What is it?

A video recording of your screen is called a screencast. With a screencast you can make short videos, for example to explain something to the students or your colleagues.

Watch these examples of screencasts:

Recording of a PPT with voiceover

Presentation of a course in Absalon (DK)

What is the value?

You can use screencasts to demonstrate software features, i.e. how to use a specific program the students need to complete to the course.

You can also use them as part of online lectures, to provide video feedback on assignments, and more.

Didactic Tips

Below are a few good tips for making screencasts. You can also find a brief guide here: How to create a good screencast.recordings_630

Write a good script:

Keep the purpose of the video in mind

Be aware of the target group
Use specific cases to make it concrete

Make several short videos

Prepare for recording
Be yourself and speak slowly and clearly
Avoid background noise

If the camera is on you
Choose your background
Be aware of the light
Look into the camera

Recording
Start with an introduction
End your recording with a short summary

Which Software Should I choose?

There are many different tools for screencasts. One of the simple, cheap/free tools is Screencast-o-matic. The output can be played on all platforms, e.g. PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets. You can find it here.

Even more

A different kind of screencast is a pencast. This is a tool for recording writings, drawings and voiceovers.

If you want to know more about how to get started, please contact the e-learning consultants at your faculty.