What is a Screencast

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.

Why a screencast?

There are several reasons to make a screencast:

when to use a screencast?

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

How to get started

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

Camtasia (https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html)

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.

PowerPoint (Microsoft Support site)
MS Powerpoint offers a feature to record your powerpoint presentation, including presentation tools, like pointers.

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.


For more information send an email to telt@utwente.nl. If you want yo use Camtasia (the software we would advise for most scenarios), you can contact the LISA Servicedesk to request a license.