Enhancement through screencasts…continued…

Following on from my last blog post,  I did manage to produce a couple of screencasts ready for Enhancement Week. I asked colleagues to send me the material and then I made the screencasts, although I hope in future to encourage more staff to produce them themselves. We now have the first of ten screencasts completed.

A couple of things happened to me as I worked on this project that it might be worth noting:

1. Colleagues are able to see the screencasts on our bb site already, so they are getting better at knowing how much material sits well in this context.

2. I have stuck to the idea of using Powtoon for everything that is extra-curricula and will continue with Prezi for all else, for now.

3. I have used the same music in each of my Powtoon screencasts. This was partly because a student came to my office yesterday and told me that, although the music is beginning to annoy him, it does make him perk up and know that he has to take notice!

4. The mash up function on bb that I have been getting so excited about does not seem to work until YouTube has indexed the screencasts, so after 48 hours of waiting I went back to the ’embed media’ function, which I know has limitations in terms of useability by all.

5. I also realised that, to find anything on YouTube so as to use the mash up function, you do need a reasonably exclusive title. ‘Study Abroad’, one of my original titles, brought up pages and pages of possibilities.

You can see the screencasts here:

Enhancement personal tutor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKxKZzNZKkc

 

Enhancement study abroad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3x7SESgt5s

 

One thought on “Enhancement through screencasts…continued…

  1. Cindy – one hint with regard to embedding the video in Blackboard.
    Rather than searching for “Study Abroad” you can actually search for the YouTube URL. So in the search box just enter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3x7SESgt5s and you won’t have to trawl through hundreds of results.
    However, somewhat surprisingly, it appears that if the video has not yet been indexed this method still won’t find it via a Blackboard search.

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