could be happening with student computers that are attaching to the school network.  The same download prevention could be in place for any computer on the school network, but it could be somehow enabled for faculty or staff computers.  It's worth having a conversation with the local tech support folks to see if there is something they can do. 


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Re: Help! How do I...
by Jennifer Martin - Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 8:53 PM
 
That is probably the answer on the lab computers.  Is there any good reason why the laptops might not work?  Would it depend then if the students are at school on the wireless network?  I'll ask the students to clarify if they are having the problem when they are not at school.
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Problems downoading or playing MP3 files
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 2 February 2006, 7:28 AM
 
MP3s should play in Windows Media Player, Real Player, iTunes, Quicktime and more.  As John noted, it may be that this functionality is disabled on law school lab PCs.  Other possible problems include an error or misconfiguration in any of the above mentioned programs that plays MP3s.  A new computer may not have the software setup properly to play the files, though I think that would be unusual. 
Beyond checking with local support about any network/firewall issues, check with the students to see if they are able play other sound files. 
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Re: Help! How do I add a file to my blog?
by Debra Cohen - Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 6:16 PM
 

I just posted a summary in which I went over the answer to a sample question.  I would like to post a copy of the question (.rtf or .pdf) on my blog.  Please tell me if I can do this, and if so, how.

Many thanks.

Debra

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Re: Help! How do I add a file to my blog?
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 1 February 2006, 6:48 PM
 
Yes indeed, you can post any file you want to the blog and the procedure is identical to posting your MP3 files. 

Use the same process to upload the file to your blog (as explained in the FAQ here)

Then you do the same thing as with an MP3 by attaching the file to a blog post as decribed in the FAQ here

The system doesn't care whether its an MP3 or an RTF file. 

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Re: Help! How do I...
by Danne Johnson - Monday, 6 February 2006, 3:15 PM
 
I am still trying to use the play now button.  I am recording in the HQ mode, and I am using switch to do the conversion...  Once I insert the button I am speaking 10 times as fast..  any suggestions.
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Using 'Play it now' button
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 3:17 PM
 
Danne,
The sample rate for your podcasts is till less than 22,050 which is the lowest sample rate that Flash know how to deal with.  Since you are recording in HQ mode, it must be something in Switch that is causing the problem.  Check the 'Encoder Settings' button in Switch and make sure that the sample rate is set to 22,050.
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Re: Using 'Play it now' button
by Danne Johnson - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 9:58 PM
 

I have an option on the Switch.  There seems to be an encoder rate and it is set at 24 kbps.  the next choice on the selection is 16 kbps.  I think that it was rec. that I use 24...  Will anything bad happen if I go to 16?  Is it possible to choose 22?

Thanks

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Re: Help! How do I...
by Danne Johnson - Monday, 6 February 2006, 3:16 PM
 

How do I phone in a recoring for my blog?  I did this once before as a sample and it worked.  I tried to call in and the recording won't recoginize my 10 digit number and my pin combination..  How do I reset the system for this purpose...  I need to do this because I did 1/2 of the class with the recorder off...

Thanks

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Creating a podcast with a phone call
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 3:25 PM
 
I checked the database and your phone and PIN ar ethere.  You can review the 10 digit number and PIN in Classcaster by logging in to your blog's Dashboard and selecting 'Manage Classcaster' from the 'Manage' page.  This page will display your phone number and PIN.   Double check to make sure that you are entering the correct numbers.  If the system is stopping you at the recording it is not recognizing the numbers it is receiving. If the problem persists, let me know directly.
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Question about statistics
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 10:15 AM
 

Elmer and/or John

I noticed that there are statistics generated, and I like that it tells me the number of hits to the blog -- but I don't understand the more detailed statitics... Is there anyway to see which particular posts are being hit?

I am posting summaries for my Contracts classes as part of the project and lectures (passworded so not part of the project) for my Civil Procedure class.  I am curious if I can discover which students are using the posting...

Thanks

Deb

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Re: Question about statistics
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 3:33 PM
 
Right now it is not really possible for you to see with any amount of accuracy what posts are being hit.  We do have copious logs for the site, but I'm still looking at how to give individual authors access to better statisitics.
One thing that it is not possible for the system to do is to tell which students, or anyone else for that matter, are accessing a blog.  We do not identify users, so there is no way to tell who is using the blog.

