7 Things You Need to Know About Recorded Lectures


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7 Things You Need to Know About Recorded Lectures

  1. 1. 1. What Are They?Camtasia is a mul media recording and authoring program used to record screenac ons and narrate PowerPoint slides. Video clips, images, and audio can be added.Instructors use Camtasia to make videos of screen ac ons or their PowerPoint slideswith voice narra on. Videos can be produced in mul ple formats and posted to astreaming server, YouTube, or directly within a course in a learning management system.Learning Technology Services (LTS) has a “quiet room” in their work area. This roomincludes a computer equipped with Camtasia Studio and a studio-quality microphone.Instructors can use this room for free by simply signing up on a calendar. Training andassistance in the quiet room are available from LTS staff.2. Who Is Doing It?Ann Brand (Educa on) uses Camtasia to create mini lectures explaining the conceptsthat she would normally discuss in a face-to-face (F2F) class. She provides links to thevideos for her online students.John Kirk (Chemistry) uses Camtasia to create short videos covering content tradi onallycovered in class. He uses quizzes through D2L to gauge understanding and encouragewatching videos and reading the textbook outside of class. Class me is devoted tofocusing on just those concepts that students find difficult or interes ng and on moreinterac ve projects.Todd Zimmerman (Physics) uses Camtasia to record short lectures for students to viewbefore coming to class. By moving first exposure of material out of the classroom he canspend class me working on problems or discussing difficult concepts. He also recordsshort videos for students to watch before reading the text, poin ng out important detailsto focus on and ques ons they should be able to answer a er they have completed thereading.Jennifer Grant (Biology) Jen Grant uses Camtasia to instruct students in an onlinecourse on biotechnology. Dr. Grant is par cularly interested in how strategic design ofcourse content can be used to bridge the interpersonal gap between online studentsand their professors.3. How Do They Work? What Can You Do?Some strategies for recorded Camtasia lectures include:• Chunking classroom lectures into smaller pieces. Shorter recordings are easier forinstructors to record and easier for busy students to watch. Many adult learners donot have me to watch a recorded lecture from start to finish. However, if that lectureis chunked, they may find mes throughout their day to watch the lecture modules.• The screen recording feature in Camtasia can be used to make a video demo of aso ware applica on or website for students. Students can watch the video mul plemes to understand the applica on or website naviga on.• Videos made in Camtasia can be cap oned. Cap oned videos are more accessible tostudents who are deaf, hard of hearing, or non-na ve English speakers.4. Why Is It Significant?More courses at UW-Stout are being taught completely online and many F2F coursesinclude larger online components. Using recorded lectures enables instructors to addressthe differing student learning styles. Some students may prefer to read from a book.Others may prefer to view a narrated slide show. When instructors post transcripts ofPossibilities & Applications• Provide lecture materials for student viewingoutside class and using class me toexplore concepts in more depth.• Post recorded lectures for completelyonline students who would not otherwisereceive lectures.• Enable engagement and discussion in theclassroom by giving students requiredknowledge for ac vi es and discussions.• Encourage student accountability forclass prepara on.• Cap on recorded lectures to increaseaccessibility for deaf, hard of hearing, andnon-na ve English speakers.• Produce lectures properly for delivery viamobile devices for increased availabilityto students.• Create class prepara on or supplementalmaterials for hybrid or flipped courses.• Provide students with addi onal problemsolving exercises.• Create a screen recording tutorial thatguides students through the process ofopera ng a so ware applica on.• Bring history to life through the inclusionof famous speeches, videos, or photos inrecorded lectures.Who to Contact:Learning Technology ServicesRich Bergbergr@uwstout.edu715-232-1223What instructors are saying:“Yes, the lectures improve student learning.I see it in the breadth and depth of theirdiscussion board posts and their abilityto apply the material in other wri enassignments.”- Dr. Ann BrandWhat students are saying:“I really liked the lectures that he postedonline! They were informa ve and wouldhelp clarify parts of the chapter I had alreadyread. Keep it up..... I thought it was veryhelpful.”- Chemistry Student7 Things You Need to Know about Recorded Camtasia Lecturesfrom Learning Technology Services at UW-Stout
