OTAAG Oct 21, 2014

A great deal of online course content is text but accessible and easy-to-use tools are making it easier to capture video and audio.  Are you using capture tools already?  Are you interested in learning more about them?

If you’re not already using capture tools, think of that one concept or idea that you try to explain or reinforce using text but students still just “don’t get it”.  Now think of how much more effective presenting that idea or concept might be if you can demonstrate something on-screen for your students.  With capture tools you can put nearly anything into video/audio format.

  • Capture a software program and narrate how to use it
  • Display a map on screen and identify key locations by drawing on it
  • Work and explain steps of a problem

Here are some of the tools the ICC TLC staff members have worked with:
Screencast-O-Matic: http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/ (free account option, available online)
Snag-It: http://www.techsmith.com/snagit.html (software available in the Teaching and Learning Center, 240A)
TouchCast: http://www.touchcast.com/

There are several free and easy-to-use tools available but also some considerations you need to make when producing and sharing this type of content.  If you are interested in creating an enhanced experience for your online students and want to learn more about capturing tools, contact someone in the TLC, tlc@icc.edu or 309-694-8908.


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