A screencast is a video recording of what is displayed on your screen, often including a voiceover.

Screencasts allow you to present information to your audience in a way that more engaging and explanatory than simply sharing a PowerPoint presentation with slide notes for example.

Most screencasting tools give you the option of including a webcam video and some offer the ability to build in quizzes to further engage the audience.

What can you use screencasting for?


An example of screencasting used for a how-to demonstrationHow-to demonstration

It can be easier and more engaging to show someone how to do something than to explain this in writing.

This screencast gives a short introduction to shuspace.


An example of how screencasting can be used for presentationsPresentations

You can present anything that appears on your screen using screencasting.

This example presents various online tools to the viewer.


An example of screencasting used for assessment feedbackAssessment feedback

This example shows how you can use screencasting to give feedback on assessments.


Screencasting examples at SHU

Screencasting for student experience

blog3Does screencasting improve the student experience in the teaching of radiotherapy planning? (Blog post)
(Mark Collins, HWB) Tool:

Illustrating difficult concepts using screencasts (PDF case study)
Cecile Morris (SBS) Tool:

Screencasting for assessment

videoUsing screencasting as a form of assessment on distance learning modules (Video)
(Nicky Snowdon and Mel Lindley, HWB) Tool:

Screencasting for feedback

Screencast-O-Matic as a feedback tool (Video)
(Martin Jones, ACES) Tool:

Screencasting – used to give video and audio feedback on assignments (Blog post)
(Jamie Caine, ACES) Tool:

Using screencasts as an effective feedback assessment tool (PDF case study)
(John Metcalf, ACES) Tool:


Equipment needed for screencasting

Screencasting tool of choice +

Headphones or speakers and a microphone or headphones with an inbuilt microphone. A webcam is optional.

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Note: Laptops often have inbuilt speakers, webcams, and microphones which can be used for screencasting however plugging in external headphones with microphone can help to improve the quality of the audio recording and reduce background noise.


Sharing your screencast

Screencasts output as a video files that can then be uploaded to the internet and shared with your chosen audience. We recommend saving the screencast file as .mp4 format.

There are many places you can store and share your screencasts such as YouTube, Blackboard and PebblePad.

Speak with your Faculty Technology Enhanced Learning team or IT Help about the most appropriate storage solution for your screencasts.

helpHow to screencast feedback and upload to Blackboard (Blog post and how-to video)


Last updated: 28.06.20