Tech Tuesdays: Creating Screen Capture Videos

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On behalf of the Student Affairs Technology Committee, we are pleased to be offering professional development on various technology topics every Tuesday this summer, thanks to the Atomic Learning platform that BSU has a license for! Atomic Learning is an online learning platform that you can access at your own convenience.

Consider the amount of written content our offices produce each year to inform, educate, or explain the various programs, services, and processes we all provide. While this content is important to provide the BSU community, one must consider other ways to present this content in more engaging ways, particularly through the use of video. This is critical because, according to a white paper by Cisco (2015), video consumption will account for 2/3 of all internet traffic by 2019. It is no wonder that YouTube is the second largest search engine the world!

One way to create valuable video content for students is to develop “screen capture” videos for online process related information or for tutorials utilizing a presentation. Some examples include Residence Life and Housing’s “Preparing for Room Selection“, BSUlife Integrated Marketing’s “How to Fill Out a Marketing Request Form“,  and New Student and Family Program’s “How To Register for Orientation“.

Today, we want to show you how to create these screen capture videos through the Atomic Learning platform.  In order to access the Atomic Learning platform, please click here to log in FIRST, before clicking below. Once you are logged in, click the following modules:

  • Jing: Under section “B”, the first tutorial video will teach you about Jing and how it may be used to create your screen capture video. This may be used on the PC or MAC. After this tutorial, and after a few more tutorials….  give Jing a try!
  • QuickTime: If you are a MAC user, QuickTime is the easiest way to create a screen capture video. After exploring the Atomic Learning section of QuickTime, check out this other tutorial.

Once you’ve created your screen capture video, you have a few ways of publishing them for folks to use:

  • YouTube: If your department has a YouTube channel, upload the screen capture video file to YouTube and share the link to the video on your website, in emails/email signatures, etc.
  • BSUlife Integrated Marketing: If you would like the Integrated Marketing Team to add an intro, caption it for accessibility, and add it to our BSUlife YouTube channel, simply fill out an Integrated Marketing Form and send us the video file!
  • Cloud Based File Sharing: Upload the video file to DropBox or Google Drive and share the public link with those you need to share the video with.

With screen capture videos, you can now:

  • Put all of your student and staff trainings that involve a powerpoint presentation online for consumption ahead of your official in-person training time! Add in pre and post assessments and you’ve got a different way of delivering this content!
  • Teach people how to navigate your online websites. Show them where things are located that you may have already written/listed out!
  • Make your presentations POP by embedding screen capture videos instead of screen shots images in your powerpoint/prezi/keynote slides to help drive important points home to your audience.

We hope that this tutorial inspires you to create a bunch of screen capture videos to augment department’s written and image based information!

Tech Tuesday’s will return next Tuesday with a tutorial on how to start your department’s blog utilizing the WordPress platform!

How will you use screen capture videos in your BSU Student Affairs work?

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About Ed Cabellon, Ed.D.

Director of Administration, @BSUlife @BridgeStateU | Chair of the BSU Student Affairs Technology Committee | former ACPA Digital Technology Co-Chair | Connect with me on my site at http://edcabellon.com
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