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Re: Question about statistics
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 10:26 PM
 

Thanks for the response.  While it would be nice to know WHICH students are using the posts, I am more than willing to settle for which posts are being hit. 

Because I am posting summaries for my Contracts class for the CALI project and passworded class lectures for my Civil Procedure class, I would like to know whether the Contracts students are using the summaries or my Civ Pro students are listening to the lectures.

Please let me know if this becomes available.

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Re: Help! How do I...Add students as users
by Diane Murley - Monday, 13 February 2006, 6:11 PM
 
One of our professors wants to have students post to his Classcaster blog.  If a professor has created the blog, can students be added as users?  We don't want them to be limited to Comments.  It does not appear that they can register at Classcaster, but we haven't tried.
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Adding students as users
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 3:39 PM
 
At the moment students, or anyone else for that matter, cannot be added as authors.  We have anticipated this possibility and I will add a plugin to the system that will allow people to submit posts to a blog.  The blog's author will then need to review the submission and post it through to the blog.  I will set this up tomorrow (Wednesday) for you to try out.

One of the features we hope to add to Classcaster for the fall is the ability to easily add authors to a blog and to allow a single author to have multiple blogs.

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Changing names of files
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 9:31 AM
 

Can you change the name of a file once it has been uploaded?

Debra

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RE: Changing names of files
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 3:43 PM
 
Sorry, because of the way information is stored in the database you cannot change the name of a file once it has been uploaded to you blog.  You can delete it, and upload it again with a different name. 
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Comments
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 9:02 PM
 

How do students add comments?  One student told me he "clicked" on comment and it would not allow him to add one.

I have checked ENABLE COMMENTS --- is there something special we need to do.

Thanks

Debra

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Re: Comments
by Elmer Masters - Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 10:28 AM
 
By default comments are disabled.  This is to help prevent having your blog overrun with comment spam.  You should be able to activate comments either on a per post basis by checking the 'enable comments' option on the create/edit post form or sitewide in 'Control Center' 'Blog Settings' by checking 'enable comments by default'.  If you enable or disable comments sitewide it only applies to anything created from that point forward.

To further deter comment spam, I strongly recommend using the 'AuthImage' feature which requires comment posters to enter a number that mathces one displayed in a box.  Details on setting up AuthImage are available here.
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Re: Help! How do I...create links from the calendar to podcasts?
by Edward Martin - Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 4:11 PM
 
I notice that some of the CALI blog sites have "links" from individual dates on the calendars directly to podcasts for that particular day. This seems like a very nice feature for my students to use. How do I make these links? Is this feature dependent upon the individual blog calendar template that I selected (obviously, some of the templates do not contain any calendars at all)?

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Re: creating links from the calendar to podcasts?
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 16 February 2006, 8:01 AM
 
Yes, this is dependent upon the presence of the calendar archive feature in the template that is used for the blog.  The Classcaster blogging software has a lot of features that may or may not be exposed in a given template.  The best way to try out the various templates and look for features that you and your students would find useful is to open a couple of browser windows and point one to the admin page of your blog and the other to the blog's homepage.  Then use the 'Control Center' 'Blog Settings' form to change templates and hit refresh on the homepage view to see the new template.  Doing this you can flip through a lot of templates in a few minutes. 

Remember that the templates are sperate from the data in your blog, so changing templates only changes the way your blog looks, not the content in it.

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Re: Help! How do I...change the order in which posted podcasts appear on my blog?
by Edward Martin - Wednesday, 15 February 2006, 4:25 PM
 
I understand that the whole point of a Course Blog is to provide a sort of continuous "diary" of course-related events, lessons, etc. posted in chronological sequence as the course progresses. But, can I go back and alter the sequence of previously posted podcasts? For example, can I insert a new lesson or some new podcast material at a particular place in between two existing podcasts already posted within the Blog? What is the best way to do this? I suppose that I could delete existing podcasts all the way back to the place where I want to insert the new podcast, and then subsequently re-post the deleted podcasts as updated or even new posts, but isn't there some easier way to accomplish the same thing?  
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iTunes
by Lee Peoples - Thursday, 16 February 2006, 8:07 AM
 

I would like to add my podcasts to iTunes.  It appears from our contract that this would be permissible but if I am incorrect please let me know.  Podcasts distributed via iTunes are free, Apple doesn't charge for them.

