Screencasts are narrated videos of what is taking place on your computer screen. They have become of the most popular tools for eLearning faculty. You can create welcome messages, course overview and navigation videos, mini-lectures, assignment instructions, assignment feedback, tutorials, and more.
Our recommended tool for screencasting is Screencast-O-Matic because of the versatility it offers. This free software provides 15 minutes of recording time and can be uploaded to YouTube for easy access. YouTube provides video editing tools and closed captioning. If you speak slowly and clearly when creating your videos it will require very little editing time for the captions. To meet ADA Compliance all video in your courses require closed captions or transcripts. Synced captions are the recommended forum.
To Use Screencast-O-Matic go to the Screencast-O-Matic website
Create a Screencast-O-Matic account:
- Click on Login on the Screencast-O-Matic
- Note: The login screen provides the registration info
Screencast-O-Matic provides a storage area to hold your videos. I would recommend setting up a YouTube account. YouTube provides many editing options for free to use with your videos. (e.g. closed captions and video editing)
Recommended Recording Equipment
A headset with adjustable microphone is recommended. The Logitech USB Headset H390 (Image below) can be purchased for around $35 and has been used by the eLearning Dept. with great success. “Noise-canceling microphone blocks unwanted sounds even in a noisy room”.