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Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials


Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and 'chunk' instructional content for the online environment, this course's main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using Camtasia, and other similar tools. Student learning outcomes for this full-day, face-to-face workshop include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content.

Course Materials

This class is face-to-face. We will be using our classroom management system, Moodle, as our repository of class documents and assignments and will access it in class. Your instructor will give you the enrollment key for the course.

Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for either 4 or 6 contact hours of CE credit.


South Central Region

Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, , ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies Evaluation Coordinator,


Scott Garrison, Associate Dean for Public Services and Technology, Western Michigan University Libraries

Max Anderson, former Technology Coordinator, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region