Screencasting and elearning resources

October 31, 2007 at 12:17 am (conference notes, Library 2.0) (, , )

Michelle Boule –

Karen Coombs –


Software that can help make screencasts work


Slideshare – online only

Zoho show – can put a lot of stuff into it, work offline, etc.

Google Presentations – for shared document/presentation work


Online learning – Drupal Chat has a built in chat engine that gets around filters and firewalls, which can be nice if you’re in a system that has those things in place.  Everyone meets at the same time, signs in with their Drupal account, discuss the topic, be done.  Could require a little training to get people used to group chat tech.


Third party chat clients – Trilliam, Pidgeon – people use their existing IM accounts at AIM, Yahoo, etc. to sign in.  Need to download software onto a desktop in order run the program.


Meebo solves this problem – you can go to it online, set up an online account, and use it as a central point.  People sign in with their other accounts.  It’s great.


Group Clients – CampFire, MeeboRooms – for group chat.




Blogger – bought by Google, some new features, new things being built for Blogger, integrates with other Google products.  You can have your own domain for about 9 dollars.  Neat. 


WordPress – they have both a .com and a .org presence.  They’re open source, so that’s cool.  Lots of flexibility, comes with a great SPAM filter.  Can import posts from other major blogs, like Blogger.  You can post to the future, autosaves posts as you type.  You can download and host a version of the software, too. 


Movable Type – you have to install it on your server.  Looks clunky and expensive for what now?


Back To Screencasting Tools:

Camtasia – pricey.  Capture screen, embed video, powerpoint blended in.  Very complex to use and learn, but you can export to various file types, lots of flexibility. 

Captivate – simple to use, not full-motion capture, instead a series of screenshots placed quickly together. 

CamStudio – free option, only runs on windows.  Open source.  Simple, you can export as avi or flash video.

IshowU – Mac option is a great place to store your video files, and you can then post to multiple locations with a click, rather than have to upload repeatedly.


Webcasting – realtime teaching.  Tough to do, and tools that do the task are really expensive.  A few options out there for people with small budgets:


OPAL – Online Programming for All Libraries.  Collective of librarians.  Live chat feature, archives stuff, only works on PCs in IE.  Booo.


DimDim – open source software service thingy – costs a little money.  Browser based, multi-user chat, a/v, screen, doc. sharing.


Zoho Meeting – free in beta, person who runs it has to have an install, works in most every browser.  Broadcasts the presenters computer to the attendees.


VMukti – free, os, no install, open or private meetings, have to install and run on a MySQL database, support is free, installation support is 100$.


Podcasting tools:


Audacity – the way to go for making recordings.  Great editing features, with level adjustments, trimming, fades.  You can create an mp3 file, remember to download the LAME codec for creating mp3 files.  That’s important.


Probably just look at podcast notes.  Feedburner keeps stats for you – important for justifying support from the institution.


iTunes University – lectures and stuff.  Neat.


Podpress – a plugin for your wordpress blog – definitely look into that for One Minute Critic and other bloggy blogs.


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