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In a previous post I described how instructors can check their course file size to see if they were approaching the 1 GB ceiling. But did you know there are several media storage options available to instructors that can offset the amount of course storage space used? For example, within ANGEL instructors can apply for a Learning Object Repository or a Master Course. Additionally, services external to ANGEL, such as the Streaming Media Server and iTunes U are available to support audio and video files. Each is briefly described here.
Learning Object Repositories (LORs) function as a special course space that an instructor can use to share course "Lessons" tab content items with other instructors. An ANGEL master course is a special course an instructor can use to create a course template, complete with content. As opposed to an ANGEL learning object repository, used to share only "Lessons" tab content items, a master course includes all ANGEL course tabs (Syllabus, Calendar, Lessons, Resources, Communicate, Report, Manage), not just the "Lessons" tab. Once all content has been added to the master course, it can be shared with other instructors.
Streaming Media is the process of transferring audio and visual information from a server to a Web browser in a steady and continuous stream. The ITS Streaming Server is an Apple QuickTime Streaming Server that can stream files in QuickTime format to both Macintosh and Windows desktop environments.
With Penn State on iTunes U, you can use iTunes to deliver select course materials, lectures, and other valuable information related to the class. Podcasting is a simple yet effective way to engage students in and out of the classroom.
To learn more about these and other ways to manage your course file space, check out the Media Storage Options at Penn State article in the ANGEL Help & Information Guide.