I thought the screencasting lesson was very informative! Jess and I recently gave a presentation to 9 month faculty about leave and leave reporting. I have been getting email questions almost daily from faculty about how they report sick leave, despite an email being sent out that included that information and our presentation. Currently I cut & paste written directions from a draft email. If we did screencasts we could just send them links. Maybe we could create an Office of the Vice Provost for Instruction HR You Tube page! Not everyone learns the same way, so this would be extremely helpful to HR professionals. We get the same questions all the time–setting up email accounts, using eServices for employee info–and this would save so much time.
I also do student services and run the Summer Studies website and blog. I think screencasting could revolutionize the information I give students. My colleague sees this as a way to teach students (and faculty) how to register for restricted classes.
I know they probably don’t have enough manpower to do it, but VCU Human Resources would benefit greatly from doing screencasting for Banner procedures for departmental employees with HR responsibilities. For example, I can never remember how to do PHAREDS (a way to move payroll funds to different accounts), even though it hasn’t changed since I started at VCU almost 5 years ago. Why not screencast that process and make it easier to remember?
From my cursory research, screencasting is a flash-based process. I hope either Apple or Adobe gets their shit together soon so us iPad folks can so screencasting. Tablets were MADE for processes like this. My laptop does not have a working mic (or a camera at all, for that matter), which is why I got the iPad. Make it work, y’all!
UPDATE: I spent days trying to do screencasting on my laptop with Jing. I uploaded drivers, used different mics… nothing worked. So, to prove I know how to do it, here is my one-minute soundless screencast about creating a Spotify playlist.