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What are my options for creating demonstrations, including audio, video, and screen captures?

Many instructors rely on live demonstrations of course concepts either during class or in office hours. Often demonstrations are the clearest and most engaging way to teach a concept or give feedback. Also, students' learning tends to be boosted when concepts are presented in more than one way, such as visually and aurally. Demonstrations can be distributed with lectures or other resources.

Instructors can create easily distributed demonstrations of many types. Putting together such demonstrations can range from simple to difficult. For an example of an easily produced demonstration, visit a Faculty Showcase about Rob Tolley, an anthropology professor at IU East, who uses a small video camera to record how to throw an ancient weapon called an atlatl. As another example, a demonstration of solving a math problem could be completed with a picture of the solution and an audio description, video of the professor solving the problem, a flash animation created with free screen capture programs such as Jing, or as a PowerPoint presentation with voice-over, which can be created in PowerPoint or with Adobe Presenter (available through IUware). materials can be used to provide video-based training on a range of technology topics and are available through a special agreement with IU. See Online Training.

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For information on distributing media resources, see What are my options for distributing readings and other resource media?

Instructors can get help using technology in their teaching at the teaching and learning centers on each campus; see How do I contact the teaching and learning centers at each IU campus?