Screencast Introduction to my Teaching with Tech Course – Warts and All

I use Camtasia for Mac and Camtasia Relay to make screencasts of syllabi for my online courses. Recording a syllabus is a good use of my time for a couple of reasons. First, a syllabus screencast cuts down on student frustration and the number of questions I get asked during the first week of class.  I try hard to put all my thoughts in a Word document but students seem to understand better when they can both read and hear me explain it.  Second, I usually find mistakes that need correcting. Some I mention while recording (e.g. miscounted points on an assignment rubric). Some I make a note of and fix later (e.g. forgot to give credit to Garrison for using a remix of his Practical Inquiry Model diagram. [pdf]  Oops!)  Speaking of Garrison, I hope that I am demonstrating good teaching presence by offering this resource to my students. I think it demonstrates good course design, instruction, and even facilitation. Anyway, if you are interested, here is a screencast of my syllabus, warts and all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxOCW8k42HE?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

4 comments:

  1. Great idea, David! I am working on an overview of my syllabus created with VoiceThread. I uploaded the PDF, added voice comnents and will embed it in Blackboard. It gives students the option to leave questions on each Page (and use their mouse to circle the areas they have questions about). Thanks for sharing. Have a great semester!

    1. I like your idea better, Michelle. It sounds like a great way to have students practice using VoiceThread early in the course. They can also see questions other students have without having to go to the Discussion Board. Thanks!

  2. Great idea, David! I am working on an overview of my syllabus created with VoiceThread. I uploaded the PDF, added voice comnents and will embed it in Blackboard. It gives students the option to leave questions on each Page (and use their mouse to circle the areas they have questions about). Thanks for sharing. Have a great semester!

    1. I like your idea better, Michelle. It sounds like a great way to have students practice using VoiceThread early in the course. They can also see questions other students have without having to go to the Discussion Board. Thanks!

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