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Screen Recording to Support Teaching and Learning

Screen recording software allows for the recording of any activity on a computer screen that can then be produced as videos and easily played in any web browser. This has opened up a wide range of opportunities for instructors to easily create instructional content to support learning in their courses.  This workshop will show how short topical screen recordings, or "screencasts," can be used to introduce subjects, illustrate concepts, provide tutorials, guide website navigation, etc., and consider how they might save valuable class time and/or provide a resource that may be used for just-in-time learning or review. Participants will use a free tool called Jing to create a simple capture of activity on their computer screen and learn how to load this into their Blackboard course site. They will also be introduced to Camtasia, which departments or individuals would have to purchase.


By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Provide multiple examples of instructional use of screen recordings.
  • Make a simple screen capture such as a web tour.
  • Describe key considerations in planning to use these tools to support teaching and learning.
  • Publish screen recordings to the web.
  • Describe ways screen recordings can support key principles of good practice as outlined in The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.
    • encourages contact between students and faculty
    • develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
    • encourages active learning
    • gives prompt feedback
    • emphasizes time on task
    • communicates high expectations
    • respects diverse talents and ways of learning

Session Overview


Access to a CTE Blackboard Organization titled Teaching with Blackboard for faculty who have taken classes - this will be a growing list of resources

CTE Staff consultation is available by appointment to address your specific use and development of screencasts

For more information, contact Bud Deihl (804-828-4383 or wdeihl@vcu.edu)

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