Teaching Tip: Screencasts to Enhance Communication in the Online Classroom

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The PLC (Professional Learning Community) will be providing the teaching tip of the week throughout the academic year in support of their goal of interdisciplinary collegiality.

In an online classroom environment, communication between the instructor and students can be greatly enhanced through the incorporation of screencasting. Rather than limiting instruction to simple text through Blackboard announcements or email, instructors can provide audio, visual, and textual information in a quick and easy way through the creation of a screencast. While there are a number of free screencast programs available, Screencast-O-Matic (www.screencast-o-matic.com) is one of the most user-friendly options. With Screencast-O-Matic, the instructor can create a visually appealing instructional video with voiceover in less time that it might require to type out a text response to a student’s inquiry. For a short instructional tutorial on how to create your first screencast, check out this link. Click on “How to Make a Screencast” in the center section.

~Diane Mitschke, PhD, dianemitschke@uta.edu, Associate Professor, School of Social Work

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