My second question is has anyone tried this?  I tried submitting them and iTunes said it didn't find any episodes.  I went back and renamed each post Episode 01, Episode 02 etc ... and it still said it couldn't find any episodes.   I have e-mailed Apple but that might take a while.  Jim Milles at U of Buffalo who distributes his podcast via iTunes thought the problem might be that Classcaster might not support ID3 tagging.

FYI to submit a podcast you go to the iTunes store, click podcast, click submit a podcast and then paste in the RSS feed.  Any ideas?

Lee Peoples

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Re: iTunes
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 16 February 2006, 9:39 AM
 
The feed that is generated at the moment by Classcaster does not include the information that Apple requires for including in the iTunes store.  You can subscribe to Classcaster feeds in iTunes by selecting 'Advanced''Susbcribe to podcasts' and entering the feed of hte Classcaster blog you would like to subscribe to.  I plan on upgrading the feeds generated by Classcaster so that they can be registered in the iTunes store at some point in the next few weeks.  The decision to add your feed to the store will be up to individual authors. 

ID3 tagging is supported by the MP3s that you are posting to Classcaster, but it requires using a seperate tool, like Audacity to edit the tags.  I have looked at a number of utilites that make editing these tags easier, but haven't found anything light-weight enough yet.
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Re: iTunes
by Norman Garland - Thursday, 16 February 2006, 10:48 AM
 
I have added my podcasts to my own iTunes subcribe list in the manner Elmer states.  That works fine for my iTunes updating and downloading my episodes as they are posted in Classcaster.  I take it that Lee Peoples means registering each podcast with the iTunes data base for distribution.  Perhaps the new Apple project, iTunes U, might be explored for this purpose.  I met an Apple rep about it at my school, Southwestern Law School.  We are considering being a beta tester for this project.
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Re: iTunes
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 24 February 2006, 8:53 AM
 
I've added the necessary tags to the Classcaster feeds and you can now add them to the iTunes store.
Lee, please try adding your feed again.
I'll be adding detailed instructions in the FAQ over the weekend.
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Re: iTunes
by Lee Peoples - Saturday, 25 February 2006, 7:10 AM
 

Elmer,

I just tried adding them and had some problems.  First I tried posting the RSS feed in as the address and it still said you have no episodes.  Then I tried posting just the URL from the classcaster blog and it said the following:

Error Parsing Feed: Error on line 187, the element li must be terminated by a matching tag.

I asked our Apple rep about this problem and here was his reponse (which I haven't replied to yet)

Lee,


I'm not certain. What program did you use to create the RSS (.xml) file for the podcast? I can't find a button to subscribe, and when I copy the RSS feed url and paste it into iTunes, I get the same message you do - no episodes. I think what's missing is an .xml file that knows about the audio. I forget if you are using a Mac or a pc? Let me know and we'll figure it out.

Barry

Elmer - Thanks for your continued help on this feature that is not essential but would be nice.

Lee

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Re: iTunes
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 27 February 2006, 8:11 AM
 
The problem is in how you are adding links to the MP3s to your blog.  In order for iTunes, or any other aggragator with podcatching capabilities, to see your MP3s as 'episodes' you need to create a blog post and use the 'Insert Resource' to properly insert the link to the MP3 into the post.  Simply adding a link to the MP3 does not include enough information for the system to generate the proper information in the RSS feed that iTunes reads.  Please try editing one of your posts and replace the direct link you have now with the 'Insert Resource' method
It is important to note that merely putting sound files on the net and linking top them does not 'create' a podcast.  Proper podcasting includes blog entries with links to audio (or video, but not on Classcaster yet) files that are formatted in such a way that the blog generates an RSS 2.0 feed that includes specific tags identifying the media file as an enclosure that is to be included with the post.  Using Classcaster to create a podcasting blog post is outlined in this FAQ.  If you follow these steps, your blog will generate an RSS feed that the iTunes Store will recognize.
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Re: iTunes
by Lee Peoples - Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 2:15 PM
 

Elmer,

I followed the steps you outlined and iTunes accepted my blog.  Thanks for all your help and please forgive my not following the simple instructions you all gave out early on in the semester about adding podcasts to the blog.  When I originally tried to do it that way I couldn't get it to work.  The revision process was very easy.

