Guidelines for making screencasts

While everyone will bring their own technological and creative flair to the project, it would be great to have some guidelines for consistency across all the screencasts that we build.

  1. Choose a very achievable micro-skill for your focus - don't try to cover too much.
  2. Keep it short and sweet 3-5 minutes maximum.
  3. Speak clearly, and pace yourself gently.
  4. Pause for effect.. when the student may need thinking time.
  5. Start by introducing yourself (your name, workplace)
  6. .. and mention the topic of your screencast up front.

When you add notes to describe the screencast you've made, be as clear as you can.
You might like to add in a suggestion for what students can do while they listen.

For the technological skills, here is a small "how-to" document.. which hopefully should match the accompanying screencast from the team at screencast-o-matic:
1) pdf document by michael chalk:
2) video from screencast-o-matic

Other ideas for how to create and present

Sue Waters has led a discussion over at Aquaculture WA, where one writer disputes the usefulness of this technique. Sue lists and compares some of the technology / strategies. The main goal of her colleagues was to upload powerpoint to the web, and have the voiceover work as well. Slideshare will show this kind of presentation on the web, but without audio.

What about a combination of slideshare for the powerpoint, and eg odeo for the Voiceover (odeo lets you embed individual mp3 files with a player, unlike podomatic which allows only the entire podcast to be embedded elsewhere). An example of this approach can be found eg. at Conversations in ACE. Double system could be confusing for presenters, but can be effective. (Update: Slideshare now lets you create Slidecasts, which Michael Coghlan has done for his presentation - see his page on this site.)

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