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Screencasting for Teaching (& Learning!)

Screencasting is ideal for creating repeatable, pausible mini-lessons or tutorials available to your students on the web. Screencast videos can free up classtime in face-to-face courses, be a major component of online courses, and may serve as the basis for student-created video assessments.  Faculty might easily create videos, such as:

  • weekly reminder videos, showing students what they need to engage with, and where to find it within D2L or out on the web.
  • technical procedures or introduce features of software or web tools.  
  • mini-lectures that feature dynamic markups of maps, photographs, or other visual media.


Here, you'll find a few resources to help you get started in, and do interesting things with screencasting:


Examples: Screencasts as Tutorials

Two Geography Tools

Footnotes in Word

Instead of making tutorials, you can find videos that other people have made.   Many, such as this video for iMovie, are quite good,  but might not be ideal for your assignment Existing tutorials on the web (video or otherwise) may have more or less than your students need for your class.  As with any assignment, you'll need to consider whether existing resources are appropriate, or something more specific must be made.The above videos make no reference to a specific course, and may be used by instructors in multiple classes. 


Tools for Screencasting

Microsoft PowerPoint

Powerpoint for Windows allows you to export a narrated presentation as a .mp4 file. This is probably the simplest method for recording something like a lecture or slide-based lesson.


Ideal for everyday screencast and webcam recording. Free version allows 15 minute videos with a minor watermark. Videos recorded can be sent directly to Screencast-O-Matic's hosting site or YouTube, and allows video file creation for hosting in Google Drive. Videos can record and include screencasts, webcams, or both. Paid version includes editing and scripting tools.

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation has Screencast-O-Matic Pro licenses available for Faculty. email for details.

Introduction: Getting Started, and Creating a Video File

Uploading to YouTube from Screencast-O-Matic

An excellent whiteboarding tool for tablets that records all activity as a screencast. Ideal for discussing maps or images with annotations.

QuickTime & iMovie for Mac

If you have a Mac, you have everything you need for webcam and screencast recording and editing. Quicktime can record screencasts, either from your Mac OS X PC, or from a connected iOS device (iPhone or iPad.)

iMovie is a powerful video editing application.

After you've recorded your video, you need to put it somewhere on the internet so your students can find and see it.  At Canisius we have several web spaces to do this.  Probably the best is using our Google Apps for Education accounts, and hosting a video either at YouTube or at Google Drive.  


Hosting Videos

Includes simple editing tools. Easier to embed in Desire2Learn. Class videos can be assembled into playlists, making it easier for students to find them all at once. Keeping videos private (limited to your class) doable but not as easy as Google Drive.

Google Drive

Cloud Storage using YouTube player technology. Easier-to-use sharing limitations, but a little more work to embed videos in Desire2Learn.



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