Thanks,

Lee Peoples

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Re: iTunes
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 3:36 PM
 
Lee,
You're welcome, and thank you and all the rest of the Classcasters for your patience as we work through this together.
I will be posting the long awaited FAQ item on submitting your podcast to iTunes just as soon as I wrap up processing of the AALS podcasts.

Elmer.
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Re: iTunes
by Diane Murley - Tuesday, 28 February 2006, 10:07 PM
 
I got it to work, too.  For some reason, it took almost 24 hours for iTunes to approve my feed.  Must have been all those racy legal research podcasts.  wink
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Re: Help! How do I...change the order in which posted podcasts appear on my blog?
by Elmer Masters - Thursday, 16 February 2006, 9:20 AM
 
Actually Classcaster gives you full control of the space-time continuum.  On the right hand menu of the post create/edit form you will notice a 'Date' area.  You can click on the little calendar icon here to bring up a small window that allows you change the date and time associated with a post.  If you wanted to insert a new post or move post to a spot between other posts, just go to this 'Date' feature and change the date and/or time to put the post elsewhere.  You can also use this feature to do future posts.  If you set the date to some point in the future, the post will not appear on the blog until the date and time you select.
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A question about student feedback and THANK YOU.
by Debra Cohen - Friday, 17 February 2006, 6:37 AM
 

I'm not sure which topic area is appropriate for this question, so I will just put it here.

I was wondering about the feedback that CALI is planning to collect from students on this project.   Is there a survey? Something else?  Is there anything available now?

I ask because, as we approach mid-semester I would like to solicit initial feedback from my students.  I like to get mid-semester feedback so that, if they have useful comments and suggestions, I can try and adjust for the second half of the semester.

I think now would be a good time to ask my contracts students as they have their midterm later this morning and the comments from students (as well as hits on the blog) indicate that many more of them have actually used it in the past few days (not at all a surprise...)

ALOS, I also want to take a moment to thank you (Elmer and John) for consistently providing PROMPT and HELPFUL responses to all the questions.  For me at least, you have truly facilitatied participation in this project.

Debra 

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Re: A question about student feedback and THANK YOU.
by John Mayer - Friday, 17 February 2006, 9:02 AM
 
Deb Cohen is right, we should post a mid-semester survey for students. 

I have created a new Disucussion Topic for this to solicit your input on questions.  In a week, I will turn this into an online survey where you can direct your students. 

I assume that we want to be able to distinguish between your students and other students - so we will either need as many surveys as their are participants or ask the students what class they are in.  Do I assume correctly?

The problem is that students may be reluctant to share what is perceived as an evaluation (especially if they have negative thoughts to share) in the middle of the semester.  Perhaps I am being too sensitive. 
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Re: A question about student feedback and THANK YOU.
by William Childs - Friday, 17 February 2006, 10:39 AM
 
I would certainly want to receive class-specific feedback, though I imagine you'd want to be able to combine feedback -- at least to combine all feedback relating to full-class podcasts versus summary podcasts.

As for student reluctance, I think as long as it's anonymous, it would be minimized.
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Adding a submission form to your blog
by Elmer Masters - Friday, 17 February 2006, 9:37 AM
 
I've added the submission plugin to Classcaster.  Instructions on setting up and using it are here.  You can use this plugin to allow students and colleagues to contribute articles to your Classcaster blog.
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Re: Adding a submission form to your blog
by Diane Murley - Friday, 17 February 2006, 11:41 AM
 

Thanks, Elmer.  We have it working.

I had to use a different URL for the link than you recommended.  When we used index.php?op=submissionForm the link went to http://aelr_blog.classcaster.org/blog/aelr_blog/page/index.php?op=submissionForm, which gave us a bunch of error messages, so I took out "page/" and pasted in the entire URL http://aelr_blog.classcaster.org/blog/aelr_blog/index.php?op=submissionForm and that worked.

