Online Help guide (2009 audio system only)
Access to the Monash University Lectures Online service is available from workstations
at all branches of Monash University Library. At each campus library ask at the Information
Desk for directions. To access from home, you will need:
- An account with an Internet Service Provider.
Lectures are available for Audio Streaming, MP3 Download and Podcasting, except for units where lecturers have chosen to make lectures available for audio streaming only . 'Audio streaming only' is indicated by an asterisk * next to individual unit codes on MULO faculty pages, and also explained on those relevant MULO unit pages.
- A Monash University Authcate username and password. For more information see the
Computer accounts and passwords page.
- Audio streamed recordings of lectures are available immediately after the scheduled conclusion of lectures.
- To audio stream lectures, you need to download and install the free version of RealPlayer, which is available at the Real.com web site. At Real.com the link to the free version can be difficult to see and is found in very small print towards the top right corner of the page. This is not to be confused with the link to the 14 day free trial version. When you click to their next page, the link to the free version is also in small print on the right hand side.
- The basic minimum computer and internet connection requirements for audio streaming are as follows: Pentium 3, 64MB of RAM, 16 bit soundcard, and 56k dial-up modem. However higher computer performance is strongly recommended.
- MP3 files are not available for download until 2 hours after the scheduled conclusion of lectures.
- At home a broadband internet connection is necessary to efficiently download MP3 files.
- To save MP3 files to your computer, click on download button next to date and time of lecture, click on Save, and choose a location on your computer. You may then listen using any software that will playback MP3 files e.g. Windows Media Player, QuickTime etc, or you may transfer the file to any portable MP3 player.
- On Library computer workstations MP3 files need to be directly downloaded to a portable USB storage device for transfer to your home PC. It may be possible to use your MP3 player as a storage device if it has a USB connection. If using an iPod for this purpose you would then need to import the MP3 file into iTunes on your own PC before being able to properly sync (transfer) from iTunes back to your iPod for listening.
Currently iTunes is not available on Library workstations and we are looking at various issues, including management of content, which will determine whether or not it can be installed within the Library. Also, iTunes is not well suited to multiple users on an individual PC. To sync with an iPod, a personal customised setup on iTunes is normally used. All your other content on an iPod would be erased if you were to update from a version of iTunes that doesn't have your own configuration.
Podcasting (from home or personal computer)
- Podcasting enables you to set up a subscription to lectures in podcast units so that MP3 files of lectures download into your podcasting software automatically or at times you choose when you are online.
- Podcasts of lectures are not available for download until 2 hours after the scheduled conclusion of lectures.
- A broadband internet connection is necessary to efficiently download podcast MP3 files.
- Podcasting is best suited for use on your own personal computer and currently it is not possible to set up podcast subscriptions on Library computer workstations.
To set up a Podcast:
- From your MULO unit page, copy and paste the highlighted URL into the subscribe field of your podcasting software e.g. iTunes
- If using iTunes, download and install software. Refer to iTunes Help once you have it running.
- To subscribe in iTunes go to Advanced at top of iTunes window, select Subscribe to Podcast, and paste in the URL address from your MULO page.
- To manage your podcast files within iTunes go to Podcasts within the iTunes Library on left hand side of iTunes window.
Access to all recordings is available at the Monash University Lectures
Online web site. This web site lists all available subjects and
updates concerning lecture cancellations, recording failures, News updates about system wide issues and possible disruptions, and FAQs with additional information about the service.
Please note, not all Monash University units are recorded.
You may use the lectures for private study purposes only.
Whilst every effort is made to record all lectures in a subject, the
University makes no guarantee that any particular lecture will be recorded
or made available. The University will not accept liability for the
content of the recorded lectures. The University will not accept liability
for any loss or damage, which may be incurred by a person acting in
reliance upon the information in the lectures.
Questions or comments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quick guide to Real Player
- Sound - To adjust the sound click and drag the volume knob on the
right hand side.
- Pause - To Pause click
the Play/Pause button once. To start playing again,
click the Play/Pause button again.
- Audio Progress Bar - Located in the centre of the Real
Player window, it gives a visual indication of the amount of time played
and remaining time. This slider bar can be used to select a point in
time, within the lecture, to begin playing the recording. To use this
bar click on the pointer and drag
it to the approximate time that the player should begin. For
instance if the last half of the lecture is of interest then drag
the slider to the halfway mark of the bar.
- Advance and Rewind - The two small buttons to
the right of the slider bar are used to advance and rewind the
lecture recording by intervals a second in length. The display at
the top right corner will indicate how much time has been played
and the total time of the recording.
- Stop - To stop and
reset to the start of the lecture press the button with the
black square, which is to the right of the Play/Pause button
- Exit - To exit Real Player simply click the
X located in the top right hand corner.