Creating and Using Multimedia
Screencasting is the creation of a digital recording of what you are doing on your computer. In addition to the recording, you can also provide narration. Screencasting can be used in a variety of ways to help your students learn, and can be especially effective in a fully online course. Some examples includes: recording course orientations, demonstrating certain activities, providing feedback to students, or flipping the classroom.
There are a variety of tools available for screencasting. Tools we recommend:
- Kaltura CaptureSpace - this tool can be accessed via the Kaltura Tools external learning tool in eLC. eLC course instructors can make this tool available to themselves and their teaching assistants as well as to students, if desired.
- Screencast-O-Matic - there is a free version available for screencasts that are under 15 minutes, or the pro version is very affordable. If you want to do extensive editing to your video, this may be the tool for you.
- Camtasia - you can download a free trial for 30 days. The paid version of the tool offers a rich set of editing tools for the most polished results.
When you are creating multimedia, you need to ensure that it meets Section 508 accessibility guidelines. Here are some resources to help you create accessible content:
- Making Files Accessible - Checklists for making 508 compliant files (including PDFs, Word docs, PowerPoints, and other multimedia).
- Creating ADA-Compliant Captions - Tips for creating captions that meet ADA standards.
Storage and Streaming
Kaltura is the centrally-supported tool at UGA for storage and streaming of multimedia, including instructional audio and video. Visit the CTL Kaltura page for details.