A screencast is a video recording of computer screen output, which may also feature audio narration. Screencasts may help to demonstrate and teach the use of software features, or they may be used to present findings when used in conjunction with a presentation software, such as Powerpoint.
The Study Advice team located in the library use screencasting for skills support. The tutorials are designed to replicate the teaching in the study seminars which the team provide, using animated presentation slides and giving an explanatory voiceover by the adviser. Each tutorial focuses on one aspect of a key study practice, such as plagiarism, essay writing, time management etc.
Emma Mayhew is a lecturer in politics and international relations. Emma has taken to using screencastings to create extra support resources for key issues – both for skills and for pastoral care – such as essay marking criteria and filling in extenuating circumstances forms. Emma was prompted to make these screencasts when queries were becoming repetitive, indicating there was need for this support to be accessible. When Emma teaches she makes the students aware that the videos are available and directs them to her growing database if they need help.