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Screencast-o-matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a simple tool for creating and editing video content. Using Screencast-O-Matic you can do things like...

  • Turn PowerPoint slides into videos  
  • Record a talking head  
  • Record your computer screen (screencast)  
  • Carry out basic edits  
  • Show students how to use web pages/Blackboard or software  

There are other ways of creating different kinds of videos. If you are not yet sure what kind of video you want to create, take a look at the different options available to you.

When you are making your videos, consider your audience. Student feedback tells us that videos do not need to be perfect. If you stutter in a video or correct something you have said consider leaving it in. Editing videos to perfection is time consuming and can take away that  human touch that students like.

How to get started:

  1. The Screencast-O-Matic license key is available from the Blackboard Training Blackboard Site> Screencast-O-Matic. 
    We will track access to this Blackboard area and generate a users list from it. This means if you access the page we will automatically email you about future changes, such as new license keys.  
  2. A microphone to record audio.  
  3. A headset or speakers to hear and edit your video.  
  4. A webcam if you want to record a talking head alongside your screencast.  
  5. Make your materials accessible. Use Youtube to stream and add captions to your video and upload a transcript. More information...

Screencast-O-Matic is simple to use, you should be able to get started on your own. However, you can contact the Digital Skills team for more support.

A comprehensive range of training materials on basic and advanced use are also available from Screencast-O-Matic.

Screencast-O-Matic training videos

Creating Videos

If you are creating video learning materials, keep in mind the following points...

  • Can you find a video online which serves your purpose?
    Balancing your relationship with the students and the time it takes to create your own videos, it will sometimes be appropriate to create your own and other times be appropriate to link to external content  
  • Students need to know why they are watching the video  
  • What activity should students undertake after the video?  
  • Make sure you quality check the video--is the audio quality acceptable? If you are unsure, contact the Digital Skills Team  
  • Students will be able to re-watch the video as revision  
  • What is the shelf-life of your video? Balance that with the time you spend on perfecting details. Student feedback shows they don't mind if you correct yourself occasionally or even pause to deal with a distraction!