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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 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

Approved for 4 hours MLA CE


Greater Midwest Region

Carol Bean, Technology Coordinator, , ,

Pacific Northwest Region

Patricia Devine, Network Outreach Coordinator, , ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies Evaluation Coordinator,


Andrew Youngkin, Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator, NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region

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

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