Before you begin: Review the Classcaster FAQ
, Podcasting Project FAQ
, and Peter Martin's tutorial
Generally: Subscribe to or monitor the CODEC Classcaster forums
. I could not have done this successfully without the availability of Elmer and John to answer my questions or without the reinforcement of others who were also learning and asking questions.
During: Experiment until you find something that works for you, whether it is summaries, posting your recorded lectures, or something else. You will find many good ideas in the Classcaster forum archives.
I discovered it took me too long to record summaries that were good enough to post. But I didn't want to post the entire recording of each class. I teach first-year students, and I didn't want to discourage discussion and questions by posting what they said on the web. (Even passworded, the recordings are not really secure.) Also, there are some class activities and discussions that add to the length of the recording without a corresponding benefit to a listener outside of class.
Although I still plan to record general, reusable summaries on some topics, as an interim solution I am posting edited class recordings. When I edit out the class discussion, leaving only my question and summary of the discussion, and omit other classroom activities that don't translate well to audio-only, I usually have a 20-30-minute audio file. If we covered more than one discrete topic, I break up the audio into more than one file. That way the students can review exactly what they need and not waste time reviewing what they already understand.
I do the editing using Audacity, a free software that Peter Martin talks about in his tutorial.