What are my options for creating demonstrations, including audio, video, and screen captures?
Demonstrations are often the most clear and engaging way to teach a concept or give feedback. Students tend to learn more when instructors present concepts in multiple ways, such as visually and aurally. Demonstrations can be distributed with lectures or other resources.
For an example of an easily produced demonstration, visit a Faculty Showcase about Rob Tolley, an anthropology professor at IU East who uses a video recording to show how to throw an ancient weapon called an atlatl. As another example, solving a math problem could be explained with a picture of the solution and an audio description, a video of the professor solving the problem, a flash animation created with a free screen-capture program such as Jing, or in a PowerPoint presentation with voice-over, which can be created in PowerPoint or Adobe Presenter (available through IUware).
For more about creating demonstrations, see:
- Record narration for PowerPoint presentations
- Create enhanced PowerPoint presentations using Adobe Presenter add-in for Windows
- Capture on-screen activities on Windows or Macintosh using Jing, Camtasia, or Snagit: TechSmith provides free trial downloads and short training
- Record in-class or staged demonstrations with digital video (e.g., Flip camera)
Instructors can provide video-based training on a range of technology topics by using Lynda.com materials, available through an agreement with Indiana University. For more, see Using lynda.com at Indiana University; also, see Lynda.com Online Training.
For more 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?