Some notes from research into effective screencasting

In his article ‘The Innovative Use of Screencasts in Higher Education‘, Chris Wakeman discusses the use of screencasts for staff development in HE. Staff are very busy, under a lot of pressure, often haven’t got the time to come to face-to-face sessions. Screencasts are a ‘pragmatic way forward’ fr staff to receive training ‘ in a timely and convenient fashion’.

This article states that screencasts are an engaging resource as they are viewed-centred: the learner can move at their own pace and they provide a combination of visual and audio content to enhance the learning experience.

In this resource, the authors emphasise that planning is essential for good podcasts: it is useful to have a script or a storyboard, and also to prepare the environment adequately by preloading any websites that ill be used, opening any relevant apps, removing or hiding distracting elements on the screen (such as bookmarks or tabs in a browser) etc.

 

This report advises that screencasts are effective and students who watch them perform better in exams, however the recordings should be short. Another benefit is that they are relatively easy to make and possibly reuse, adding variety to course content.

This page lists some benefits of screencasts, which: ‘support flexible and personalised learning’, ‘enhance understanding of key skills’, ‘deliver a vicarious learning experience’ and ‘provide multimodal support for learning’, among other things.

 

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