Jeremy R Garritano, Mellon Library of Chemistry, Purdue University, 504 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907 and David B. Eisert, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Purdue University, 504 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907.
Considered one of the larger and broader coursecasting programs currently in the United States, Purdue University's BoilerCast system offers many challenges and opportunities for faculty, staff, and students on and off campus. The ease of accession of audio course lectures online and their integration with RSS feeds allow students to review lectures before exams, can supplement in-class talks, and even let faculty critique their own lectures. However, a podcasting or coursecasting service is not without its tribulations. For those exploring the possibilities of coursecasting, this paper will discuss the ongoing costs and benefits of a large-scale coursecasting system, lessons learned, and future directions. Reactions from both faculty and students will also be presented, focusing on Chemistry courses involved. The implementation of an audio tour of the Undergraduate Library to be used with circulating Apple iPods will also be discussed.