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SCREENCASTING FOR AN

ACADEMIC AUDIENCE

Stephanie Kerns, MLS

Galter Health Sciences Library

Northwestern University

skerns@northwestern.edu

312-503-1201


BACKGROUND

Galter Library serves the faculty, staff,

residents, and students at the Feinberg

School of Medicine and the affiliated

hospitals.

Northwestern University

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

– Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

– Children’s Memorial Hospital

– Jesse Brown VA Medical Center


BACKGROUND

• Wide range of knowledge levels

– Doctors

– Students

– Academic staff

– Nurses

• Wide range of technical skills

• Geographic diversity

• Various learner types


BACKGROUND

• Why create videos?

• Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences

– Proposed in 1983

– 7 intelligence types

• Two of interest:

– Spatial (Visual)

– Linguistic

• We always had web guides

• Wanted to create videos

– For visual learners

– To better illustrate tasks such as using a software program


TYPES OF SCREENCASTS

• Distance Learning Classes

– Medical Informatics Masters Program

– Prosthetics & Orthotics Program soon

• Incorporated into web guides

– Started in 2005

– Currently revamping how we are doing this

– Assessment needs


DISTANCE LEARNING CLASSES

• Synchronous

• Recorded and posted in the course site for later

reference

• Adobe Connect

• FERPA issues if posted on the library site

• http://northwesternuniversity.na4.acrobat.c

om/p72359729/


WEB GUIDES

• Point of need and asynchronous

• Most of our users are not on campus or

doing research when librarians are

available to help them

• First iterations: simply inserted links to

videos into already existing web guides


SCREENCASTING

• Then: Current Awareness Guide 2006


SCREENCASTING

• Now: Current Awareness Services 2010

http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/Guidesand-Tutorials/Current-Awareness


SCREENCASTING

• Tour of the Galter Website

– http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/Guidesand-Tutorials/Website-Tour/

• Using GalterLists

– http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/Guidesand-Tutorials/Galter-Lists/

• Functional Disease Ontology

– http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/Guidesand-Tutorials/Functional-Disease-Ontology


SCREENCASTING

• Software Support: EndNote

– One of the most requested classes we teach

– EndNote Guide available on website for years

• http://www.galter.northwestern.edu/Guides

-and-Tutorials/EndNote-Basics


FUTURE IDEAS

• Incorporate videos at more points of need

throughout website

• For example, Class Sign Up page


FUTURE IDEAS


FUTURE IDEAS

• Have a page of screencasts and videos

• Branding

– Part of a larger branding effort of the library

– Will create a consistent look and feel where

appropriate

– Will create a lead-in for other videos

– Example:

http://mediaspace.northwestern.edu/nuventionnorthwestern-center-entrepreneurship-innovation


ISSUES

• Storing files

– Web server space available

– Workflow to add files to server

• Now have a plan to use the university’s

MediaSpace server which will also allow us to

push out to iTunesU and YouTube very easily

• Software

– Keeping up-to-date and diverse

– My department also supports faculty in using the

software for their own teaching (Adobe Connect and

Screenflow)

– We now have 3 Mac users, 2 PC users, and

Camtasia, Screenflow and Connect licenses

throughout


ASSESSMENT

• We need to do this more fully

• We are coming up with a plan that

includes

– Usability (part of an overall website

assessment)

– Usage statistics

– Feedback – either focus groups or quick web

survey


TIPS AND TRICKS

• Plan your script and your movements on

screen (but not too much)

• Create short clips for incorporation in web

guides

• Plan on about an hour of production time to

create a minute of video

• Consider web tutorials for instruction that

requires interactivity


SCREENCASTING FOR AN

ACADEMIC AUDIENCE

Stephanie Kerns, MLS

Galter Health Sciences Library

Northwestern University

skerns@northwestern.edu

312-503-1201

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