What is screencasting?
This is a method for storing in a video file, the screen output from your computer, often with a recorded soundtrack. Essentially you may record what is on the screen at that time. For example going through a PowerPoint presentation, scanning down a Word Document, observations on an image which could be a photo, animation, cad drawing or even an Excel chart. The viewer can then follow every action the demonstrator makes, including mouse and keyboard actions.
What might it be useful for?
Examples might include creating how to tutorials, overview of an assessment (including the marking criteria), voice over lecture slides, or for giving feedback to students on an assignment. Feedback could be specifically for one student, but you may also want to consider giving generic feedback to the class or a set of FAQs.
Available on multiple devices
The videos may be accessed via a PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. This means that students can watch a screencast on a mobile device, whilst working on another device. For the exemplar of feedback, it makes this readily accessible and available to watch and listen to whenever they wish to access it.
Some do’s and don’ts
- rehearse your dialogue, write it down if needed
- make sure what you say is unambiguous, students can’t easily ask for clarification from a video
- use a quiet room – background conversation is easily picked up
- include an introduction to say what the video is about
- keep your message succinct
- make the video year specific if you plan to use the resource again
- have other applications open on your screen, especially if they might be showing sensitive or confidential information
- include “ummms” and “errs” if you can help it
- move to quickly around the screen with the mouse pointer
- be afraid of doing another take – it does get easier with practice!
What software is available?
Some of the popular tools include:
Contact Lee Coddington for more information about university licences to use these.