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 web-based screen-casting tools. Student learning outcomes 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.

This course is geared towards the novice screencaster and focused on introducing learners to the basic best practices of planning, creating, and sharing an effective online tutorial with easy-to-use and no/low-cost web-based software. This class does not discuss specific or advanced features of complete screencasting software products such as Adobe Captivate or Camtasia. 

Course Materials

This class is offered face-to-face and online via our classroom management system, Moodle.

Continuing Education

  • This class has been approved by the Medical Library of Association for 4 hours contact hours of CE credit.
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  • This will be offered via the Moodle platform. Please contact instructor for upcoming courses.


Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials Instructors

Pacific Northwest Region

Patricia Devine, , ,

Course Developer

Andrew Youngkin is the Outreach/Assessment Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern Atlantic Region (NN/LM SEA).