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Instructional Design and Technology in Education


More class assignments: The assignment was to create a series of three screencasts each of which teaches one concept regarding a computer-related task each (episodic) and can be made available to students for subsequent teaching/learning.

I decided to use Screencast-O-Matic for capturing my screencasts. I’ve used this application in the past and feel very comfortable with it. With the free account you can record up to 15 minutes. With the professional account (I think the fee is $15/year) you aren’t time restricted and you can do some simple editing (like cutting out and trimming). Normally, when I create a screencast I have to be efficient with my time. I try not to do too many redos and I’m not concerned with perfection. Otherwise I would never get anything done!

Here are my three screencasts. I created my starter slide in word and saved out to either an html file or a pdf. For two of the casts I used a web browser as the presentation platform and for one of the casts I used a series of images (from the iPhone) saves as a pdf and used Acrobat as the presentation platform.

My strategy:

  • go through the steps, creating accounts, clicking, etc.
  • write out the steps as a script (mostly as a checklist)
  • set up the screencast software and make sure that all the presentation screens show up
  • record and edit if necessary
  • upload to YouTube

The cast using the iphone took a bit more planning since I used screenshot images taken from the phone. I had to do a couple of run-throughs to make sure I had all the images needed to tell the story.

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Uploading images from your IPhone to Flickr


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Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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