  2. 2. their recorded lectures, students may read them or use them to take notes.In completely online courses, narrated lectures help to establish a sense of instructorpresence with the students. Narrated lectures help to make the instructor seem morereal in the eyes of the student.Student responses to recorded lectures have been mostly posi ve. Students like theability to replay lectures, and rewind certain parts of lectures for clarity, something thatis not always possible in a F2F lecture.5. What Are the Implica ons for Teaching and Learning?When recorded lectures are placed online for students, F2F class me can be used toengage students in conversa ons about the course content and gauge student learning.For completely online students, recorded lectures give the students a chance to gainthe same kind of informa on and understanding they would get from the instructor ina tradi onal lecture. Online lectures also help keep the online experience from being acompletely text-based form of delivery.6. What Are the Downsides? Things to Consider?Prepara on is key for instructors when deciding to record lectures for students. It ismost advisable to consider preparing recorded lectures the semester before actuallydeploying them for student consump on. If using PowerPoint lectures, instructorsneed to have PowerPoint slides up-to-date and chunked into logical sec ons.Recording and edi ng me is another issue. Instructors may want to do some edi ng ofrecordings they have made, add tle slides, and add a UW-Stout wordmark. In addi on tothe me it actually takes to make the recordings, these edits, depending on how many,may add some me to the process.Cap oning can be one of the longer processes involved with edi ng, depending on thelength of the recording and the amount of speech present. If an instructor does nothave the me or inclina on to create a transcript, they may be able to use a fee-basedtranscrip on service. Some services are already in place for the UW System and can befound at the following link: h ps://kb.wisc.edu/helpdesk/page.php?id=15016. Instructorsneed only to have a transcript created, which they can import into Camtasia for cap oncrea on. The transcript can also be posted in the instructor’s D2L course site for studentsto read, or to print out for note-taking purposes.There may be some ini al resistance to the use of recorded lectures, when they mustviewed outside of class me in a F2F course. Students may not understand that coveringthe lecture material outside of class enables them to have a richer learning experiencewhen a ending class. To help students adjust to this approach, instructors should striveto make in-class experiences meaningful and enriching.7. Where Is It Going at UW-Stout?Learning Technology Services has had Camtasia for a number of years. Over the lasttwo years, however, interest in Camtasia has begun to grow. Some instructors come toLTS for training and to do some ini al recordings and then purchase their own licenses,which enables them to record anywhere at any me.Recent surveys administered by faculty who are using recorded Camtasia lectures andscreen recordings have been promising. Student responses have been mostly posi ve.Students have also given feedback on how the recordings could be improved in thefuture.Over 75% thought the recorded lectures helped them to feel confidentthat they understood the course materials wellOver 71% thought listening to the recorded lectures helped them tomaster the course content.Over 81% thought the content in the recorded lectures was agood supplement to other course materialsOver 87% thought the recorded lectures added instructional valueto the courseOver 81% thought the recorded lectures reinforced theirunderstanding of the course contentIni al Results:Survey responses collected from studentswhose instructors used recorded lectures4.08%0.00%8.16%30.61%57.14%0.00%10.00%20.00%30.00%40.00%50.00%60.00%StronglyDisagreeDisagree Neutral Agree Strongly AgreeThe recorded lectures added instructional value to thecourse.2.08% 0.00%16.67%27.08%54.17%0.00%10.00%20.00%30.00%40.00%50.00%60.00%StronglyDisagreeDisagree Neutral Agree Strongly AgreeListening to the recorded lectures reinforced myunderstanding of the course content.4.08% 4.08%10.20%36.73%44.90%0.00%5.00%10.00%15.00%20.00%25.00%30.00%35.00%40.00%45.00%50.00%StronglyDisagreeDisagree Neutral Agree Strongly AgreeThe content in the recorded lectures was a goodsupplement to the other course materials.2.04% 2.04%20.41%42.86%32.65%0.00%5.00%10.00%15.00%20.00%25.00%30.00%35.00%40.00%45.00%StronglyDisagreeDisagree Neutral Agree Strongly AgreeListening to the recorded lectures helped me to feelconfident that I understood the course materials well.2.04% 4.08%22.45%53.06%18.37%0.00%10.00%20.00%30.00%40.00%50.00%60.00%StronglyDisagreeDisagree Neutral Agree Strongly AgreeListening to the recorded lectures helped me to masterthe course content.