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  • Screen castingacrlmd2011

    1. 1. ScreenCasting<br />Best Practices<br />Carissa Tomlinson<br />Emerging Technologies Librarian<br />Albert S. Cook Library<br />Towson University<br />
    2. 2. What is a Screencast?<br />A video recording of your computer screen often used in libraries for tutorials.<br />Common screencasting software includes<br /><ul><li>Captivate
    3. 3. Camtasia
    4. 4. Jing
    5. 5. CamStudio</li></ul>See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_screencasting_software<br />
    6. 6. Before you Begin…<br /><ul><li>Organize a screencast/tutorial working group:
    7. 7. To develop your library’s best practices
    8. 8. To review screencasts (especially ones used across classes/disciplines) for style, content, function, etc
    9. 9. To organize and keep track of files for future updates
    10. 10. Make sure you have the right tools:
    11. 11. Choose a software and get training
    12. 12. A good microphone goes a long way
    13. 13. A quiet space</li></li></ul><li>Standardization: create a professional look<br /><ul><li>Create a brand or use your existing library brand
    14. 14. Create and use a standard intro/exit slide
    15. 15. Include a place for the screencast creator’s name
    16. 16. Include a date
    17. 17. List if audio is available/ required
    18. 18. Pick a standard size for screencasts
    19. 19. Keep in mind smaller screens
    20. 20. Record at that size- resizing may create problems
    21. 21. YouTube requires 640 x 480 </li></li></ul><li>Standardization: create a professional look<br /><ul><li>Develop suggested/required design elements.
    22. 22. Text size, color, font
    23. 23. Text box colors, text justification
    24. 24. Highlight box color and style
    25. 25. Give some creative license</li></li></ul><li>Content Development <br /><ul><li>Understand your audience
    26. 26. Who is the screencast for and what do they need?
    27. 27. Develop with a purpose
    28. 28. Take note of the library’s resources and their uses.
    29. 29. Plan it out
    30. 30. Script
    31. 31. Storyboard</li></li></ul><li>Content Development <br /><ul><li>Make it helpful
    32. 32. Think like a patron and navigate resources in a meaningful manner
    33. 33. Keep it short – less than 5 minutes is ideal
    34. 34. Make it interactive
    35. 35. Make it accessible
    36. 36. Any onscreen text should complement audio
    37. 37. Any narration should also have a closed captioning option
    38. 38. Viewers should understand tutorial without listening to sound</li></li></ul><li>After you’re Done: Marketing<br /><ul><li>Highlight guides on the library’s website/ newsletter
    39. 39. Organize guides in an easy to find manner
    40. 40. Work with faculty to embed them in Course Management Systems
    41. 41. Put them on YouTube
    42. 42. Useful for mobile users that can’t view flash</li></li></ul><li>After you're done: Organization & Updating<br /><ul><li>File management
    43. 43. Files are large, delete multiple copies
    44. 44. Keep all files in one place
    45. 45. Do not have guides in multiple places on the web
    46. 46. Updating
    47. 47. Periodically check if guides need to be updated
    48. 48. Make sure guides are updated after any website / database interface change</li></li></ul><li>Further reading<br />Comparison of screencasting software. Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_screencasting_software <br />Oud, Joanne (2009) Guidelines for effective online instruction using multimedia screencasts", Reference Services Review, 37(2), 164 - 177. doi:10.1108/00907320910957206<br />User Education Services at the University of Maryland. (n.d.). Best practices using Adobe Captivate. Retrieved from: http://www.lib.umd.edu/UES/bestpractices.pdf <br />

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