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Help with submissionForm plugin (was Re: Adding a submission form to your blog)
by Paul Ohm - Monday, 21 August 2006, 1:53 PM
 
Elmer and everyone else,

I tried setting up the submissionForm plugin using the instructions here but I'm having some problems:

First, my submission form only displays three fields: one for the title of the post, one for the body, and one for the category.  Here is my form.  I think this is an incompatibility with the template I am using (dots) because when I "view source" I see the other two fields (name and e-mail address) but they're not rendering on my screen.  Do I need to switch templates?

Second, for whatever reason, sometimes I can't get the submissionForm to load.  This seems to occur whenever I switch to the form and then use the "back" button to go back to my blog without submitting something.  The next time I click the "Submit" link, it just reloads the main blog.  It may also be a OS or browser-specific incompatibility (I'm using Mac OS X with Firefox and Safari).

Thanks for any help.  I'm very impressed with classcaster.

Paul Ohm
Associate Prof.
University of Colorado School of Law
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Re: Help with submissionForm plugin (was Re: Adding a submission form to your blog)
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 8:43 AM
 
Paul, what a neat bug:)  The form fields are there, but hidden behind the banner.  It is a bug in the template set.  The quickest resolution is to change templates to one that works.  For example the 'Standard' templates work fine.  You may need to do a bit of trial and error to find one you like that works. 
Longer term, I'll try to hunt down the bug in the template, but that will take some time. 
Also, I found an error in the FAQ that breaks the link you created for the form.   The correct format for the URL to enter on the links page is '/index.php?op=submissionForm' (ignore the quotes).  The initial '/' was missing and that caused the URL that was created to be broken.  Adding the '/' to the link will open the form.  I've corrected the FAQ.

Elmer

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Re: Help with submissionForm plugin (was Re: Adding a submission form to your blog)
by Paul Ohm - Friday, 8 September 2006, 7:39 AM
 
Elmer,

Thanks for the quick response!  It took me two weeks to think to check back in the forum.

I'm still having problems with the second problem I listed in my original question:

"Second, for whatever reason, sometimes I can't get the submissionForm to load.  This seems to occur whenever I switch to the form and then use the "back" button to go back to my blog without submitting something.  The next time I click the "Submit" link, it just reloads the main blog.  It may also be a OS or browser-specific incompatibility (I'm using Mac OS X with Firefox and Safari)."

It still seems to be the case that sometimes I get in a state where I just can't get the form to reload.  Clicking "Submit an Article" just returns me to my main classcaster blog, even the URL correctly reflects the /index.php?op=submissionForm subpath.  Not only does this occur when I hit the "back" button, it also seems to happen when I surf away from the form to another site.  It's as if some state condition is getting flagged and then never reset.

Any ideas?


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Never Mind! (Was Re: Help with submissionForm plugin (was Re: Adding a submission form to your blog)
by Paul Ohm - Friday, 8 September 2006, 7:49 AM
 
I should've read your original reply more carefully.  The problem was the omitted "/" at the start of the submission link.  Fixing that cured what ailed me.

Of course, it's slightly strange that Safari _would_ show the form occasionally. 

Thanks again for your help, Elmer.  Now, it's off to mess with the templates to see if I can use this look-and-feel with the forms.
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Fixed It! Re: Help with submissionForm plugin (was Re: Adding a submission form to your blog)
by Paul Ohm - Friday, 8 September 2006, 9:21 AM
 
It's probably bad form to post three times in one morning, but I'm hoping others can learn from my problems.

I fixed the overlapping submission fields problem at my classcaster blog by playing around with the template files.  It seems (and I may have some of these details wrong) that the submissionForm php function pulls in the header.template and footer.template files from the template, but it neglects the main.template.  This is probably so the two sidebars don't show during submission.

Well, my particular template needed a "<div id='content'>" at the start of the main body content to make all the CSS goodness render properly.  Without that, it shoved everything to the top of the page.

My solution?  I moved the offending <div> tag from main.template to header.template.  It seems to have worked.


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Re: Help! How do I...
by Norman Garland - Monday, 20 February 2006, 10:38 AM
 
I was adding a comment to one of John's posts in Caliopolis and I wanted to insert a photo, but could not do so.  Is there no way to put a photo in a comment on the classcaster blogs?
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Photos in comments
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 20 February 2006, 2:03 PM
 
You can't.  Only a limited set of HTML tags are available in the comment area of the blogs.  The limitation is present as a matter of security.
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Posting photo in podcast
by Norman Garland - Wednesday, 22 February 2006, 10:42 PM
 
I am trying to post the attached photo to my podcast and it will not post.  Any ideas what I am doing wrong?

