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A screencast is a video recording of your computer screen, and usually includes audio. Screencasting is also referred to as video screen capture, and is a great way to teach or share ideas.

Common examples of screencasts are onscreen tutorials, video lessons, or slideshare presentations. A major benefit of screencasting is that the viewer can watch the screencast at a time when it’s best for them, because learning doesn’t always take place in an academic setting. Additionally, the viewer can absorb the information at their own pace by pausing and rewatching portions. Screencasts add a personal touch in ways that other methods simply cannot.

Watch this “Making screencasts: The pedagogical framework” by Robert Talbert, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Grand Valley State University, to learn more about how you might incorporate screencasting.


Use it to introduce yourself to the class.

You can include your background and experience with the subject and add personal touches like photos and your favorite music to connect with students.

Use it to introduce the class structure.

Using screencasting to explain online course navigation and instructions helps provide the instructor presence so important to student success in online environments.

Use it to present content or demonstrate skills to your students.

For example, screencasting can allow you to

  • record and present a speech, a story, an interview or a conversation.
  • screen capture a presentation along with narration.
  • screen capture a demonstration of a math problem being solved using a drawing program.
  • create tutorials and step-by-step video demonstrations on how to use laboratory equipment or specific software programs.
  • provide training on a range of topics.
  • offer explanations and clarifications of complex concepts.
  • record chunked lectures, or break up longer lectures into smaller segments.

Use it to provide feedback to your students.

Screencasting allows you to augment textual corrections with speech and drawings.

Read more.

Explore the source of the ideas above as well as Michael Keathley‘s summary of ways that screencapture can help students learn.