Digital Lecture Delivery Service

The Digital Lecture Delivery Service is an initiative that ran as a limited pilot throughout 2004. The service is now available for wider use within the Teaching and Learning Commons.

Digital Lecture Delivery is the process of capturing content from ANU lectures and converting it into a format which can be delivered to students through the use of the internet. This may eventually include visual content (video), audio and written transcripts of lectures. The service is currently limited to automated audio recording in 30 teaching venues.

Recordings are automatically processed and made available to students via a WebCT tool. The service aims to reduce the need to use tapes to record lectures, and to provide flexibility to students using lecture recordings to enhance understanding.

For those venues that do not support DLD yet, ANU has a tape recording system in place that allows lecturers to record lectures and make them available to students through the ANU Library. Information is available from the Infrastructure Services Group Help Desk on x55909 or at http://www.anu.edu.au/business/Infrastructure_Services.php

 

DLD Instruction and Manuals:

Digital Lecture Delivery: What is it?

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Digital Lecture Delivery Client Manual

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Instructions for adding DLD to your WebCT Course:

Two WebCT tools need to be added to the WebCT site for a course for DLD recordings to become automatically available to students enrolled in the course.

FAQ:

How does the DLD Lecture recording work?

Who is involved with DLD?

What browser do I need for DLD?

How do I download and install Real Player?

How do I get support?

How do I get my lectures recorded?

How do I make my lectures available to the students?

What do I have to do in WebCT?

Which teaching venues?

What do I have to do in the teaching venue?

What if I'm a non-ANU guest lecturer?

What do I have to do to listen to a digitally-recorded lecture?

What technologies does DLD use?

I get an error "Course Code could not be resolved from current WebCT location"

What if my lecture recording doesn't appear on the WebCT site for my course?

What if the recording on the PC in the teaching venue doesn't start?

'I don't trust this new technology.'

How does the DLD Lecture recording work?

In short, a lecturer starts the DLD application on the Windows PC in the teaching venue and accepts or changes some information (course code, lecture name) that is automatically retrieved from the ANU central timetable system, then starts recording using the microphone in the teaching venue and at the end of the lecture, stops the recording process. That's it.

An mp3 recording is saved on the teaching venue PC behind the scenes. Some short time after the lecture, the mp3 is automatically transferred to a processing server and converted into multi-bandwidth, Real streaming format.

To make the recordings available through the WebCT site for the course, the lecturer needs only to add a Single Page tool to a particular script in the WebCT site. When a student clicks on the link, the script generates a list of all recordings for that course.

 

By default, the DLD project currently delivers lectures in Real Media streaming format. Lecturers have the option to also allow students to download an MP3 version of the audio.

Who is involved with the DLD Project?

Mr John Tucker (STS) is currently the service manager.

Audio Visual Services (Space Service Program) provide support and training for the equipment in the teaching venues.

What browser do I need for DLD?

DLD Lecture recordings are only available from the WebCT site for the appropriate course. Your browser should be "supported" by WebCT. To check if your browser meets WebCT's technical requirements, use the Check Browser link at top of your myWebCT page.

How do I download and install Real Player?

1.        Goto http://www.real.com/freeplayer/?rppr=rnwk

2.        Choose your operating system from the list to download.

How do I get support?

Problem

Action

Urgent problem in a class.

Ring the AV Services through the ISGHelp Desk x55909

Training in using a teaching venue, including recording lectures.

Ring the AV Services through the ISG Help Desk x55909 to arrange a time for training.

Help with setting up WebCT to deliver recorded lectures.

Email dldhelp@anu.edu.au or ring x55418, or

Email webcthelp@anu.edu.au

All other problems

Log a DOI Help Desk job at http://doi.anu.edu.au/helpdesk

General questions and receive announcements.

Subscribe to the dld.users mailing list at http://mailman.anu.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/dld.users or look at the DLD web site at http://dld.anu.edu.au

How do I get my lectures recorded?

