Simple recordings that are ideal for teaching and learning

Content & learning objectives

Screencasting is simply a means of making recordings of whatever is on your computer (or tablet) screen, accompanied by a voiceover, or even with a ‘picture-in-picture’ video of the speaker.   They are ideal for not just producing narrated slide shows, but also for walk-through explanations of processes, or of how to use software.

They are relatively straighforward to make and there are a lot of ways of producing and sharing these.

In this lesson, we’ll have a look at applications of screencasting, learn how to produce effective examples, and have the opportunity to earn a digital badge.

Resources for learners, trainers, and developers

Are there badges available for this topic?

Yes. There is a basic knowledge badge, awarded to anyone who successfully completes the online lesson and quiz. A subsequent badge will be developed which will be awarded to those who can demonstrate (to a local trainer) practical skills in actually producing effective screencasts.


How can we run a workshop or classroom session on this topic?

This topic is perfect for hands-on workshop sessions in which participants can get the opportunity to record, edit, and publish their own screencasts.

Are there resources and materials available?

Yes. There are lots of materials on the web, a number of which are listed opposite. These are a good starting point, particularly the case study examples listed. We will also shortly be posting up a ‘Practical Skills’ badge with useful criteria specified.

Can I download a copy of this interactive lesson?

Yes. We provide all the materials which we have developed (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence.  We will shortly be making downloadable SCORM versions available here.

Further information & useful links:

Educause’s “7 things you should know about….Screencasting” :

Comparison of screencasting software:

‘The Screencasting Handbook’ by Iain Ozsvald:

Wikipedia entry: