Lecture Capture & Screencasting

What's the difference?

Screencasting is a video recording of the actions on a user's computer screen, typically with accompanying audio.  Screencasts provide a simple means to extend course content to anyone who might benefit from the material but cannot attend a presentation. They are a great way to provide quick explanations or tutorials to students in an online format.

Lecture Capture are recordings of classroom-based activities that are made available for review after the class. Lecture capture programs records cursor movement, typing, or other activity on your desktop and in your classroom. Lecture capture could be an alternative when students miss class, an opportunity for content review, or as a way to develop content for online courses.

What do you want to do?

I want to know what equipment and resources are available

The Center for Faculty Excellence has equipment that you can check out.

I want to record what is on my desktop

There are many different options for recording your desktop.

Screencast-o-matic allows you to record up to 15 minutes. You will need to upload the file to Panopto, YouTube, or Google Drive for students to view.

Zoom (fresnostate.zoom.us) allows you to record what you are sharing on your desktop. You can either record to your Zoom Cloud account and share the link with your students or record to your local computer and then upload file to Panopto, YouTube, or Google Drive for students to view.

For longer and more robust recordings Camtasia may be what you are looking for. This software is available for faculty and staff. Contact your IT liaison for installation.

I want to capture my lecture

Lecture capture allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally on Canvas. Contact an Instructional Designer to discuss your options.

I want to record a PowerPoint

Within PowerPoint you can record audio narrations onto the slides. (http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/record-and-add-narration-and-timings-to-a-slide-show-HA010338313.aspx)). Be aware that this tends to make very large files.

See 'I want to record what is on my desktop' for other options.

I want to caption my presentation


Upload your video to Panopto, and closed captioning will be automatically generated.

Create a script and sync with your video using Camtasia.

Upload your video to YouTube and use their captioning software to provide captions for your presentation.

I want to know if I need to caption my presentations

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) reflects the California State University's ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities.

"It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability." - Articulated in Executive order 923, the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations

I want to upload my presentation to Canvas

Once you have created your presentation, depending on the file type, you may be able to upload straight into Canvas (ie: .html or .docx file types). Please be aware that this might cause your class to load slowly for your students. 

Instead, consider linking/embedding them from YouTube, Google Drive, or Panopto.

I want to know what tools are free

There are MANY free tools some of which are already part of your device. An example is:

- Screencast-o-matic ( http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/)

If you are an instructor you can ask your IT liaison to install Camtasia onto your university device as well.

I want to know where I can get help

If you would like to know more about Lecture Capturing or Screencasting contact one of the Instructional Designers.