Senior Product Designer


Screencasting 101


We have a series of internal meetings called "Lunch & Learns" where a CentreSource staff member will spend the lunch hour sharing some tip, tool or best practices about a topic in which they are knowledgeable to the rest of the team.

Yesterday, I covered the topic of screencasting and gave a basic overview as to WHAT it is, WHY someone would use it, and HOW to record one (including a comparison of the available tools). Below you can see an embed of the presentation I gave today.

Essentially, a screencast captures what is displayed on a computer screen, accompanied by audio commentary. There are several advantages to screencasting for both the viewer as well as the producer.

For the viewer, a screencast allows you to learn by example, seeing every step in great detail. Learning by watching the presenter move through the steps enables them to take note of where everything is in the application or presentation. In most cases the ability to pause or rewind also gives the viewer the power to move at their own pace; something a classroom cannot always offer.

For the producer, screencasting offers the capability to explain in detail what may be more confusing when delivered in audio or the written word. Video allows the screencast producer to complete the flow of thoughts or processes without being forced to chop steps into static images, as in a book or slide show. With the combination of video and audio, the producer can mimic the one-on-one experience of the classroom and deliver clear, complete instruction.

If you would like to see an amazing real-life example of how screencasts are transforming education watch this TED Talk about how The Khan Academy is educating the world through a series of carefully structured screencasts offering complete interactive curriculum in a variety subjects.

Have you seen a screencast lately that has been particularly compelling?