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Re: Posting photo in podcast
by John Mayer - Wednesday, 22 February 2006, 11:57 PM
 
As you can see from my blog at caliopolis.classcaster.org, I have successfully posted pictures. 

I use the same process as posting a podcast. First upload the jpg using the NEW FILE link, then clicking on the INSERT RESOURCE button (do not use the IMAGE) button when composing the blog post. 

Here's the FAQ item.
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Re: Posting photo in podcast
by Norman Garland - Thursday, 23 February 2006, 7:32 AM
 
I had done all that, but it didn't work.  I actually figured it out, I think.  The photo I was trying to upload was too large.  I edited it down in photoshop and then when I uploaded it, it worked.  Prior to that, I got a red X in a box. Here's the edited photo.

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Help I can't find dashboard
by Norman Garland - Thursday, 23 February 2006, 11:53 PM
 
Help! Help!  I changed the template on my blog and now I cannot find dashboard to edit my blog or podcasts.  What happened?
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Re: Help I can't find dashboard
by John Mayer - Friday, 24 February 2006, 1:19 AM
 
Yeah.  It looks like that template that you chose does not have a link to the dashboard. 

I think this will work...

Click on this link

...and it should take you to the login screen for your blog administration. 

All I did was go to your blog and then append "/admin.php" to the end of the url.

Luck.
John

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Re: Help! Is anyone else having a problem with Comments?
by Debra Cohen - Friday, 3 March 2006, 10:12 PM
 

I changed my blog to allow comments (as you instructed) and it works wonderfully -- only now I'm getting whole series of comments to one my postings and I'm fairly certain they are not from my students...

Is anyone else experiencing this problem?

Do I just need to go back to not permitting comments on the open blog (allowing it only on passworded posting?)

Your thoughts and guidance is appreciated.

Debra

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Re: Help! Is anyone else having a problem with Comments?
by John Mayer - Saturday, 4 March 2006, 12:36 AM
 
Ahhhhhh, welcome to the nasty world of blog comment spam.  I am surprised they found us so fast. 

Here is the solution. 

Login to adminster to your blog. 

Go to CONTROL CENTER.

Under ANTI-SPAM MANAGEMENT click on AuthImage.

Check the checkbox that will ENABLE THIS PLUGIN.

Pick one of the backgrounds as the default background image.

Click UPDATE.

What this does is require that anyone entering a comment type in a short (3 characters or whatever you specified) alpha-numeric code that is displayed as a graphic image so that automated comment spam bots cannot read them - it requires a human to read. 

This present automated spam.  It doesn't prevent persistent spam vandals, but they are much more rare and go away usually.


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Is there a problem with Classcaster?
by Debra Cohen - Monday, 13 March 2006, 6:41 AM
 

I can't seem to get on my Classcaster page (since last night).  Is there a problem?

Debra

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Re: Is there a problem with Classcaster?
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 13 March 2006, 8:08 AM
 
It would appear that there is some sort of problem.  I'm looking into it right now.

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Re: Is there a problem with Classcaster?
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 13 March 2006, 11:00 AM
 
All back online now.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Debra Cohen - Monday, 13 March 2006, 7:50 PM
 

I was wandering through the blogs of some of the other project participants and now I have a quesiton... How do I get the number of reads per posting like Professor Ogden has?

Thanks

Debra

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Re: Help! How do I...How do I get the number of reads per posting like Professor Ogden has?
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 14 March 2006, 1:29 PM
 
That is a function of the template he is using.  Some templates have this feature included, some don't.  If you would like to use such a feature, just change your blogs template to use one of the tmeplates that includes this feature.
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Re: Help! How do I...How do I get the number of reads per posting like Professor Ogden has?
by Elmer Masters - Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 2:57 PM
 
I've had a number of requests via private email for a list of templates that include the number of reads per posting feature.  Before I answer that question let me say that a bit of testing has determined that the system for counting a reading of a given post is not terribly accurate.  For example the listing of a post on the Classcaster home page or the home page of your blog does not count as a reading.  The system only counts something as a reading if the unique URL for a post is accessed.  Also, downloads of podcasts are not reflected in the reads per posting stat.  That said, the following templates include the reading count feature: flyupsky-daytime, flyupsky-evening, reic, and reic1.
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Re: Help! How do I...How do I get the number of reads per posting like Professor Ogden has?
by Norman Garland - Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 4:17 PM
 
