[clug] ANU Lecture Recordings
kdambiec at ieee.org
Thu Mar 13 08:52:02 GMT 2008
I havent had any issues with it, other than Mac OS X wanting to
automatically play mp3s rather than download them.
If its available as a MP3 then it should just download a normal file
that you can listen to.
On 13/03/2008, at 1:00 PM, Grant Baldwin wrote:
>>> #1 daughter is in her first year at ANU this year. She missed
>>> yesterday and tried to download them from the ANU's site, without
>>> success, so called to Dad for help. The system is an abomination.
>>> recordings are only available as streaming Real Audio - they can't
>>> downloaded, the system doesn't recognose Firefox as a browser, and
>>> should be a simple HTML page is so thoroughly java-infested that I
>>> couldn't but shake my head in bewilderment.
>> Oh - *that* system... I remember wasting at least 3 or 4 hours to
>> listen to a 1 hour lecture. (Engineering law about 3 1/2 years
>> the lecturer couldn't be at some of the actual lectures, and so
>> pre-recorded something instead.)
>> From what I remember, it works better when nobody else is trying to
>> use it, and it works better if you are trying to use it from
>> inside the ANU network. If the server is under too much load, then
>> your connection has a tendency to drop out, and you have to start
>> listening right from the start all over again... (and once people
>> start having to do this, the congestion escalates)
>> I am astonished that this system is still in use.
> a) It's implemented as a component of WebCT. The complaints about
> is primarily off-the-shelf with minor customizations for style.
> b) As far as the learning support IT section (whatever they are
> themselves now) are concerned, it only matters that the system works
> ANU computer labs with the software installed therein. Usual reasons
> to not have to support myriad configurations etc.
> c) Realplayer is a format which lets the lecturers add visual
> In the case of the pre-recorded law lectures Iain referred to, this
> to power point slide automatically changing at the right points.
> this is difficult with MP3. At the time the system was planned/
> about 5-7 years ago (?), realplayer was still occasionally used.
> I could be wrong, but doing anything other than bitching is akin to
> water uphill.
> There is however a related system with related functionality that,
> to my
> understanding, is/was being considered as part of an eventual
> The related system, Sakai, is OSS, so you can hack the upstream with
> functionality you want integrated. Of course, AFAIK, it doesn't
> include any
> digital lecture delivery backend support. Yet.
> Grant Baldwin
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