Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts Expands Use of Podcasting as Instructional Tool in 2006

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Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts expands its use of Podcasting as an instructional tool with the school’s launch of two regulary-scheduled podcasts –“CDIA Today” and “Imaging Masters Series.”

This approach proved so successful in providing support to our students and faculty, CDIA is launching two additional podcasting initiatives in 2006

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University began making audio content files of Production Practicum project meetings available for downloading to students’ digital audio players last month (coined “podcasting” after Apple’s iPod). Now students who miss a meeting or two can stay up-to-date on the Production Practicum, the culminating, four-week module that gives students hands-on experience working on a real-world, team-based project under the direction of a faculty member.

“This approach proved so successful in providing support to our students and faculty, CDIA is launching two additional podcasting initiatives in 2006,” said Bob Daniels, CDIA’s Executive Director. A weekly podcast, “CDIA Today” http://www.cdiabu.com/podcast/ will feature a conversation and show the work of a faculty member, student or alumni. The podcast will be a joint faculty-student effort. In a monthly podcast series, “Imaging Masters Series,” http://www.cdiabu.com/masters/ professional digital filmmakers, photographers and animators will present and discuss their work.

Daniels continued, “Ever since Apple unveiled its fifth generation iPod in October 2005, the first portable digital player with video capabilities, a new distribution medium is available for our students to display their creativity. For example, students can now create short-form films for a portable media player, have a global audience and receive instant feedback.”

Podcasting is a technology for distributing audio and video files via the internet. Using a subscription model, a publisher of music, news, entertainment or information makes a file available to a subscriber through an address known as feed URL. Feeds can be subscribed to using a program called a "podcatcher," for example, Apple's iTunes or Juice. New content is first published to a web server. Podcatchers periodically check feeds for new content and when new content is available, the podcatcher will download it to the user's personal computer. The file may be played at a later time at the user's convenience on the personal computer, or downloaded to a personal media player, for example, Apple's iPod. Podcasting effectively shifts control to the audience who now determines when, where and how they listen or view information and entertainment.

About Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University

The Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University allows students to express their creative vision and turn it into a practical reality. Whether students are looking for a film school, game design school or photography school, CDIA at Boston University offers practical, hands-on, career-oriented training to both novices and seasoned professionals in today’s advanced digital imaging arts. CDIA’s Certificate Programs are led by world-class instructors who are practicing experts in their fields, and backed by the resources and reputation of Boston University’s internationally renowned College of Communication.

CDIA offers two-term (nine months) Certificate Programs in Digital Photography, Digital Filmmaking, 3D Animation, Graphic and Interactive Design and Recording Arts. Certificate Programs are also offered on a part-time basis during evening hours.

Visit http://www.cdiabu.com or call 800-808-CDIA (2342).

Press contact: Andy Kelley 617-938-3417

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