Your screencast is like any instructional session. You must first decide on the goals and objectives or outcomes that you want to accomplish with your screencast. This is part of the planning process. Developing measurable outcomes was discussed in the foundation module. Ask yourself "What do you want your learners to know or be able to do as a result of watching your screencast?" Identifying your desired outcomes will help you map out what you'll cover in your screencast.
Then, start scripting or at least develop a bulleted outline for your onscreen narration. Why should you script it out? Try winging it one time and you will understand why it's important! You will want to keep your screencast concise and not rambling. Scripting will help. If you’re collaborating, type it up on your Google Drive so that you and your colleagues can access it from anywhere. Once you have the narration, you can wordsmith it to make it just right. Scripting things out also insures that you will cover all your defined learning outcomes!
Next, think about your visuals. This is where storyboarding comes in and is especially helpful for larger e-learning projects or when you need to get reviewers to sign off or provide feedback on the design and development of the screencast. A storyboard is a document that shows the video, audio, and text elements of your screencast. Some storyboards also indicate where there are interaction points or places where the learner is expected to respond. Powerpoint is one easy option for creating storyboards. You can use the notes feature of PowerPoint and create the visual in the frame above and type the audio in the notes section. There are also numerous storyboard templates available online.
Some screencast tutorials may not require that you plan out visuals. This is the case when you are teaching your learners how to use a Web 2.0 tool or a specific piece of software, for example. You simply walk them through each step as you are recording your computer screen.
There are a number of tools for planning and storyboarding that you can can use. Here are links to several:
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