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My name is Dr. Frances Boylan and I'm the Head of
eLearning Support & Development at the Technological University Dublin, Ireland.
This talk focuses on how to create effective screencasts.
So, what is a screencast?
Well, a screencast is a recording of your computer screen,
the screen on your phone, or on your tablet,
which more often than not, is accompanied by audio narration.
So, when a viewer is watching one of your screencasts,
they're watching a video that you made yourself of
what's happening on your computer screen at
any particular point in time and listening
to you speak over those images of what they are watching.
It's basically another type of instructional video.
Screencasts can be used for so many things.
For example, they're perfect for
showing your students how to log into your online course,
and how to navigate the different tools they'll need that semester.
This can then be sent to your students as part of
the course induction and a copy can be uploaded to the course
itself for easy reference during
the semester as they encounter different tools, assignments, and tasks.
Screencasts are also very handy for creating a quick tutorial for
your students on how to use a specific functionality within a particular software package.
I've also seen screencasts used to give students feedback on assignments.
In this case, the tutor scrolled through the students' submissions,
and as they were highlighting specific texts,
they gave feedback relevant to those few lines.
This type of feedback can be a lot richer and more student-friendly than
a long page of typed feedback or a series of scribbles and margins of a printed document.
This leads to less misinterpretation of your feedback as
students are also picking up clues from the intonation and the pitch of your voice.
Furthermore, using screencasts this way could
speed up the feedback giving process considerably for you too.