I just switched to one of the named templates and it shows stats on the number of reads that seems to reflect accurately how much it has been accessed.  Is this likely?  Possible?  Happenstance?
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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files
by Norman Garland - Saturday, 18 March 2006, 5:42 AM
 
I need to edit an mp3 file (podcast) and I tried to use audacity but could not save the edited file as an mp3--the program asked for an additional component that I did not have.  Help!
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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files
by John Mayer - Saturday, 18 March 2006, 1:36 PM
 
Go to ...

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3

and follow the directions there.  It's short.

John
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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files
by Norman Garland - Sunday, 19 March 2006, 2:32 AM
 
Okay, I edited the mp3 file in audacity after downloading the plugin that allowed me to export the file and save it; however, the file size increased and is now 75 megs so I cannot upload it to the classcaster blog.  Was there some way in audacity to reduce the file size; or, more specifically, why did the file size increase when I exported it from audacity--it was less than 20 megs before I edited it in audacity, and I removed some of the recording!
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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files--Help even more!
by Norman Garland - Sunday, 19 March 2006, 7:01 PM
 

Okay, with the help of Bill Childs, I edited my podcast in audacity, exported it in the reduced file size, and uploaded it back up to classcaster.  Now, however, it plays like I am one of he Christmas chipmunks.  Please, Elmer or John, tell me where I have gone wrong or please fix it!!

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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files--Help even more!
by John Mayer - Sunday, 19 March 2006, 9:39 PM
 
Should have replied sooner - I did take a couple of MP3s and try to squeeze them down and got some of the same problems you described.  I'm doing some more research, but will wait to talk to Elmer tomorrow to see what he knows. 

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Re: Help! How do I...Edit mp3 files--Help even more!
by Elmer Masters - Monday, 20 March 2006, 11:12 AM
 
Odd.  The MP3 plays just fine, except in the Flash player.  Usually that means a problem with the sample rate, but that seems fine.  I would need to know all of the settings used to re-encode the file to figure this out.  I would suggest removing the 'Play it now' button from this post since the d/l file is fine.
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Re: Help! How do I...
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 7:24 AM
 

Please help --

A few things --

How do I remove  CALIConf06 from my dashboard?

How do I delete files from last semester that I'm no longer using (when I try to delete it tells me it  is being used by articles but I don't know how or where it is being used)

How do students subscribe to the blog so that it automatically downloads.  This semester i want to include the instructions in my course memo (which I left until the last minute and have to put out today...)

Many thanks.

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Some Question Re: Getting Started for the New Semester
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 8:22 AM
 
CALICon06 is the 2006 Conference blog.  All speakers are authors on the blog.  You can just ignore it.

One of the things about Classcaster is that post are never really deleted, just hidden.  When you mark posts as deleted, they are held in the database but not displayed publicly.  If you delete media files, including MP3 podcasts, they are removed from the system.  I'm not sure where your error is cropping up at.  Are you deleting posts, files, categories, or folders?  (or all 4?)

You can find details on subscribing and downloading podcasts in the FAQs.  Here is info on subscribing to a Classcaster blog in iTunes and downloading podcasts and other media files.  You can also add your Clascaster blog to the iTunes Music Store.
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Re: Some Question Re: Getting Started for the New Semester
by Debra Cohen - Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 12:21 PM
 

Thanks,

With respect to CALIConf06 - I would prefer NOT to have to ignore it -- it takes up half the screen and is distracting.  If I can't remove it, can I at least hide it?

I managed to delete some folders.  I had to delete the contents before it would allow me to delete the folders.  I still don't seem to be able to delete categories, but am still trying.

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Re: Some Question Re: Getting Started for the New Semester
by Elmer Masters - Tuesday, 22 August 2006, 1:20 PM
 
I removed you from the CALICOn06 blog.

Details on removing categories are here.  You will need to reassign all of the deleted articles to a different category.  I'd recommend that you create a deleted category and then clear the 'Show in Front Page' check box so the category is not listed on the blog.