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BruinCast: Information for Students

Questions which students have asked about this service:

Please be advised that BruinCast has migrated to a new system.  We will not be supporting new content through this web portal.  New content will be available through the CCLE course web pages.  The video content on the current website will be accessible for a limited time.  Keep in mind that we are no longer providing technical support this content.  The audio content through this web portal is not available as that serve has been retired.

 

BRUINCAST F.A.Q.

What is Bruincast?
Purpose and use/The mission of BruinCast
What is the difference between BruinCast and iTunes U?
What determines if my class is podcasted?
How do I get access to class lectures?
Did you know that you can subscribe to class lectures through iTunes?
How soon after the lecture can I download the podcast?
How is this different from my normal classes?
Will I appear on the webcast?
Will I be able to watch the on-line version of the lecture while it is happening?
Does this mean I can watch the lectures on-line instead of attending class in person?
Is the recording method fail safe?
Where do I get help?

 

What is Bruincast?

 

Bruincast is a service offered and subsidized by the Office of Instructional Development to video stream and/ or audio podcast regularly scheduled undergraduate lectures.

Video Streaming – Video Streaming allows students to review the class after lecture is over.  They can see the instructor, the whiteboard, slides, and any image that is showed through the video/ data projector.   Streaming video is beneficial because it is not stored on the viewer's computer taking up hard drive space, nor can it be easily recorded and shared, and viewers can easily seek and navigate to any point in the lecture.   Video Streaming requires that the viewer is connected to the internet with a high speed connection (DSL, Cable or LAN).

Podcasting – Audio podcasting can be a very powerful review tool when combined with materials made available through an instructor’s course websites.  The biggest advantage of podcasting is that students can subscribe to a course and have that course lecture automatically download to their computer when it is available.  It eliminates the need to manually check the Bruincast webpage.  Once downloaded to their computer students can transfer it to a portable listening device and listen to the lecture anywhere without the need of being connected to the internet.  If they choose not to download the lecture and just click on the "Audio" link they can begin listening immediately but they can not navigate to a point in a lecture until the download has reached that point.  This is due to the fact that the Audio files are progressive downloads while the Video files are streams.
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Purpose and use/The mission of BruinCast

The BruinCast program at UCLA has a different mission than similar programs at other institutions. Our goal is to provide an instructional enhancement to current students, using funding specifically allocated for that purpose by the state. To that end, we allow faculty to make a choice as to whether they wish the content of their courses to be open to the public. About 75% do not. Although it would be a boon to the general public to have all UCLA course webcasts openly accessible, it would not be a direct benefit to our current student population, our defined audience for this program. It is always possible that our policies might change, as there is a lot of discussion around this topic on campus.
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What is the difference between BruinCast and iTunes U?

Here are the main differences between the Office of Instructional Development’s BruinCast service and UCLA on iTunes U:

•UCLA on iTunes U offers the faculty a place to log in and post their own content, whereas the content via BruinCast is solely class lectures recorded by the Office of Instructional Development.

•BruinCast is a seamless process for faculty, from creation to posting. OID does the recording and posting of content to the site. Faculty do not self-manage content in BruinCast as they do in UCLA on iTunes U.

•With BruinCast, faculty have the option of making their content public or not, whereas with UCLA on iTunes U, all content is public. BruinCast also offers both streaming media and audio podcasts. If the content is available via podcasting, like with UCLA on iTunes U, users can subscribe and have content automatically delivered upon publication.

For more information regarding UCLA on iTunes U, our local instance of the program, please see:
iTunes U Project site

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What determines if my class is videostreamed/audiopodcasted?

There are a variety of factors that determine if a course is podcasted. Courses are only recorded if the instructor has placed a request to have their course podcasted. Should the instructor make a request for podcasting then it is determined if the location has the necessary technology to support podcasting. Should the request require a portable set-up then it is determined if the necessary equipment and manpower are availble. Given the number of requests and limited resources the list of courses that will receive podcasting is not determined until the start of each quarter.
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How do I get access to class lectures?

In order to access class lectures you will need to visit the OID BruinCast website at https://www.oid.ucla.edu/webcasts/courses/. Some courses are open and some are restricted. The open courses are available to everyone, however, the restricted classes are only open to students that are currently enrolled in that particular course.
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Did you know that you can subscribe to class lectures through iTunes?

Did you know that you can subscribe to your class lectures through iTunes. Just look for this logo.

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How soon after the lecture can I download the podcast?

Podcasts will be posted no later than 24hrs. after the scheduled lecture.
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How is this different from my normal classes?

Our goal is to make it no different than any other class you attend. We have put (and will continue to put) a great deal of effort into making what we do as unobtrusive as we possibly can. That said, we have no illusions that our presence will not have some impact on what you see in the classroom. If possible, at every lecture, a camera operator will set-up equipment in the projection booth of the lecture hall. Although having the operator in the booth will make it easier for you to forget about the webcast recording, some rooms do not have booths. You may see the operator and the camera, but please try to ignore them.
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Will I appear on the webcast?

Normally no. The camera operator is focused on the instructor and any presentation materials used in the course. Since the audio is picked up from the sound system, even student questions will not be heard..
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Will I be able to watch the on-line version of the lecture while it is happening?

At this point we are not making the on-line lectures available as a live webcast. Normally, lectures will be available for viewing the day following the lecture.
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Does this mean I can watch the lectures on-line instead of attending class in person?

It is highly recommended that you attend every course lecture. Overwhelmingly students surveyed say that the service is most effective when utilized to review course materials and is not a substitute for going to class.
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Is the recording method fail safe?

No, although we make every effort to ensure a quality recording sometimes things do not go as planned and for one reason or another the recording is not captured and not available. It can be something as simple as a bad battery in the wireless microphone to something as complex as corrupted coding that prevents us from getting the recording. We will do our best to keep you informed should a class not record and provide help in any issues surrounding that particular instance.
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Where do I get help?

Visit Bruincast Help or email bruincasthelp@ucla.edu
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