Regardless of what device or software you use to create a screencast there are best practices that should be followed. These best practices will help to assure a successful and quality learning experience for students.
We strongly encourage that screencast videos be kept to 20 minutes or less. If your content necessities a longer recording then we recommend that you break your content up.
Break Content Up
If you anticipate your screencast going longer than 20 minutes we recommend that you break it up into logical chunks based upon the content. Your media program lead will work with you on how to implement and deliver the separate chunks to students.
If you’re working on a desktop or laptop computer then change your display resolution to 1280×720 pixels (720p). This will make make text and interfaces larger in your recording.
Text and Interface Legibility
Students most likely won’t be viewing your screencast at full screen on their device. Therefore, as you work through your recording try to make things as large and as easily readable as possible. This means zooming in interfaces, increasing font sizes, etc whenever possible.
Make sure you use the microphone headset provided by your media program lead or your own microphone. Do not use your computer’s built-in microphone. In addition, make sure to do your recording in a quiet private area that will be free from extraneous sound.
Turn off all notifications and/or close all applications that produce notifications. This will ensure that notifications don’t pop up during your recording.
Final Note – Always Review!
After finishing each recording, please always review and check each for any technical issues. Just like with any piece of technology, technical issues can arise anytime. For example, perhaps your microphone didn’t record your audio.
Now how do I create my screencast?
We have pages on how to use Camtasia Studio or Quicktime to create your screencast.
Have other questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your media program lead for any and all questions!
Published on June 27, 2019 at 11:13:16 am CDT. Last modified on July 02, 2019 at 9:47:56 am CDT.