Podcasting is the delivery of media files over the Internet for use on a computer or mobile device. The word podcasting is a combination of two terms: iPod and broadcasting. Podcasting involves the syndication of delivery. A user subscribes to a podcast, and as new files are produced and published, he or she can automatically receive the new files. Software such as Apple’s iTunes and Microsoft's Zune software helps users subscribe and manage their podcasts and files.
The following options demonstrate the variety of formats available for podcast production. Formats include video & audio, screen capture with audio, and audio only. Podcast production can occur in production classrooms, technology classrooms, on location (field production) or at home (Do it Yourself).
The podcasting process at MSU has been organized into four steps to make it more manageable for new users: