What is Screencasting?
Screencasting is using a piece of software to record on-screen activities, frequently with narration, that can then be shared with an audience. Techsmith’s Camtasia is one popular tool for screencasting on which Academic Computing provides workshops, but there are a range of programs out there. When talking about screencasting, people usually differentiate between creating tutorials or instructional content (recorded in one’s office) and capturing lectures (recording a live PowerPoint talk in front of an audience.)
Last month Astronomy Professor Steve Schneider presented on his experience with using the Personal Response System with a particular focus on his strategies for writing good PRS questions. Professor Schenider says he’s been using PRS systems in various incarnations for 10 years, primarily with his large lecture course Astronomy 101. Here are some lessons he shared with the group on how he uses PRS:
Last month I had the opportunity to attended a Center for Teaching session on “Designing Hybrid Courses” given by Pamela Trafford, Senior Lecturer in the School of Management, and seasoned veteran of online teaching. In this session, she provided advice on best practices for teaching hybrid courses; courses that meet face-to-face, but also make use of Web tools (such as SPARK) to deliver course content and activities.