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Intent of Project

The intent of this course is to demonstrate to instructors how to effectively integrate basic screencasting software into their online and hybrid courses.

This course will cover the topics of:

  • Why should you use video in your instruction? What are the reasons to integrate short videos and screen captures into the online classroom?
  • How to download and install Jing
    • How to take screenshots in Jing
    • How to take screencasts in Jing
  • How to take screencasts using Screenr
  • How to take screencasts using Screencast-O-Matic
  • How to share this content with others
  • A discussion of more advanced software that is beyond the scope of instant screencasting software and its purpose in the classroom

Needs Analysis

  1. Problem: Instructors are interested in implementing video into their courses but are intimidated by complex software and the amount of time they will have to invest up front to achieve quality results. Lack of money in the budget also prevents us from using paid software in this case. The cost of Camtasia Studio is not justifiable for instructors if the actual software utilization rate will be low. Basic instant screencasting software provides a good stepping stone towards a platform with more options and most importantly familiarizes instructors with the use of video in their virtual classrooms.
  2. What is to be learned: Learners will develop an understanding of appropriate uses of instant screencasting software in their instruction as well as develop skills in how to operate this software.
  3. Learner Profile: The learners will be university level instructors and possibly staff (library staff in particular) that have a desire to utilize video in their instruction.
  4. Instructional Context:This course will be taken fully online. Learners will be able to work through the course material at their own pace.
  5. Exploring the problem and solution:Learners will learn about the purpose of video in the classroom, have an opportunity to create videos to familiarize themselves with the software and develop an understanding of their own reasons for using video in their classroom.
  6. Goals: The capability to use video in their instruction will allow them to provide more clarity to their students for specific problems as well as introduce them to the format of a short asynchronous video lecture. Familiarizing instructors with instant screencasting will help facilitate future goals with greater reach like synchronous video lecture or live online classes. By teaching this software it will work to create this demand from the instructors.

Performance Objectives

  • Learners will be able to define what screencasting is.
  • Learners will be able to identify the purposes for using screencasting software in their instruction.
  • Learners will be asked to describe their own reasons for being interested in using screencasting software in their classroom.
  • Learners will be able to identify the capabilities and limitations of Jing, Screenr and Screencast-O-Matic
  • Learners will be asked to describe which of these three (if any) screencasting will be best for their needs
  • Learners will be able to use Jing to create screenshots (static images) for use in their online instruction.
  • Learners will be able to use Jing, Screenr and Screencast-O-Matic to create videos (with audio commentary) for use in their online instruction.
  • Learners will be able to use Screencast-O-Matic to create videos that employ the use of their webcams
  • Learners will be able to describe how to use screencast.com to distribute the content they have created for their intended audience.
  • Learners will be able to design their instruction with the capability of screencasting in mind after adapting the skills that they have learned in this mini-course.
  • Learners will be able to identify reasons for using more advanced screencasting software and compare its advantages and limitations to the screencasting software this course familiarizes them with.
  • Participants will be able to describe how they can utilize the videos they can now create.
  • Participants will discuss how they and their campus may use video in education in the future.
  • After reflecting on the course and their own instructional needs, participants will create a plan (written or video, leaning towards video) of how and to what degree they plan to implement video in their classroom.

Task Analysis

Purpose of this Course: This course is intended to create a basic familiarity with the usage of video in the classroom in an efficient way that will eliminate barriers for instructors who are willing to utilize video in their online and hybrid instruction.


Essential Prerequisites:
  • Familiarity with either Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X
    • ability to open and close programs
    • ability to save files
  • Familiarity with using a web browser
  • Access to a computer with Jing installed
    • for Microsoft Windows:
      • operating system must be XP, Vista or 7
      • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 must be installed
    • for Mac OS X:
      • operating system must be version 10.5.8 or higher
      • Quicktime 7.5.5 or later must be installed
  • Access to a computer with Java installed
  • Access to a computer with a Java capable web browser
    • Screenr and Screencast-O-Matic are browser applications
  • Access to a computer with speakers
  • Access to a computer with a microphone
  • Access to a computer with an internet connection
Supportive Prerequisites:
  • Access to a computer with a high speed broadband connection is recommended.
  • An interest in implementing video in their instruction.

Instructional Curriculum Map



Cabinet-icon.pngInstant Screencasting: Quick and Basic Screen Capture for Online and Hybrid Instruction

Folder go.pngUnit 1 - Screencasting - Bridging the visual communication gap
Folder go.pngUnit 2 - Instant Screencasting: Quick videos
Folder go.pngUnit 3 - Improving Your Screencasts
Folder go.pngUnit 4 - Integrating Video in the Classroom


Increased scope of software applications, showcase different features, not become platform dependent, focus on pedagogy, appeal to different tastes