Talk:Mini Course: Camtasia Studio


Instructor feedback on your mini-course -- Jz833665 12:34, 22 April 2010 (EDT)


The units you've drafted work really well. Excellent work.

A few comments:

  • In each lesson, you follow a structure: concise presentation --> tasks. I have a sense that you may better connect these two parts in each lesson, and modify/adapt this structure as appropriate. For example, you can consider in some of the lessons start with a task (challenge/question), then read/watch something, and at the end present a concise presentation as a summary.
  • Re. the list of tasks used in each lesson, see if some of the list is getting too long. You may help the participants by differentiating primary and extended tasks on the list, such as by saying: if you want to know more at a deeper level, read this...
  • For a long paper like the following one, you may highlight some of the contents to better focus the participants' attention

"Read: Using Educational Video in the Classroom: Theory, Research and Practice by Emily Cruse, M.Ed. " (lesson 1 of unit 1)

  • You may want to include links to the following existing course re. Snagit:

Re: Instructor feedback on your mini-course -- Jason Chwirut 15:09, 23 April 2010 (EDT)

Thank you for your feedback Professor Zhang. I am in the process of making some of the changes in which you recommend. I think those were great suggestions. These changes seem to break up the learning process a little bit and adds variety from lesson to lesson. In addition, I added a link to John Kozel's course on SnagIt, in UNIT I: Lesson Three under additional resources.

Thank you again, Jason

-- Meredith Kelly 21:18, 29 April 2010 (EDT)


First, let me tell you how intimidated I am at "critiquing" your wonderful tutorial. After reading the following sentence in your Meet the Classmates posting, I feel a little presumptuous making any comments to you: "In this position I work as an Instructional Designer helping faculty and staff design classes and implement the use of technology into the classroom." So, in the spirit of working on a required assignment, I am offering the following recommendations. If you disagree with any, or all, of these comments, please feel free to ignore them. I realize our tutorials are constantly under revision; so, you may already have caught some of these minor points.

I have toyed with Camtasia (version 5) in the past. Actually, mastering the program is on my "Bucket List" for after graduation; so, I really am looking forward to learning from your tutorial. SnagIt is another favorite of mine. It has many more features than Microsoft's Snipping Tool, packaged with Vista and Windows 7. Yet, for a quick and simple screen capture, I have been finding it extremely useful lately. Have you tried it?

Well, here goes . . .

1. In the APA style, I believe the period should go after the parens in your citations; for example, I have this in a file I keep on my computer as an example: "APA style is a difficult citation format for first-time learners (Jones, 1998, p. 199)."

2. In the paragraph beginning, "Throughout the upcoming course. . ." you used the word understanding twice in the second sentence. Suggestion for changing and shortening the sentence -- something like:

"Students will develop an appreciation for ways video can be used to facilitate understanding, as well as learn how to produce a video from screen captures and implement video into their lesson plans effectively."

3. Delete the space before the colon (objective list). I copy and paste my own files to Word to find spelling/grammar errors. When I did that for your page, it showed the extra space.

4. In your list of objectives:

For No. 1 -- The word "Understand" probably should be changed. On page 145 of Gagne, we read: "The instructional designer needs to ask, "How will I know if the student understands this passage?" I have been tripping over this all term. You might want to look at Table 7.1 on page 136 for a different verb.

I will continue to review your other sections but doubt seriously that I will find any but tiny suggestions. These often are just a matter of individual taste anyway.

Keep up the excellent work.


Re: -- Jason Chwirut 11:34, 30 April 2010 (EDT)

It was great to hear from you Meredith. Thank you for your comments. I really enjoyed hearing your input. I appreciate all the help I can get :) The changes which you suggest are mistakes that I'm sure I would have overlooked so thank you very much for catching them. I have made the changes you suggested and I think everything is coming together nicely.

Thank you again, Jason