What are screencasts?
Generally, screencasts can be categorised in two groups:
Traditionally 'screencasting' refers to instructional screen recordings that demonstrate how to use applications displayed on the recording screen.
Typically, instructional screencasts will:
- include 'step by step' details,
- exist as part of a series
- require careful planning to remain succinct
In addition, they may require editing to highlight/draw attention to specific sections of an interface, through zoom or annotation.
Screencasting is also used to describe short, informal 'presentation' videos; to explain a concept or answer questions.
- audio with accompanying slides / other screen-based visuals (e.g. a document, webpage)
- webcam feed showing a 'talking head' shot (e.g. head and shoulders)
- webcam feed showing hand annotation or other digital annotation input (e.g. a Pencast).
What should I record?
Screencasts should be used to deliver core content asynchronously, as part of a suite of complementary learning activities to prepare students for live interactive sessions.
Your screencasts should be succinct, topic-driven videos that signpost to further reading and additional media for students.
The following resources provide ideas for content and format, however IMPs (Information and Policy Management Services) provide details regarding copyright and the virtual classroom.
Screencast ideas and examples from CQSD T&L Exchange
As well as delivering your core content via screencasts, you can use them to foster an engaging online environment for your students.
The following examples are taken from subject specific case studies shared on the Personal Capture section of the T&L Exchange:
(screen based instruction or ‘in the field’)
|Q&A, modelling exam approaches, FAQs or ‘listicals’
(e.g. ‘top 10’…or ‘ask me anything’)
|Summary of course performance
(e.g. thematic feedback on task/activity)
|Activity instructions, signposting students
and ‘framing’ online learning resources.
|Week ahead summary or week proceeding,
(e.g. helping students make links between topics).
|Revision topic, review of a tricky concept/question
or simply delivering key course content
|Capturing writing, drawing or other special notation,
Colleagues at the university discuss their recording experiences, and the impact of using screencasts for teaching and learning:
Links to screencasts created by the TEL Showcase speakers:
- Compilation of different types/styles of screencasts, featuring examples
- A UG 'taster' screencast containing core learning content
- Presentation with a small video feed
- An interactive 'choose your own lectures' video
- Mock exam essay question debrief
- Lecture topic summaries
- Revision exam tips
- Programme Director module selection information
The following TEL webinar clip discusses screencast ideas for teaching: