Camtasia studio is a software suite designed to allow faculty to record anything they can show on their
screen. Both video capture of the computer screen and audio recording of a speaker is possible.
Camtasia also allows editing of the recorded video/audio, including cutting or splicing portions of the
recording or adding graphics, transitions, callouts, captions etc.
When Use Camtasia
Camtasia videos are great for:
Providing an introduction or overview of a course/course topic
Mini-lectures to demonstrate a single problem-solving procedure or technique (e.g., solving a
particular type of problem in physics, chemistry, statistics, algebra, etc.)
Mini-lectures to provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrate completion of a task
(especially a computer-based task) or laboratory procedure.
Flipping your Classroom: Assign the viewing and note taking of the video as homework, then
start a Blackboard Discussion Forum or in-class discussion in which students are required to
discuss the topic and present their conclusions.
Why Use Camtasia
For online courses, Camtasia recordings allow students to hear the instructor’s explanation of a
topic (to supplement/clarify readings from a text or Power Point presentation).
For complex topics, either in online or in-person classes, Camtasia videos allow students to
watch the professor’s demonstration as many times as they wish until they understand the
Best Practices for Using Camtasia
Structure Camtasia micro-lecture carefully. Create a script before beginning your recording and
plan all computer applications that you will need (and have them open and ready).
Wherever you show the video, first create context by preparing a 15-30 second introduction and
a short summary or conclusion.
Include an activity or written assignment as a follow-up – i.e. require students to apply the
learning from the micro-lecture. Students often overestimate their understanding and need
concrete feedback to determine whether they have adequately learned the material.
Embed or link the micro-lectures into your Moodle course. You can either make them standalone links or you can use them as clickable demonstrations in the middle of a written lecture or
For more tips and best practices, the following resources provide sound, well-researched guidelines for
using Camtasia to enhance learning:
Camtasia Techniques, Tricks, and Best Practices by Eric Nunes, Jeff Mills, Dave Giberson of San Diego
Community College District
Best Practices Tips
Video Best Practices
10 Tips for Good Camtasia Projects by Camtasia Studio