Screencasting makes use of screen recording software like Camtasia Studio which permits the user to record any and all actions on a computer screen, including audio narration. Screen recordings can then be posted as movies files to be downloaded or streamed over the internet. The availability of inexpensive and fairly easy to use software has opened up an entire new realm of possibilities for educators looking to create engaging and useful instructional content for their students.
Some potentially valuable instructional uses of screencasting in higher education include:
- Narrated PowerPoint slideshows
- Software tutorials
- Narrated web tours
- Tutorials integrated with tablet PC functionality
The CTE offers workshops to assist faculty members with exploring the instructional use of screen recording technology to support teaching and learning: Creating Instructional Screencasts. Faculty members interested in learning more about how screencasting might be used in their teaching are welcome to contact Jeff Nugent at the CTE (firstname.lastname@example.org).