About this course
Is this for you?
This course is aimed at digital content designers, software developers, software users, trainers, marketers – in fact just about anyone who wants to create software demos. It assumes no technical knowledge other than basic computer skills. If you already have software suitable for creating screencasts, that’s fine. If you don’t, you’ll find out on the course what’s needed to do a good job.
Skills you will acquire
Complete this course and you’ll be able to:
- identify when a screencast is right for your subject
- develop a compelling idea and identify examples that are useful to your learners
- focus only on the parts of your subject that matter
- record a screencast that matches your learner’s environment
- edit your screencast to remove errors
- publish and share your screencasts
To help you build your screencasting skills we have provided you with eight lessons, each of which includes a short video and sometimes an activity to complete. We have also provided you with a number of resources that you can use for on-going reference, including tips and links to useful tools.
In lessons one to six we’ll cover what screencasts are, the formats, the characteristics of good screencasts, the design process, the tools and ways to distribute your screencast. In lessons seven and eight we’ll see how that looks in practice as we go through the design and development process for a short screencast.
Recognition for you
If you complete all elements of this course, you will receive a Skills Journey badge. You can go a step further and complete the optional assignment, designed to help you apply what you have learned to a real-world task. If you are just browsing this course, then this is likely to be a step too far, but if you are serious about building your skills, this will be an invaluable exercise.
Meet your tutor
Barry Sampson is one of the founders of Skills Journey. He has worked in learning and development for nearly two decades and for much of that time he has been helping people make sense of technology and what it can do to make learning easier and more accessible. His time is split between creating videos, screencasts, animated videos, interactive content and other media – and teaching other people how to do it themselves. In a past life he was Learning Technology Manager at a large UK corporate, where he worked on a number of award-winning elearning and blended learning programmes, and championed the use of emerging tools.