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Screencasting, also referred to as video screen capture, refers to a digital recording of an action being displayed on a computer screen. Faculty have chosen to use them to record portions of lectures to demonstrate concepts and as video tutorials. Here is a summary of instructional uses for screencasts (Yee, 2011):

  • lecture capture, such as a narrated PowerPoint presentation.
  • demonstration of problem-solving, online techniques, or computer-based processes (such as showing how to navigate through a database, use a particular Web site, or utilize a particular piece of software like SPSS or Excel).
  • content delivery: rather than merely augment the face-to-face lectures, it might be possible to consider delivering all content electronically and asking students to view the screencasts before the F2F lecture (in addition to reading the textbook). Such an approach would free up face-to-face time for more interactive discussions and activities.

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Baiyun Chen, Jessica Vargas, Kelvin Thompson and Philip Carter (2014). Screencasts. In K. Thompson and B. Chen (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved July 22, 2014 from

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