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Camtasia is a powerful screencasting desktop software that also supports video editing. Instructors can choose the screen area they wish to record and easily include audio or other multimedia to create dynamic educational videos.

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How do I get started?

UBC offers campus-wide free access to Camtasia for faculty, staff, and students. First, download the software to your computer, then install and open it to start making projects.

The easiest way to download and install is:

  1. Log in to Canvas with your CWL.
  2. Click the Help menu on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the Software Distribution option.
  4. Select Camtasia from the menu.
  5. Choose your platform (Mac or Windows).
  6. Click the Add to cart button.
  7. Click the Proceed to Checkout button.
  8. Fill in your Contact Information.
  9. On the following page, note down the License Key because you will need it to complete the installation.
  10. Click the Proceed with Download button.
  11. Click the Download button and follow the instruction prompts to complete installation.

From there, you can reference UBC Studio's media maker's site and the community-sourced Do-It-Yourself (DIY) toolkit for Camtasia or follow Camtasia's tutorials for Mac and Windows.

Important Notice: The feature within Camtasia that permits users to create and administer online video quizzes cannot be used by instructors as it does not maintain compliancy with FIPPA. This feature collects user’s personal information and transmits this data to TechSmith servers outside of Canada. Additionally, it gives TechSmith a license to reproduce, distribute, display and otherwise use your quiz content.

Additional information regarding the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) can be found on the University Council web-page.

FIPPA-Compliant Solution: To create and administer quizzes in the form of videos, we recommend the use of Kaltura to upload and create this content. Kaltura is already integrated into Canvas, includes video quiz creation tools, and is FIPPA compliant.

For more information on how to use Kaltura to set up video quizzes, check out the following resources:

What support is available?

Support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub and assisted by members in the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Media Learning Community and industry experts from UBC Studios. Additional expertise is available during regular DIY help sessions.