Screencasting as a Way to Enhance Learning


– a report from the Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club’s March discussion

Screencasts are short, simple instructor-created narrations designed to provide supplemental learning for students to use outside class. We learned more about screencasting in the latest Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club held on February 24, 2015 where we discussed the article “Impact of Screencast Technology: Connecting the Perception of Usefulness and the Reality of Performance” by Katie Green and colleagues published in the Journal of Engineering Education.

How might screencasts impact learning?

The article describes a study that examines the benefits of screencasts designed to supplement lectures and clarify difficult course concepts. The authors report that students who did regularly view screencasts performed better on exams. Furthermore the use of screencasts correlated with student-reported self-efficacy.

Asking Why? of students who did not take advantage of the screecasts, researchers discern two groupings within those who reported not using the screencasts:

  • Those…

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