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Educational videos (Screencasting) to engage learning


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Humans are visual beings, in fact, so much so that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. It’s no wonder that screencasting has become a prominent teaching tool.

There are many advantages to using screencasting for both the teacher and the student. For the teacher, a screencast is an efficient and effective means of describing a process, explaining a concept, or presenting a PowerPoint. For the student, screencasting allows them to learn by example, seeing a step-by-step sequence in great detail or viewing a screencast video directly related to lesson content. In addition, students can watch a screencast video anytime, anywhere and have complete control, so they can review any part of the presentation as needed.

In these slides, Michelle will show you how to create and publish a video using Screencast-o-matic. You’ll learn:

Pedagogy behind educational videos
Best practice in creating an educational video
How to distribute

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Educational videos (Screencasting) to engage learning

  2. 2. Outline • Options and uses for Screencasts • Pedagogy and best practice behind educational videos/screencasts • Screencasting software For instruction on creating a screencast please attend a PD event on screencasting
  3. 3. What is a Screencast? • A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen’s sequence of actions. • Resulting file is encoded into a format similar to video. • Ideal for developing on-screen tutorials. • Appeals to different learning styles. • Builds on existing teaching expertise.
  4. 4. Recording webcam only
  5. 5. Recording screen only
  6. 6. Recording both screen and webcam
  7. 7. Uses for Screencasts • Unit overview • Online lecturer introduction • Explaining Assignment tasks • Enhancing weekly content • Demonstrating how to navigate something online e.g. Searching for journal articles • Flipped learning activities • How do you think a screencast could be used in your classes?
  8. 8. Pedagogy behind educational videos • Personalise learning • Highlight important information • Listen at their own pace/time • Record complimentary information rather than replicate existing information • Add extra visual information to explain content and to trigger “new focus and attention” • More engaging for students than audio only • Ensure the the pedagogical approach encourages and promotes self-directed learning or self-regulated learning
  9. 9. Best practice in educational videos Stage of self-regulation Scaffolding 1. Planning and goal setting • Provide an overview of the concept being presented • Activate prior knowledge • Ask students to set a goal for their learning • Require students to plan how to achieve their goal 2. Monitoring processes and metacognitive control • Present questions and tasks to check for understanding, and to get students to actively engage in the problem solving process 3. Reflection on self-knowledge and task achievement • Encourage students to reflect on the learning process and on their understanding of the concept • Ask students to document areas of uncertainty and to prepare questions for their lecturer or tutor
  10. 10. • Plan carefully • Set up a quiet area • Create a script • Keep it short (10 minutes or less) • Incorporate cues to encourage active learning • Practice, practice, practice! Best practice in educational videos
  11. 11. What Screencasts are available? Screencast-o-matic Jing Screenr GoView ScreenCastle SnagIt Camtasia Captivate UTGreat SnapzProX ScreenFlow Screenium CamStudio Wink MS PowerPoint Keynote
  12. 12. To start, click “Start Recording”