Our hardware has arrived!

Just in time for our ‘Lunch and Learn’ on Friday, all our hardware and software has now arrived! To help people get started with screen capture, we’ve got two computers (a Toshiba Satellite Pro and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet + stylus), with Camtasia Studio installed on them, plus two USB microphones. We’ll be using these to make further screencasts during the project, but it’s also possible to borrow them for your own screencasting. Just contact the team!


Lunch, learn and homemade cake!!!

The GRASS project team are very excited to announce that our first ‘Lunch and Learn’ event will run on Friday 28th November in Palmer 103. We’ll be outlining our experiences and answering questions from 1 until 2. Those of you who like to stay on and receive one to one help are very welcome to stay until 3. We’ll have a buffet lunch and a range of HOMEMADE cakes including lemon tarts, chocolate brownies and butterfly cakes. Just sign up via Employee Self-Service or e-mail me to confirm your place!!

If you need a reminder about why we’re all SO enthusiastic about screen capture have a quick look at our 90 second summary screen cast by clicking on the floating island below… we hope to see many of you at our first major event!!!

SC at Reading for event

Mashups? I love them!

I have just found the ‘mashups’ function on Blackboard. Who knew that even existed??! I have struggled in the past trying to ensure reliability on all devices when inserting screencasts into content areas of bb, and even when I managed to insert them, they often seemed to fall over just at the point when they were most needed.

A chance browse showed me the mashups function and now I have been able to link to all the screencasts I have on YouTube with no problem at all. The function is easy and quick to use and it looks neat and professional on the page. I have been able to include them on a general information page for all English Literature students and I have emailed the students and my colleagues to tell them they are there. I have also asked them to let me know if they would like to see any other topics covered. It will be interesting to see what happens next…

bb screenshot