A couple of podcasts on screencasting

Written by: Spencer Greenhalgh

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I’ve posted before about teaching CEP 813, a class on electronic assessment that features a unit on game-based assessment in Minecraft. This unit is by far the most intense in terms of technical support, and we had a major hiccup earlier this month that caused some frustration for the whole class (and instructional team). After some tinkering, we were able to figure out how to make it possible for everyone to complete the assignment. While the solution wasn’t terribly complex, it was definitely easier to show rather than tell, so I whipped up a couple of quick screencasts to walk people through what they needed to do.

This got me thinking about how I’d love to use more screencasts in my teaching. I’d like to think that producing these YouTube videos was more engaging, more helpful, and more personal than any text-based solutions I could have provided, and I imagine that’s true for a lot of online teaching, not just tech support. I still have a lot to learn about screencasting, though, so I’m glad there are some good resources out there. This includes a couple of podcast episodes that I’ve listened to recently and that I thought I’d share for anyone else interested in incorporating some more screencasting into their online (or other) teaching:

The first is an episode of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast where Bonni Stachowiak talks to Brandy Dudas about pencasting and other uses of video in the classroom.

The second is an episode of Mac Power Users, with Katie Floyd and David Sparks talking to JF Brissette about screencasting on a Mac and iOS. It’s not directly related to teaching—and certainly less useful if you’re not in the Apple-sphere—but it does a great job of getting you excited about the power and potential of screencasting.

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Hi there! My name is Spencer Greenhalgh, and I am a student in the Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program at Michigan State University. I came to Michigan State University with a strong belief in the importance of an education grounded in the humanities. As an undergraduate, I studied French and political science and worked as a teaching assistant in both fields. After graduation, I taught French, debate, and keyboarding in a Utah private school before coming to MSU, where I plan to study how technology can be used to help students connect the humanities with their lives. I have a particular interest in the use of games and simulations to promote ethical reasoning and explore moral dilemmas, but am eager to study any technology that can help students see the relevance of studying language, culture, history, and government.