Week 1 and it’s going well…

IMG_1118I temporarily feel like I’m in control of this uni thing…. kind of.

I have gotten in front with most of the reading (I still have another 2 chapters to go but I am confident that I can get those done.) and am ticking along nicely. So far I am using allot of post-it notes specifically the little plastic tabby things. They are my all time favourite but that has never changed.

With tomorrow being our rent inspection I am focussing today on listening to my lectures on my iPhone while I get the house spic and span (So Housework Wednesday should be a cake walk!). The lectures are uploaded on my Uni’s external learning site (Blackboard if that rings any bells for anyone) and from there I download them as a  WMA file which given that I use a mac is no good to me. Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.03.45 pmSo then I have to convert it to an MP3 which is as easy as drag and drop into a handy little converter that I got from the iTunes store (Literally called MP3-Converter).

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Once it is converted you load it into iTunes by using the add to library feature

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Once it has been added to the library it will be a “song” you need to change the media kind to podcast the reason for this is if you stop playing a podcast and then start it again after doing something else the podcast will restart at the same place, a song will restart from the beginning which can be a major pain in the behind! So to do that right click and bring up the get info option in the window that opens there are tabs along the top and you want the options tab, then under media kind select podcast.

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Then there you have it a nifty podcast recording of your lecture! I like having them as podcasts because of the aforementioned starting and stopping issue (I’m a mum, I have kids, getting through 10 minutes without interruption is a success let alone a whole hour) plus you can have all of the podcasts that you create grouped together into a playlist so they play one after another.

I know the process can seem a little long and drawn out but it took me about 5 minutes to do from start to finish including the time it took to convert the file. 5 minutes once a week for something I can listen to over and over sounds good to me!

Hope this helps someone else!

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