What is it?

Screencasts is often an easy and quick way to present a subject or make a demonstration of eg. software procedures.
Watch these examples of screencasts:

Recording of a PPT with voiceover

Presentation of a course in Absalon (DK)

What is the value?

Screencasts can be useful for visualizing complex processes where words fall short. It can also be a recording of a PowerPoint presentation or other presentation/software or a recording of you talking about a subject. Or it can be a combination, where you are recorded simultanously by a webcam.

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

When using flipped classroom you make online lectures used as students’ preparation to save valuable time. This time is used for activating the students when teaching on campus. Read more about Flipped classroom.

The students can visit the screencast recordings again and again, e.g. during the exam period.

Didactic Tips

Below are a few good tips for making screencasts. You can also find a brief guide here.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

Start with an introduction
End your recording with a short summary


Which Software Should I choose?

There are many different tools for screencasts. The output can be played on all platforms, e.g. PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets.

At UCPH we recommend using two kinds of screencast apps.

Kaltura Capture in Absalon
Key features Guides
  • Embedded in Absalon (automatic upload to My Media)
  • Basic editing tools
  • App and web-based
  • PC and Mac
ScreenPal (formerly Screencast-O-Matic)
Key features Guides
  • Simple click-and-record feature
  • Web and app
  • PC and Mac
  • More advanced editing

PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to use ScreenPal, you need to upload it to My Media in Absalon and then share it.

Please contact your faculty e-learning consultant for further information about ScreenPal.

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.