How can I use screencasting?

How will I set it up? 

  1. Choose your method of screencasting: Kaltura (For KEATS), Jing, YouTube, Camtasia, Screencast, Omatic etc. Ensure that your choices are compatible with KEATS (you can use Moodle Assignment rather than Turnitin) or you can explain to your students why you are choosing a different software.
  2. Usually it is better to read the work through once and make some brief notes
  3. Always give examples to illustrate points (this is the biggest reason for using screencasting)
  4. More detail is appreciated – brief feedback is less likely to be useful. However, the principle is that less is more with summative assessment, so it is best to utilise this methods for formative work.
  5. Follow the principles of good feedback practice as you would with written comments. 

For any help with setting up screencasting software, contact your department TEL officer or CTEL. 

When will it occur in the term/module? 

It can occur at the time of any feedback event. It can be used for summative or formative work.

If being used for summative, take into consideration storage (video files can be cumbersome to store once a module is completed) and the comments of the external examiner.


How will I address potential challenges?

 Do I need to make any modifications for accessibility/inclusivity? Can I build these into the design?

The usual modifications for visually impaired and hearing impaired students might be needed. You can consult King’s Disability Advisory Service for help.

Speak at a reasonable speed- not too fast, and avoid jargon.


Do I need to make any modifications for large cohort sizes? Will it be time consuming to set up or mark? Is there anything I can do to modify it to address this? 

It does not necessarily save time initially because it is better to read the work through first before starting the screencast, otherwise the feedback can become disjointed. However, this takes no more time than written feedback.

Planning is actually key to time-saving. You can make notes on a few key points and then scroll for example in the work to talk about. Be direct and avoid tangents (which can be tempting because this method feels more conversational).

You could give generic feedback for the whole class using screencasting.

As with audio feedback, don’t worry about mistakes .This emphasises the human element. These can also be good areas for learning.


How will I introduce it to the students?

As with all new methods of feedback, explain to the students beforehand that they will receive feedback this way.

Ensure that they check their technology is consistent with yours and they are able to  download the video.