Podcasting Tips for Instructors

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How it Works

Classroom Technology & Events has equipment installed in the room that will turn on at the beginning of your class, and then it turns off at the end of the class period. At the conclusion of the recording session, the MP3 is automatically posted here: http://www.css.washington.edu/blog/.


If a lecture series is open to the University of Washington Community, which consists of students, faculty, staff and alumni, a UW NetID is required to gain access to podcasts. If copyrighted materials are being used in the class and the instructor has restricted access to only those enrolled in his class, a unique class password will be issued which needs to to provided to the students.

Restricted Access

For classes in which access restricted to the students enrolled in the class, a unique class password will be issued which needs to to provided to the students. When a student clicks on the link for the class recordings, a window will pop up asking for a user name and password. There is no need to enter a user name. The unique class password that was distributed to the students by the instructor is required. A UW NetID will not work.


You have to use the microphone (wireless lapel, podium, etc.). The podcasts are recorded through the room's PA system. Choose the microphone that you prefer and make sure it is on.


If you are using power point slides or other materials that you make available to your students on the web, it is helpful to mention what slide number you are on, or what materials you are referencing.

Student Questions

When a student asks a question, your microphone rarely picks it up. It is helpful to repeat/summarize the question so that podcast listeners know what was asked -- or you may consider having them ask questions at a microphone.


Everything that happens during your class period is recorded. There may be times when it is appropriate to turn off your microphone. And your students need to know that the class is being recorded.

Copyright Issues

As is the case with any technology-based teaching and learning, the creation of content raises copyright issues. Copyright issues related to technology-based teaching and learning are often complex and can involve considerations of University policies, federal statute, and consultations with experts. There are University resources available if you have questions about copyright. Ceative commons has answers to many of podcasting related copyright issues: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Podcasting_Legal_Guide