Testing Amazon S3 for streaming audio

musical notesWe’re looking for another solution for our OWU Radio station’s show archives. They’ve previously been simply uploading them to the WordPress server where we host their site. This has quickly gown into double-digit GB storage usage for their site alone. Before we migrate that site to the new server, which is on our net backup solution, we needed to find some other place to host archived show recordings, which can be up to an hour long, and dozens of MB each.

We first tried Google Drive, because we get unlimited storage there with our G Suite for Education accounts. However, Google can’t scan files over 25 MB for viruses, so it won’t automatically stream anything large. Instead, you have to OK the fact that it hasn’t been scanned.

So we’re trying out Amazon S3 instead. It’s got a free tier with up to 5 GB for the first year. Pricing for storage is ridiculously low after that, and you can pay as you go for only what you use.

And here’s the test:

(Sorry, your browser does not support this audio player. You should probably upgrade your browser.)

We’re also looking into Adobe Creative Cloud storage, since the station already has a CC membership plan…

Recent Developments

I’d like to start with a quote:

“a) teaching by telling does not work for most students, b) students who are part of an interactive community are more likely to be successful, and c) knowledge is personal; students enjoy themselves more and develop greater ownership over the material when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding.”

~ from the POGIL website. (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning)

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I’m serving on the local OWU steering committee for the recent Mellon grant on digital scholarship, and it’s exciting. We’ve got some great projects firming up.

The OWU Radio Station is getting set to launch under new management and in a new space this semester. I’m working on the CPU now.

And, if all goes well, I’ll launch our own EdTech at OWU and Beyond LibGuide as well. This will be a central hub for educating faculty on developments in instructional technology.

Stay tuned.

Quiet times filled with music

Like at other colleges, summer is a quiet time to work on projects that would be harder to focus on during the busy-ness of the academic year. This week, especially with the mid-week holiday, has been really quiet… Every once in a while I get a project that’s right up my alley as to personal interests. Re-launching the OWU radio station has been one of those projects…

Like at other colleges, summer is a quiet time to work on projects that would be harder to focus on during the busy-ness of the academic year. This week, especially with the mid-week holiday, has been really quiet. The lack of interruptions and other requests has allowed me to create a dashboard report for Academic Advising and to get our campus radio station running on its own server with a player embedded on its new web site:

radio player

One of the characteristics of my work as Instructional Technologist at OWU is that I’m a generalist and must advise and/or work with many things, from writing elaborate Excel functions and database programming to managing large classroom renovations or LMS upgrades and everything in between. This keeps the job exciting and demands that I keep my skills sharp and stay on top of the constantly evolving field of educational technology. Every once in a while I get a project that’s right up my alley as to personal interests. Re-launching the OWU radio station has been one of those projects.

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