Here are just a few examples of what you can do with Camtasia:
- record yourself speaking over a document while highlighting specific areas with the mouse pointer (example);
- record a demonstration of steps in a process while narrating important considerations (e.g., a Google search with your critical discussion of sources, or how to use software) (example);
- edit short existing video clips (e.g. videos from your phone, openly available online videos) to produce a new sequence (example);
- add titles, music, effects and other modifications to images or videos
Why should I consider creating videos?
There are many potential benefits to producing videos. Here are just a few!
Videos to support learning
- align with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- can help clarify concepts or instructions that students find challenging
- can help reduce the administrative load of answering repeated student questions
- give professors an opportunity to share their knowledge and teaching expertise with the entire world beyond the classroom if they wish
- are artifacts that professors can add to their professional portfolios
- can be created at times that work for professors, in an inspired moment, in response to revealed student needs, or in anticipation of an upcoming challenge—this is entirely in professors' hands.
I don’t know anything about making videos. What do I do?
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources to help new users hit the ground running with video production. There is a good series of instructional videos on how to use Camtasia on Lynda.com, which all GBC employees have free access to. (Sign in with the George Brown organizational portal. Need help? See this page.) There are also series on YouTube and collections on the Camtasia site. We also plan to offer workshops on campus—stay tuned for more announcements.
For information on the pedagogy and research behind videos for teaching and learning, along with tips, you might find this paper by Brame (2015) interesting.
What happens after I create a video?
In order to make your video easily available to your students, we recommend creating your own YouTube account and uploading your videos there. It’s not a perfect solution, but here are several benefits:
- You have control over who your audience can be, setting the video to be viewable by the public, only by people who have the direct link, or only by you (this setting can always be edited)
- You can choose your own account name, video description and other settings. depending on how findable you would like your work to be
- You can delete the video
- You can link to your YouTube video within Blackboard and emails, or even play the video in class
- You can set the usage rights, and can even add a Creative Commons license which will make your work an Open Educational Resource (OER) that other educators around the globe can freely repurpose with attribution to you.
- The site is reliable, stable, and easy to use
What about captioning?
In addition to the AODA Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation, the college has a Captioned Media policy that requires all videos to be correctly closed captioned. If you upload videos to YouTube, speech recognition software will automatically create captions; however, the captions may contain errors and can easily be edited for accuracy, as demonstrated in this video.
For more information on captioning, please contact Anne Villahermosa, accessible media co-ordinator at email@example.com.
I’m interested! How do I get access?
In order to run the software, you'll need to install AppsAnywhere on your computer, which will run Camtasia through a cloud-paging player--get the instructions here. The software is currently available for Windows; stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about availability for Mac users.
For help with AppsAnywhere, call the help desk at extension 4357. For help with Camtasia tools, contact the Camtasia help desk 888 750-0686 or see their help page https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us.