The system is now a full production service. You don't need any special permission to use the service. All you need to do is:

  1. Use a venue that is 'DLD ready'. The list is at <>
  2. Start the recording by following the instructions at <******>

How do I make my lectures available to the students?

What do I have to do in WebCT?

Place the Audio Lecture tools into your WebCT site as described here. <Webct instruction links>

Which teaching venues?

The following lecture theatres have the appropriate audio equipment and DLD software for digital lecture audio recording.

1.      CAIS Theatre

2.      Chemistry Theatre 1

3.      Chemistry Theatre 2

4.      Coombs Lecture Theatre

5.      Copland Building Room G030

6.      Copland Building Room G031

7.      Copland Theatre

8.      Engineering Theatre

9.      Frank Fenner Building Room G001

10.    Forestry Theatre

11.    Geology Theatre

12.    Haydon-Allen Building Room G040

13.    Haydon-Allen Theatre (The Tank)

14.    John Dedman Building Room 101

15.    John Dedman Building Room 102

16.    Law Link Theatre

17.    Law Theatre

18.    Manning Clark Centre Theatre 1

19.    Manning Clark Centre Theatre 2

20.    Manning Clark Centre Theatre 3

21.    Manning Clark Centre Theatrette 4

22.    Manning Clark Centre Theatrette 5

23.    Manning Clark Centre Theatrette 6

24.    Moran Building Room G07

25.    Moran Building Room G08

26.    Psychology Building Room G05

27.    Psychology Building Room G06

28.    Physics Theatre

29.    Robertson Theatre (RSBS)

30.    Forestry Building SRES Theatre

Note that Haydon Allen G053&52 are not DLD-enabled. This was incorrect information posted on the pilot page.

What do I have to do in the teaching venue?

This will only work if you login with your UniID. It doesnˆït work for the ˆîlecturerˆï account, as described on the help sheet in the venue.

The DLD program on the Windows PC in the teaching venue. where the lecturer needs to do the following steps

1.        CONFIRM

2.        START

3.        STOP

This means the lecturer will confirm the lecturer details, start the recording and upon completion of the lecture stop the recording.

What if I'm a non-ANU guest lecturer?

You will need an affiliate ANU account to use online facilities such as DLD. The LITSS for the area <link..> can arrange that. You should talk to your sponsor to facilitate this.

What do I have to do to listen to a digitally-recorded lecture?

Students access all recording through WebCT. If accessing audio recordings off campus, you will need to ensure the RealOne player is installed on your computer. A free version of the player is available and can be downloaded from the RealNetworks website. < http://www.real.com/freeplayer/?rppr=rnwk>

Note: Students can only listen to audio for WebCT courses in which they are enrolled.

What technologies does DLD use?

DLD uses open standards such as XML, SOAP, SMIL and MP3 to achieve its functionality.

I get an error "Course Code could not be resolved from current WebCT location"

This error message occurred for a short period while we were testing various ways of displaying the list of recorded lectures in WebCT. It should not occur now. If you see this message, please let dldhelp@anu.edu.au know.

What if my lecture recording doesn't appear on the WebCT site for my course?

Recordings will be available in WebCT within 1 business day – usually much sooner. If there is a problem, please log a job with the DOI Help Desk. <http://doi.anu.edu.au/helpdesk/login.asp>

What if the recording on the PC in the teaching venue doesn't start?

In the unlikely circumstance that there is a problem starting the recording, contact AV Servicea through the ISG Help Desk on x55909 requesting urgent assistance.

The current emergency solution is to use the legacy tape recording system, but a solution using mp3 recorders is being investigated.

'I don't trust this new technology.'

Throughout the pilot a number of lecturers used the tape system in conjunction with DLD just in case there were problems with the recording. Until you feel comfortable with the new system, this is a good backup

Authorised: Program Leader, Teaching and Learning Environments, STS