Introduction to Screencasting for Online Tutorials and Reference

Introduction to Screencasting for Online Tutorials and Reference

Next Session: December 16, 2011, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CT

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Course Description and Objectives

This 90-minute webinar will introduce the screencasting tools and best practices for creating online videos for training, instruction, or reference. Learn about the most popular software used and some key pedagogical factors that help create effective streaming tutorials. Screencasting is a powerful tool for virtual reference and informal communications.

Webinar Content

  • Screencasting Overview This overview will define screencasting, poll participants about their experiences with any screen capturing software; review how libraries are using screencasting; touch on some of the advantages/disadvantages of screencasting; highlight the most frequently used software; outline how to get value from screencasting; and how to archive your screencast.
  • Pedagogical Aspects of Screencasting: Building Online Tutorials This section of the presentation will cover instructional goals; active learning and engagement; best applications for the use of screencasting, developmental goals, the advantages and disadvantages of pedagogical elements such as repetition, multiple media, feedback, organization and pacing; and best practices in screencasting.
  • Enhancing the Educational Experience of Virtual Reference This part will cover the similarities/differences between virtual reference and traditional reference; discuss user empowerment; share what others have created; and provide a live demo.
  • Discussion An opportunity to ask presenters questions about the content they’ve presented.

Presenter Bios

Van Houlson has been a librarian in the Social Sciences and Professional Programs at the University of Minnesota since 2001.  He provides reference services and currently manages collections business and journalism.   Prior to that he worked for the Minneapolis Public Library in both reference and technical services.  He develops screencasting tutorials for specialized business databases and to respond to faculty questions about using library catalogs and services.

William Breitbach is Information and Instruction Services Unit Head at California State University, Fullerton Pollak Library. He also serves as Liaison to Nursing and Social work and is chair of the IM/SMS Reference Team

Maribeth Slebodnik is the Biomedical Sciences Information Specialist and Assistant Professor of Library Sciences at Purdue University.  She is the liaison to Biological Sciences, Food Science, Foods & Nutrition and Nursing.  She has created a series of tutorials for biology students in collaboration with biology faculty and is very interested in tutorials as a teaching tool

Registration Information

Registration limit for each session: 30

Registrations for this session will no longer be accepted once the 30 student limit is reached.

Registration Fees:

  • $40 for RUSA members
  • $50 for ALA members
  • $65 for non-ALA members
  • $35 for ALA student members and retired members

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