Screencasting Lectures

About Screencasts

A screencast is a video capture of the activity on a computer screen, which may also include audio narration, that can be viewed on the Web. Screencasting is becoming a popular method of enhancing learning in both face-to-face and online or hybrid classes. With screencasts faculty can:

Many faculty have found that by moving parts of their lecture online, they free up class time for focusing on most difficult concepts, hands-on work, or exploratory discussion. This is commonly referred to as the "flipped classroom" approach.

Screencasting Software

Several screencasting options exist for both Mac and Windows. As with all software, the exact feature set that comes with each screencast program changes as new versions are released, and the price range varies widely depending on the features offered.

Here are a few of the programs that the CTL has reviewed:

  1. Screencast-o-matic (
    To use this tool, you simply go to the website and start recording. The screencast videos are limited to 15 minutes and can be either saved to your computer or shared directly in YouTube. There are options to include captions if desired. Screencast-o-matic is also available as a free program that you can install on your Mac or PC.

  2. Camtasia (
    $75 for Camtasia for Mac 2.0 (Educational price)
    $179 for Camtasia Studio for Windows (Educational price)
    (Each offer annual maintenance and upgrades for additional 25%)
    Both the Mac and Windows versions of Camtasia are robust and fully-featured screencasting programs. They include a host of editing features including the ability to cut, splice, and combine clips; zoom and highlight specific areas of the screen; animations, transitions and a variety of video, audio, and cursor effects; title slides and captions; multiple video and audio tracks; and a table of contents feature. Camtasia Studio (Windows) includes several additional features such as the ability capture keyboard input and to embed simple quizzes and surveys.

    » See a comparison chart of Camtasia Studio (Windows) and Camtasia for Mac:
  3. Jing (
    Jing is made by Techsmith, the same company that offers Camtasia. It's for easy, quick videos of your screen - only up to 5 minutes long. You can choose the area of the screen to record as well as the audio level and you can turn on the webcam to include a video of your “head shot.” A link will be created for you to share the video. You can also save a copy to your computer.

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Short List of Comparisons: (Or see extended list)

Product Name Screencast-o-matic Jing Camtasia
Camtasia Windows
Cost Free or
Pro version ($15/yr)
Free $75 $179
Difficulty Beginner Beginner Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate/Advanced
Length Limit 15 minutes 5 minutes Unlimited Unlimited
Captions Yes No Yes Yes
Edit After Capture Limited in free version. More in Pro version. No Yes Yes

» See extended list of comparisions

External Resources for Screencasting

» [PDF] "7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting" from

» Learning to teach through video

Focus: how-to, basic principles, pedagogy; In the Library with the Lead Pipe

This article delves deep into all of the surrounding principles facing teaching with video (not just screencasting) it refers to teaching principles such as split attention, modality. redundancy, spatial contiguity, temporal contiguity and coherence principles when using multimedia instruction. Additionally the article speaks about how to plan video instruction and provides helpful insight into making video production easier for those with busy lives.

» Using Screencasting to Engage and Build Community with Online Learners

Focus: basic principles, pedagogy; Faculty Focus

An excellent introduction to the basic principles of creating screencasts to be used with online learners. This article shares a few additional resources not discussed in the prior articles.