What is a screencast?
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. Anything that you can do on your computer can be captured as a screencast.
What are screencasts used for?
Screencasting is becoming a popular method of enhancing learning in both face-to-face and online or hybrid classes. With screencasts faculty can:
demonstrate mathematical equations
draw graphs with audio narration
give slide presentations accompanied by audio narration
demonstrate a computer application
display the process of writing a diagram or calculation
provide audio/video feedback on student work
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.
To learn what programs we recommend and how to create a screencast, see "Create a Screencast"