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?
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.
You can present anything that appears on your screen using screencasting.
This example presents various online tools to the viewer.
This example shows how you can use screencasting to give feedback on assessments.
Screencasting examples at SHU
Screencasting for student experience
Does screencasting improve the student experience in the teaching of radiotherapy planning? (Blog post)
(Mark Collins, HWB) Tool: Screencast-O-Matic.com
Illustrating difficult concepts using screencasts (PDF case study)
Cecile Morris (SBS) Tool: Camtasia
Screencasting for assessment
Using screencasting as a form of assessment on distance learning modules (Video)
(Nicky Snowdon and Mel Lindley, HWB) Tool: Screencast-O-Matic.com
Screencasting for feedback
Screencast-O-Matic as a feedback tool (Video)
(Martin Jones, ACES) Tool: Screencast-O-Matic.com
Screencasting – used to give video and audio feedback on assignments (Blog post)
(Jamie Caine, ACES) Tool: Screencast-O-Matic.com
Using screencasts as an effective feedback assessment tool (PDF case study)
(John Metcalf, ACES) Tool: Screencast-O-Matic.com
Equipment needed for screencasting
Missing any of this equipment? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Screencasting tools available at SHU
The main tools available to staff are Screencast-O-Matic Pro and Camtasia. Find out more about these screencasting tools and advice on how to choose the right tool.
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.
How to screencast feedback and upload to Blackboard (Blog post and how-to video)
Last updated: 07.11.17