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Screencasts

INTRODUCTION

What is a Screencast

A screencast is a digital recording of what is visible and happening on a computer screen during a certain period of time. The screencast can contain a PowerPoint slide-show, but it can also be a demonstration of a software program or a video. Screencasts are often accompanied by a teacher’s voice-over and sometimes also images of a webcam are added. The screencast recording is made by your own computer, so no additional camera is needed. You can vary in the complexity of screencast recording software. Easy screencast recording software can produce a screencast within a few minutes, but it is also possible to add more complex features, such as a quizzes, music, and animations. In that case, more editing is necessary to design and finalize the screencast. Tip: search on ‘screencast’ on YouTube and you will get an idea of the possibilities’.

Why a screencast?

There are several reasons to make a screencast:

  • A screencast contributes to a rich learning environment, in which students can learn in different ways. It meets students’ needs.
  • A screencast offers the possibility to learn (and to educate) independent from place and time
  • A screencast offers the possibility to learn (and to educate) at your own pace (start, stop, pause, rewind).
  • A screencast is extremely suitable for topics where no interaction is necessary. For example, an introduction to a topic/module, a demonstration, or an explanation of a program, formula or model. The student doesn’t see the teacher as in face-to-face teaching, , so thinking about the screencast design is very important. Please see the job aid below.

when to use a screencast?

A screencast can be used at several moments in time, always keeping in mind your own learning outcomes:

  • Use the screencast before the lecture as homework and use the campus time for interaction, discussion and applying the knowledge between students and the teacher.
  • Use the screencast after the lecture, to deepen the content or provide additional material.
  • Use the screencast for self-study, for example as preparation for the exam.
  • Use the screencast as a testing method, let students hand in their assignments in a screencast manner.
  • Use the screencast as a feedback tool, by providing feedback in a screencast manner.

How to get started

There are many screencast recording software programs available without costs for your department. Examples are:

ScreenFlow (http://www.telestream.net/screenflow/overview.htm)
ScreenFlow is comparable to Camtasia, Where ScreenFlow for Mac users is more powerful.

ScreenFlow licenses need to be purchased, but 1 license is available and running in the "Do It Yourself"-Studio (Citadel T201)

Screencast-o-matic (http://screencast-o-matic.com)
Screencast-o-matic is a free tool for making easy screen recordings, up to 15 minutes. For more features or more recording time, a Pro (paid) version is required.

Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html)
Camtasia is a more advanced Screen Recording & Video Editing software.
More useful information is available at https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html 
A few licenses are available. See contact information below in order to request a license.

In the document below a quick comparison is done regarding a few of the options:
overview of screencast programs 

Support

The TELT group can support you in designing a screencast. These instructions are helpful for all screencast recording software. See also:

See the contact information below if you have questions, want to hire a microphone, or need didactical feedback or support.

Contact

For more information send an email to telt@utwente.nl.