Podcasting is an easy way to deliver a series of audio files in such a way that people can subscribe and have all current and future 'episodes' downloaded automatically to their computer or media player.
Sections/Summary of the Steps
Before getting into the details of podcasting in Moodle, please note the following sections/steps.
Step 1: Enabling RSS feeds
In order to podcast in Moodle, first an administrator has to enable RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for the Moodle site.
Navigate to Administration block > Site administration > Advanced features
Find the 'Enable RSS feeds' field. Click the tick box beside it to enable RSS feeds.
The administrator also has to enable RSS feeds at the activity level.
Navigate to Administration block > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > Forum
On the page that loads, find the 'Enable RSS feeds' field (located near the bottom of the page) and select 'Yes'. Click the 'Save changes' button.
Step 2: Creating a discussion forum
After making sure that RSS feeds have been enabled, the next step is to create a Forum activity that will be used to post the podcasts.
Navigate to the course and turn editing on. Select 'Add an activity or resource' and then 'Forum' from the Activity Picker; click 'Add'
Configure the settings for the forum. Specifically:
In the 'Forum type' field (under the 'General' section) select 'A single simple discussion'.
Under the RSS section select 'Posts' for the RSS feed for this activity, as well as the number of articles to include in the feed.
Step 3: Posting messages (podcasts)
The next step is to simply post messages with media files as attachments. These will be delivered as podcasts in the RSS feed.
To attach an audio file, under attachment click the add a file button, and either upload the file from your computer or select one from a repository.
Note: This works in some situations and not in others. For example, users that do not have full permissions to access the forum may find that their podcast software does not have rights to the media files.