Over the years, we’ve consulted with quite a few faculty about Screencasting. We’ve linked a few ways that faculty have incorporated this technology into their courses. Screencasting is when your computer screen is being recorded while narration is providing context. Because of its versatile nature, screencasting can be used to record lectures, help students grasp concepts1, enable students to learn at their own pace, clarify content, solve equations, provide feedback to individual students, create a broadcast response to all students, and much more. Screencasts are great for supporting learning in face-to-face, flipped2, hybrid3, and completely online courses.
Typically course instructors have been the producers of these digital artifacts. However, in recent semesters, our Student Fellows have started supporting faculty who want their students to create screencasts to complete assignments or presentations. For this assignment, students were introduced to, and taught Screencast-O-Matic.
As you can imagine, there are a number of screencasting tools available. In fact, the sheer volume can even be a little overwhelming. If screencasting is something you’re interested in, check out the Tech Tips of the month. We highlight a few of our favorite tools. Finally, if you decide to include screencasts in your course, consider creating a script ahead of time. It’ll make the captioning process that much easier.
1Read about Janet Casagrand's successful implementation of screencasting.
2Jeffrey Knutsen describes implementing screencasts for his flipped classroom.
3Read about Susan Kent’s journey in Creating Screencasts for Flipped and Hybrid Course Delivery