Screencasting refers to capturing the activity happening on your computer screen in real-time in order to demonstrate software or some online activity to someone else. Often, screencasts may include circels, arrows or other annotations, audio narration, or a small "headshot" image of the presenter.
Screencasts are a form of digital video production, but because they don't require a camera or lighting, they can be an extremely practical and efficient way to share information.
Tools to create screencasts range from free online services to full-featured dedicated editing packages.
The rise of Video
In relation to online and blended learning, video has played an increasingly important role as a demonstration tool. Streaming video services like NetFlix and YouTube have set up an expectation that online video is always available and easy to access. Streaming video services compete more and more with older methods of distribution provided by large broadcast networks.
The ubiquity of video-capable mobile devices and free hosting services (like YouTube or Vimeo) has enabled just-in-time video capture and online distribution and editing, allowing anyone to become a creator and distributor of video content, right in the moment.
A free web-based screencasting tool that's pretty easy to use. If budget or speed is an issue, and you won't need to do much video editing, this may be a good solution (as well as a good place to begin exploring how to screencast).
Camtasia Studio is a great all-around tool for editing videos or recording screencasts. It's also one of the more cost-effective screen-capture/editor suites on the market (comparable in features to more expensive solutions like Adobe Captivate).
We can help you plan and execute your screencasts and educational videos, and integrate them into your VCC online courses.
Contact eLearning Support to ask for design or production help.
Here are some links to useful tools and resources: