Saturday, March 9, 2013

UPDATE: Sorry everyone, the server is having trouble again.  The setup is working properly up to downloading the actual audio files, then gives an error.  It was working fine a few days ago, so hopefully it will be up and running again soon.  We'll update as we get more info. --n8henrie Thu Aug 30 11:53:48 MDT 2012  Seems to be back up and running! --n8henrie Sat Sep  1 12:34:43 MDT 2012
Hi everyone,
As some of you are aware, a recent server change has made the lecture podcast unavailable for a few weeks now.  We're working with a number of parties to get it back as quickly as possible, and we'll try to keep you updated as things go along.  In the meantime, I wanted to make a quick post on how to subscribe to podcasts using Apple's new (free) Podcasts app for iOS.  Because it should only take 2 or 3 more lines of typing, I'll also review how to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes on OSX (and I *think* the same should work for iTunes in Windows -- if not, please let me know in the comments section below).

Reasons you'll like podcasts

In my mind, the biggest advantage is that you can listen on your mobile device.  We're still working on getting Lecture Capture videos viewable on mobile devices (we've been told this will be available "soon," but we've also been told that for years... keep your fingers crossed but don't hold your breath).  That means that audio podcasts are one of your only options for reviewing lectures on your mobile device.  That said, it works well.  I've used podcasts extensively in Phase 1 and Step 1 study.
  • Being able to speed them up to 2x speed is awesome, especially for those speakers that speak slowly.  
  • Because there's no video, there's nothing to keep me from taking a jog while I "study."
  • I can pull up slides in Goodreader or Preview and follow along / annotate while I listen.
  • Audio files are much smaller and quicker to download than video files.
Again, I kind of feel bad writing this since the podcasts aren't currently available; I promise it's something we're actively working on, and keep in mind that there are numerous excellent medical podcasts available, and you can also listen to previous class years' lectures, which should be similar in content to what you're learning.

Setting up the lecture podcast for Mac / OSX

The first several slides of the setup instructions [here] are a little outdated but may still be useful.  Basically,
  1. Go to (or just google UNM MEDS if you forget).
  2. Click "MEDS Calendars" on the left.
  3. Click the class year of interest.
  4. Click the block of interest.
  5. Click "Add Podcast to iTunes" (at the top).
Once you see the podcast in iTunes, you can click "Settings" (bottom of the screen) to configure how often it checks for new episodes, whether to download new ones as they become available, and whether to discard old ones you've played.  You can also use iTunes to sync to your iOS device, if you don't want to follow the instructions below,

Setting up the lecture podcast on iOS device

  1. Download Apple's free Podcasts app.  
  2. Go to (or Google "UNM MEDS") and click "MEDS Calendars." 
  3. Click the class year in question.
  4. Click the block in question.
  5. Click and hold the "Add to iTunes" link, and click "Copy" when the option pops up.  The link address should start with "itpc://". (Update: This is changing a bit to try and make things easier. Look for a link below that starts with "http" and use that one if it's there.)
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  7. Open the Podcasts app.
  8. On iPhone or iPod Touch, pull down on the main screen to reveal the "Search" box. On iPad, it's in the lower right corner.
  9. Paste the link you copied in step 5. If you copied the link starting with "itpc" you'll need to scroll to the left, delete "itpc" (keep the ://), and put in "http" . 
  10. Click the link and scroll all the way left, delete "iptc" and type in "http" so it reads like you see in the image below.
  11. Click "Subscribe."

That's it!  Looks like a lot of work, but it actually only takes a minute or so.  As I've mentioned several times, the lecture podcast is not currently working for 2016, but you can test this out with a different year.  For example, I did it with the class of 2015's Genetics and Neoplasia block and it worked beautifully.  Hopefully we'll have the 2016 podcast back up soon!
If you have any problem, suggestions, or questions, please post them in the comments section below so others can benefit from our interaction.
Take care, and see you soon,


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