A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.
There are several tools available for instructors who teach online courses at EKU to use. One of them is Screencast-O-Matic. Screencast-O-Matic is a tool that allows you to capture screen and Webcam video, and save it or post it online on YouTube or the program's Web site. Screencast-O-Matic license is available upon request. Please contact Steve Dwinnells or the Instructional Designer assigned to your department.
Camtasia is a software suite that is often used for creating video tutorials and presentations directly via screencast.
Here is an example:
- How to begin your course by Barry Burkett
Adobe Captivate is an electronic learning tool for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X which can be used to author software demonstrations, software simulations, branched scenarios, screencasting, and randomized quizzes in .swf format. For software simulations, Captivate can use left or right mouse clicks, key presses, and rollover images. It can also be used for screencasts, podcasts, and the conversion of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations to the Adobe Flash format. Several of the IDC's Instructional Designers utilize Adobe Captivate, and they should be able to help you with your instructional needs.
Here is an example from an EKU professor: