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.
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:
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Focus: pedagogy; Northern Illinois University
An excellent resource for the beginning user. Learn how screencasts can be designed to engage learners through well-conceived sequences of planned activities and assignments. This brief article shares a few popular resources and gives readers examples of a number of innovative ways screencasting can be used in their own teaching.
Focus: how-to, pedagogy; The Chronicle of Higher Education
This article focuses more on the technical aspects of screencasting. It provides an excellent overview of different products that can be used to accomplish different screencasting goals. The writer has included many handy screenshots showing specific export and "save as" settings for a number of popular tools. This is a great place to begin when you don't know which program you should use to accomplish your goals!
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.
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.