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Creating Online Lectures with Camtasia

Introduction

Camtasia is screen recording and editing software. With Camtasia, you can create instructional video that includes digital recording of actions on a computer screen (e.g., browsing a website, entering data into a spreadsheet, and typing in a Word document), presentation slides, graphics, audio, and video clips.

A Camtasia video may be exported to a video file and uploaded to iTunes U, YouTube, Digital Media Services server, and a college web server.  After a file is uploaded, you can post a link to the video on a Online@UT (Canvas) course site. Camtasia is available for PC and Mac.

Camtasia and Captivate

TechSmith’s Camtasia and Adobe Captivate have many shared features. Important examples of those features are their ability to:

  • record screen and keyboard activity
  • integrate audio and video
  • deliver video to mobile devices
  • allow for editing
  • provide closed captions

Switch to Captivate options for online lectures

Advantages for Student Learning

When the video is interactive, such instruction online can achieve significantly better learning performance and greater student satisfaction than non-interactive videos, online non-video lectures, or even traditional classroom environments (Zhang, Zhou, Briggs, & Nunamaker, 2006). Learning by recall and application is reinforced through the interaction.

Limitations

Downsides to using Camtasia in some situations are that it:

  • must be purchased (but you can download a 30-day free trial).
  • is not suitable for creating simulations or other complex online interactions.

When to Use Camtasia

Below are examples of situations in which Camtasia would be a great choice to record your lecture.

The Situation Camtasia will allow you to…
You need to create a video that shows how to navigate a website record your actions on the computer screen.
You want to convert your PowerPoint slides to video. use Camtasia Studio’s PowerPoint Add-in to record a PowerPoint presentation, including transitions and animations, and produce it as a video file.
You want to include other media in your video. easily import images, video, and audio.

Examples of Camtasia Videos

Brian Stevens, Statistics

The instructor provides an online introduction to the course as part of the course orientation.
Introduction to Statistics 201

Dr. Cindy Welch, Information Sciences

Listen to Dr. Welch as she used only her voice and images to whet the interest of her students in reading the book, “Far, Far Away” by Tom McNeil.
A Booktalk: Far Far Away

Ease of Use

While Camtasia’s basic features are relatively easy to learn, editing content can be challenging.

For assistance, refer to OIT’s Online Instructor Toolkit, check for the availability of a face-to-face workshop, or contact the OIT HelpDesk for a consultation.

Cost and Storage

Price

Please contact VolShop for the current cost.

Storage

The videos created with Camtasia can be stored on media sharing sites and linked to from a Canvas course site. We encourage you to discuss with the OIT staff possible storage solutions for your videos, for example:

Is Camtasia Right for Me?

Only you can evaluate whether or not Camtasia can meet your needs for creating online lectures, but the questions below may help you think it through.

The Situation Feedback
Funds are available to purchase software? Consider using Camtasia
Require a variety of assessment features? Another method may be preferred.
Require editing features? Consider using Camtasia
Video requires closed captions Consider using Camtasia
Want to put video on YouTube or iTunesU? Consider using Camtasia

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