A screencast is a digital recording of what is done on a computer screen during a certain period of time. The screencast can contain a PowerPoint slideshow, but it can also be a demonstration of a software program. 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. 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.
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.
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.
There are many screencast recording software programs available without costs. Examples are:
Camtasia is a the software that we would advise for most usage scenarios. With Camtasia you can also create interactive features in the screencast. More useful information is available at the Camtasia website. If you want to use Camtasia, contact the LISA Servicedesk to request a license.
Please check overview of screencast programs for a quick comparison regarding the options of the aforementioned software programs.
The TELT team can support you in designing a screencast. In case you want to get started right away, see:
See the contact information below if you have questions, want to borrow a microphone, or need didactical advice or support.