Documentation:DIY Media Old Toolkits/DIY screencast/Plan

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  • Identify potential impact (Why am I doing this? Who will benefit? What will it change?)
  • Define objectives (What will people learn?)
  • Develop assessment plan (How will I know if I achieved my goals?)
  • Gather equipment (see What Do I Need? section)
  • Create a test file to practice using software or camera and audio quality, camera angles, lighting requirements.
  • Export test file formats and import in editing software to ensure you can work with the files.
  • Determine format, budget and timeline.
  • Have a clear idea of your objective(s) for the screencast and state what you expect viewers to learn. Screencasts work best as short demos or how-tos that are illustrative and action oriented. Ask yourself:
  • What do you want students to learn while watching your screencast?
  • What can I do in a screencast that students can't get through reading or class work?
  • What specifically do I need to demonstrate in a screencast to meet my objectives?
  • Think about how the screencast fits into the bigger picture. What learning activities will be associated with the video? (ie. discussion, self assessment questions, in class problem or case study analysis).
  • How does the screencast support the broader learning objective(s)?

Use this Plan Your Project worksheet PYP.jpg PYP2.jpg to help you plan out your screencast.

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  • Consider the aim of the screencast and limit to what's possible in a 3-5 minute time frame.
  • Consider what your viewers will need in order to learn from the screencast.
  • Plan out the timeframe for scripting, recording/filming, and editing and an an additional 20% to account for unexpected delays or issues. The more you screencast, the smoother your workflow will become and you’ll take much less time. Don’t be discouraged.