Information Resources & Technology

Share a Talk

Video and audio recordings have become commonplace in most lectures at the Stanford University School of Medicine. This allows students to review the material later, and makes it possible to teach a class asynchronously with students from across the world through a system called Maestro. All rooms in the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, and Alway M106, M112 and M114 are equipped for video capture, handled through the MedScheduling office at or 650-723-6952. Spaces that are not scheduled through the MedScheduling office may also have this capability, you can contact Event Services at 650-723-2285. Additionally, you can create HD video and share it through other channels, including YouTube and iTunes U.


Maestro is the magic behind getting the video recording of your talk out to your audience. The system automates the process, making it simple for both lecturers and lecturees alike.


YouTube is a very popular video sharing site, available to anyone. A user can create a channel to aggregate their content on the site. Stanford maintains an official Stanford YouTube Channel for the university, and regularly publishes content on a variety of subjects. Information on contributing to Stanford's Youtube Channel can be found on the YouTube and iTunes U Contributor site.

YouTube, however, can be used much more informally if your content is public and unrestricted by copyright or privacy. To create an account:

  1. Go to
  2. In the upper-right, click “Create Account”
  3. Enter your information, and follow the prompts to complete registration.

Once you have an account, the link at the top, near the middle for “Upload” will allow you to post your videos, and then it will provide you with a link that you can give out to view your video.

Software Recommendations

Many video editing applications, such as iMovie, FlipShare and Vado Central software have built-in functions to upload to YouTube, bypassing the site entirely. If you’ve used one of these tools to edit your video, it is recommended that you take advantage of this feature. For more help, see that application’s “help” menu.

Stanford on iTunes U

Stanford maintains a growing number of curricula online through iTunes U, generally consisting of entire classes posted as “podcasts.” When a user subscribes to a podcast on iTunes U, they get a copy of the video from each lecture, organized by date. They can even subscribe to a class that is in progress, and as each new video is posted, it will automatically be downloaded to the user’s computer.

In order to post a course to Stanford iTunes U, contact and specify that you want your course recorded, and that the recording should be a public release onto iTunes U. After that, EdTech and the iTunes U team will work to get your videos publishing to iTunes. More information is available on the YouTube and iTunes U Contributor site.

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