Screen Recording (Camtasia)

A screen recording captures anything displayed on your computer screen (PowerPoint presentation, webpage, etc) and pairs it with any audio narrated on a microphone connected to your computer.

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"Flip" Your Classroom Lecture

A large portion of time during face-to-face classes focuses on delivering information to students.  This leaves little time for students to actively analyze or apply some of the concepts addressed during a lecture.

Consider recording and presenting this content to students online before they enter the classroom.  Rather than providing this information during class, use class time to provide activities that integrate the concepts from the video lectures and course readings.

"Chunk" Information

Chunk information into manageable pieces that are centered on one specific concept.  To prevent "learner fatigue," prepare videos shorter than 15 minutes.

Support provided by Technology Serviceshelp

Technical assistance is provided to faculty and staff using the following screen recording software.

Recordings with Advanced Editing

Techsmith Camtasia Studio:  To purchase an individual license for Techsmith's Camtasia Studio contact Technology Services.

Overview of Camtasia Studiodocument - Overview of each step needed to record, edit, and produce a screen recording.

1 - How to Record Your Screendocument - Record your computer screen with a microphone

2 - Editing Your Recordingdocument - Basic editing tips within Camtasia Studio

3 - Producing Your Recordingdocument - Steps needed to produce your video

4 - Upload Your Produced Video to Desire2Learndocument - Steps required to upload your video to D2L

Recordings for Free

Techsmith Camtasia Relay:  Camtasia Relay is available free to all faculty member and staff.

Overviewdocument– Provide an overview of what happens during the recording process.

A - How to Recorddocument – Record your computer screen with audio from a microphone.

B - Download Recorderdocument – Download the recorder software on your computer (home, laptop, etc), follow these steps.

C - Retrieve Your Videodocument - After your video has been recorded, you will retrieve your finished video on the UW System Media Server (Kaltura).  [Please note, the UW media server is a pilot project during the 2011-2012 academic year.

D - Embed Your Video in D2Ldocument – Embed your video in your Desire2Learn course.

Troubleshooting Audio Settingsdocument – You run into a situation when you can not hear the sound on your computer when the microphone is plugged in. Be sure you check these settings.


Mayer, R. E. & Moreno, R. (2003).  Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning.  Educational Psychologist, 38(1), 43–52.

Young, J. (2009).  When computers leave classrooms, so does boredom. The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Article available at