A screencast is a video of what’s happening on a computer screen, accompanied by system sounds from the computer (like beeps). More sophisticated screencasts can include a recorded voice, highlighting, arrows, and other effects. Instructors can use screencasts to ..
- Create a course introduction,
- Show how to use a piece of software,
- Explain a difficult concept,
- Demonstrate a website,
- Tell a story, or
- Capture a presentation.
Apple’s Mac OS includes basic screen recording through QuickTime Player. Windows does not have this feature, but software like Snagit can do the job inexpensively on either platform. Need more than just basic features? Try Camtasia for Macintosh and Camtasia Studio for Windows. The two products share many features but there are important differences. Here’s a comparison chart.
Notre Dame does not have a campus license for screencasting software, but offers a way to purchase the three recommended titles at a discount.
At Notre Dame
- Discount purchase of Snagit, Camtasia Studio, or Camtasia — contact Mary Toll (631-5557)
- Consultation regarding tools and strategies to promote effective learning
- Screencasting to Engage Learning
- Screencasting with QuickTime on a Mac
- Screencasting 101 (video overview)
- Screencasting: Broadcasting On-screen Activity
[updated June 2015]