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#32 - Record your screen to make a demonstration

Learn about the options available to capture your screen and voice to produce a screen recording or "screencast".
  • Students can get lost when navigating resources and the digital learning environment
  • Some students can fall behind or lose interest if their skills and understanding don't match what is being covered
  • Students lose confidence and struggle to find relevant support for tough topics, challenging concepts and technical tasks
  • Too much teaching time can be spent in class scaffolding student’s skills and understanding

Create a video introduction, guide or demonstration (e.g. software, web site, moodle module space etc.) to scaffold students understanding more efficiently. This allows students to take things at their own speed, spending as much or as little time as they individually need to become confident with the required information. You might use the same method to produce feedback on written work including assignments.

Some of the options available are listed below.

In PowerPoint (PPT) you can either (i) capture your screen i.e. anything on your screen or (ii) record your PowerPoint slide show

(i) The PPT Screen Recorder can be found via "Insert" > "Screen Recording". See here for more detailsLink opens in a new window Once recorded the file can be saved as a separate file and shared elsewhere. (ii) The Record Slide Show option can be found in "Slide Show" > "Record Slide Show". This option has the advantage that the recording is captured slide by slide so if you ever want to update or edit you can just update, delete or insert the section needed, rather than having to re-record the whole thing or perhaps use a complicated editor. For information about how to do this see hereLink opens in a new window

If you visit MS Stream web.microsoftstream.comLink opens in a new window and make sure you are logged in you can use the drop down menu "Create" to access "Record screen or video". This is a a fairly quick and easy tool to use. The final video can be shared from within Stream or downloaded if you want to share it somewhere else. There is also a simple video trim/edit feature available in Stream too. The transcript can also be generated automatically. Find out more details about this process here Link opens in a new window

To capture your screen using Echo 360 software you need to download and install the Universal capture (Personal) software. The following guide shows how to request an Echo360 account, how to install Universal Capture (Personal) on your computer and how to use it to make recordings. Find out more details about this process here

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  • Staff sometimes use unsupported free external tools that work directly in the browser these include Screencast-o-matic (free for 15 minutes or less), Loom (free for recordings up to 5 minutes). IT services and Academic Technology do not recommend or support these unapproved external tools.
  • Your final video can easily be shared via the standard platforms such as MS Stream, Echo 360 or eStream

This process provides links to our guides , associated recipes and other online help . For further assistance or more information use the 'Get Help' button above.

  1. Plan your recording carefully, consider using a script or at least some bullet points to refer to. This is useful to make sure you don't miss anything important. If you do use a script this may be useful as a transcript or text alternative.
  2. Choose your tool and follow the relevant guides:
  3. Edit or Trim your video as required. Some of the tools mentioned have trimming/editing options built-in:
  4. Finally, consider how you will share your video: