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 circles, arrows, or other annotations, audio narration, or a small "headshot" image of the presenter.
Screencasts are a kind of digital video, 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
For consumers, streaming video services like NetFlix and YouTube have set the expectation that online video should be always available and easy to access. In online and blended learning, video has played an increasingly important role.
The ubiquity of video-capable mobile devices and free hosting services (like YouTube or Vimeo) has also spurred just-in-time video capture, hosting, and editing, allowing anyone to become a creator and distributor of video content.
Tools Commonly used at VCC
Kaltura is the platform that VCC uses to manage audio and video media. Kaltura allows VCC instructors and students to easily share and manage video content. Users can upload, publish, and search videos, easily embed videos into online courses, and create video-based assignments and quizzes.
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).
This is a free web-based screencasting tool that's realtively 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).
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: