Screencasting 101

Screencasting, also known as screen capture, is a method to quickly show students content from your desktop by recording, editing and sharing videos. There are numerous free tools available such as Screencast-o-matic (easy-to-use, free), OBS Studio (open source, many features), Kaltura (embedded in COLLAB), Screencastify, Filmora, Jing, and Panopto. Tricks to screencasting are to keep videos short, concise, and “evergreen.” Evergreen means you record your videos without reference to current events, dates or seasons so that you can reuse the same video in the future without having to edit. Screencasts can be uploaded to any number of hosting sites such as Box, Google Drive, COLLAB, or YouTube.

10 Steps to Successful Screen Capture Videos

  1. Create an outline, storyboards can be helpful (see sample in below attachment)
  2. Decide on screencasting software, Screencast-o-matic is easy-to-use and free
  3. Record in a quiet environment (sound studio available at Clemons Library)
  4. Close out all other apps and tabs, declutter your desktop, turn off alerts and reminders
  5. Open up all the tools and documents you will use in your video
  6. Target 3-8 minute videos with excellent audio (microphones available at Clemons library)
  7. Summarize what you are covering in the video at the beginning and again at the end
  8. Be yourself, speak naturally, tell your story
  9. Edit/trim video to keep it short and take out any errors or pauses
  10. Create a transcript (see Do-It-Yourself Captioning on UVA Library site)

Additional Resources

  • Screencasting for educators - includes research on efficacy of tools, how to record, and extensive list of tools for storyboarding and recording content from Discovery Education
  • Screencasting to Engage Learning - tips and extensive lists of tools from Educase Review
  • How I record my lectures - a sample screencast by Vincent Racaniello who teaches virology at Columbia, explaining how to use ScreenFlow with products he uses to record his lectures and slides



This information was compiled by Online Learning's Kristin Palmer and can be accessed in the below document, which also contains a sample storyboard and additional resources.


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