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Getting started with podcasting

A podcast is a series of audio or video clips distributed using a news feed. With a little training, you can easily create and distribute your own podcast.

Before recording audio or video

  1. Understand the legal issues - To protect yourself and the University from potential liabilities, there are a few legal issues you should understand before creating or distributing a podcast.
  2. Know your resources and get training - A wide variety of resources are available to help you create a podcast. If you're new to podcasting, we recommend training options to help you get started quickly and efficiently. We strongly recommend that you check out the classes offered by the Library.

Understand the legal issues

Laws and University policy impose restrictions on the creations of podcasts. Penalties exist for those who fail to observe laws and University policy.

Copyright ownership

In nearly all cases, the copyright of course materials—including recordings of lectures—resides with the person who creates them, but the University retains a license to continue to use and revise them for continued instruction. However, if a recording includes someone else's copyrighted material (e.g., a guest lecturer's presentation slides), the recorder is responsible for doing one or more of the following:

  1. Securing written permission from the copyright holder.
  2. Ensuring that it is a fair use. The Copyright Clearance Center offers a Fair Use Check List that you can try. However, it is generally unwise for any layperson to interpret fair use without the assistance of a legal expert.
  3. Remove or obscure the copyrighted material from the recording.

Students who use recordings of lectures for commercial purposes are subject to discipline. More details: Recordings Policy Summary.

Privacy of individuals

Some individuals might not want to be part of a recording. The recorder is responsible for securing privacy consent from everyone identifiable in the recording. More details: Recordings Policy Summary.

More about legal issues

Podcasts@UCSF also provides an overview of legal issues in its Terms and Conditions.

Know your resources and get training

  1. UCSF Learning Technologies provides:

    1. free classes, available regularly
    2. the Tech Commons computer lab with computer workstations specially configured for the creation of audiovisual recordings and presentations.
    3. production rooms where you can create and edit audio and video programs in a quiet place.
    4. equipment that you can borrow to develop instructional content for use in UCSF curricula. Examples: video cameras, digital audio recorders, microphones, digital cameras, tripods, lenses, booms, lighting, training videos.
  2. UCSF Educational Technology Services provides equipment and services for podcast creation. Contact them for more details.
  3. Apple provides workshops and one-on-one training. Learn how to create a podcast using Apple computers and software. Also see Learn to Podcast and Podcasts.
  4. Review best practices and research. Some examples:

    1. Talking-Head Video Is Boring Online
    2. Podcasting recommendations
    3. Podcast best practices
    4. Creating and using podcasts across the disciplines (PDF, 9 pages, 218 KB)
  5. Many tutorials exist on the web: Google: create podcast.

Recording audio or video

There are a lot of different ways to create audio or video for a podcast, and how you choose depends on a lot of things: what material you want to share, how much time you have, how you like to work, and so forth. If you're not yet sure what method will work best for you, see the options above. Some choose to record lectures in the classroom, but you can also create recordings in the office, in your home, or on location.

After recording audio or video

Upload the file to Podcasts@UCSF. When you share your podcast through Podcasts@UCSF, you can choose whether to make it public or UCSF-only.

Sharing your podcast

To share your podcast, use the URL provided by Podcasts@UCSF. Also see Subscribing to a podcast.

Need help?

Faculty and staff: contact your computer support coordinator. Students: contact your program's administration office.

Why podcast?

A podcast enables you to easily share audio or video recordings that can provide a richer educational experience to our students. Some examples:

  1. Enable flexible, repeatable experiences - Students can review a recorded lecture whenever, wherever, and however many times they want—it's the ultimate flexibility! Imagine students reviewing your lecture while waiting for the bus or while on the treadmill at the gym.
  2. Bring the outside in - Faculty members can record information outside the classroom that is too expensive or too large to bring into the classroom.
  3. Take the students out - Create a virtual field trip: pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, science talks, health clinics. When it's impossible to take your students someplace valuable, record the experience and provide the audio or video instead.

What might I record?

Podcast examples

  1. UCSF:
    1. Public: Visit Podcasts@UCSF while not logged in.
    2. UCSF-only: Log in to Podcasts@UCSF using your MyAccess account.
    3. UCSF-only: An Evidence Based Review on Herbs and Dietary Supplements, Candy Tsourounis, CP 170.10 - This course reviews the history and use of dietary supplements in the U.S. from a commercial standpoint. In addition, a systems-based approach is used to discuss the role for each product. An evidence-based perspective is used when available.
  2. City University of New York (CUNY):
    1. Reading Marx's Capital - Class 11, Chapter 25 - David Harvey - A close reading of the text of Karl Marx's Capital Volume I in 13 video lectures.
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):
    1. Videos of Digital Lab Techniques with instructors Dr. Kimberly Berkowski, Dr. Sarah Tabacco, Aayesha Siddiqui, and Eileen Huang
    2. MIT 7.012 Introduction to Biology - Robert A. Weinberg - course includes fundamental principles of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology; focuses on the exploration of current research in cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, genomics, and molecular medicine.
  4. Stanford University:
    1. Stanford on iTunes U. (Requires Apple iTunes)
  5. Open Yale Courses.
  6. Free Online Courses from Top Universities.