Tutorials 2.0: Teaching the Public and Training Staff with Online Screencasts
- Do you find yourself repeating the same steps over and over again with your users (placing holds, renewing items, checking records)?
- Do you need to teach your staff a new skill (ILS/ALS change, new policy, Office '07)?
- How many times have you explained in person or on the phone how to search your catalog and online databases?
While explaining/showing people personally is important you can also create an instructional screencast that they can access any time that they're on a computer (especially at their point of need)!
Screencasting software allows you to record your on-screen actions with an audio recording of your voice explaining what to do - just post/link the recording to the web, and your customers/staff can learn a process, procedure, policy ... anytime, anywhere!
Workshop Description: This full-day workshop will provide you with an opportunity to create simple online screencasts. Working with the instructor you will record, produce, and publish practical screencasts and take away the knowledge to do many more on your own. The instructor will provide a straightforward "How To" manual that will include step-by-step procedures, methods to get the most from your screencasts, and a list of resources for further learning about the procedural aspects of screencasting and the pedagogical benefits of screencasts.
(Optional) Pre-workshop assignment: Interested in seeing some examples of what you'll be able to do? Just check out: http://www.stevegarwood.com/infopeople
Preliminary Course Outline
- Introductions & What is Screencasting
- Library applications of screencasting
- What you need to get started
- The Basics of Screencast Recording
- Camtasia software tour
- Set up before you record
- Create your first recording (w/me and solo)
- Producing your recording
- File types and production settings overview
- Production of recording in various file formats
- Publishing Your Screencast To The World/Wrap Up
- How to make screencasts available via the WWW
- Using an online hosting service for screencasts
- Wrap up "Quiz" for fabulous prizes
Who Should Attend:
Although this class looks fairly technical it really isn't. If you meet the prerequisites below I'm sure you'll be fine.
Who should attend? Well, anyone from the California library community who would like to be able to help their users with common online library tasks no matter what the hour of the day or day of the week.
This class will be of special interest to webmasters, bibliographic instruction and computer training staff, and those working in distance education and/or outreach to the school/home school community
Prerequisites: To be successful in this course, you should be comfortable with basic computer skills, including using a mouse, navigating the web, and basic keyboarding. You should also be able to manage multiple windows, resize and move windows on the computer's desktop, and upload a file (if you've sent an attachment, you've upload a file)
Check-in: 8:30 to 9:00 AM Instruction: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM