Screencasting (an audio/visual recording of everything that happens on an instructor’s screen along with any verbal commentary the instructor supplies), is an exciting option for giving feedback on student work or providing just in time teaching about a complex practice or skill. For example, an instructor might open a student’s essay and record his/her cursor highlighting specific passages while verbally noting strengths and weaknesses. Another use might be to browse to a library database and explain, click-by-click, how to conduct an effective search for a research project. The resulting video gives students the virtual equivalent to a one-on-one tutoring session with the instructor. Here is a very brief example of a screencast.
There are a number of free programs for creating screencasts available on the Web; however, this tip sheet uses Screencast-O-Matic. Check out our favorite, a Chrome browser extension, Screencastify. The process requires just a few minutes to master. When the recording is finished, the program produces a URL that can be copied and pasted into a (private) Moodle grading feedback window or (if meant to be distributed more widely) onto a Moodle page for students to view.
- Open the student paper on your computer screen (or browse to the Website you are going to use).
- Open a browser (preferably Chrome or Firefox), browse to Screencast-O-Matic, and click on "Start Recording." (Note, you do NOT need an account to make a recording; however, you may need to activate some Java script to allow the program to run.)
- A new (transparent) screen with dotted line border will open. Minimize the browser window (the Screencast-O-Matic site) by clicking on the minus sign.
- Resize the dotted line border frame to fit the object (the Word doc or browser window) that you want to record. Make sure your microphone is connected and on. Then click on the red "record" button.
- The program will begin a countdown (3-2-1) and then start recording your voice and any movements of your cursor (or if you are on a Web page, any linking to other pages).
- At any point you can pause the recording and then restart
- When you are ready to continue recording, click on the red record button. There will be another 3 second countdown, and then you can resume.
- If at any point you want to stop and redo the recording, click on the "Restart" button and begin recording, again. Once you have finished recording, click on the "Done" button. (Note: It is highly recommended that you not exceed 3 minutes for a recording, although Screencast-O-Matic free recordings can be up to 15 minutes long.)
- At this point, you can preview the recording (by clicking on the green arrow). If you are dissatisfied with the result, you can click the "Done with this recording button" and begin again (from Step 2, above).
- If you choose to use the recording, click "Publish to Video File."
- Then click "Save Video"
- Name your video, then save it to your Desktop.
- It will take a few minutes for the video to process, but then you will receive a message that it is completed, and the file will be saved to your Desktop.
- Log on to your Augsburg Gmail account then open your Google Drive. [Note: Steps 14 through 19 only need to be completed ONCE. If you have already created a Google Folder for your screencast(s) (and shared it with Anyone at Augsburg with the link), you can skip to step 20.]
- Click on the "Create" button (the left margin) and select "Folder" from the dropdown menu.
- Name and Create your new Google Folder
- Check the box next to your new folder, and then on the "Share" icon.
- The default setting for Google folders is "private." However, you need to change this so students will be able to view your video(s).
- Checking the option "People at Augsburg College with the link" ensures students' privacy (if you are doing screencast grading and send them the link by email or in the feedback box of a graded Moodle assignment). It also means a recording meant for the entire class will be viewable if you post the link on your Moodle site.
- Click on your Google Screencast Folder to open it, and then Drag & Drop the video file into the folder OR click on the "Upload" icon and browse and select the file from your desktop to upload it.
- Click on the "Upload and share" button (this confirms that you can share anything uploaded into this folder with anyone from Augsburg College with whom you share the link).
- The video file will now be visible in the folder. Close the "Upload complete" box.
- To obtain the link to share, check the box next to the title of the video, and then click on the "Share" icon.
- In the window that opens, you will see the link you can copy and paste into the appropriate place.
- The next time you browse to Screencast-O-Matic to record a new video, you may be asked if you want to use or delete the previous (existing) recording. You should delete this since you now have the file saved in your Google folder. Then continue the recording process from the beginning.
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Last Modified: 2015/03/19