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Book Review: E-Learning with Camtasia Studio

“The generation of visual learners is already upon us.” – David B. Demyan

The evolution of digital technologies has set the stage for the increased use of video as a vital teaching and learning aid. Are you a motivated teacher looking to leverage the power and mobility of video as a teaching tool? Well, you’re here on a site focused on ‘flipped’ teaching and learning, so my guess is that you are!

If there is one software tool that I had to select as the most impactful application in facilitating the flipped learning grassroots movement, I would have to pick Camtasia Studio from Techsmith. This powerful, affordable video editing software is hands-down the popular favorite among screencasters who decide to move beyond the limited world of free tools and embrace the power of rich editing.

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If you want to get up and running with creating high quality video learning content using this powerhouse software, David Demyan’s new book, E-Learning with Camtasia Studio, is going to get you there quickly.

What the Book Covers

The book is organized in a very straightforward manner, walking the reader through what they need to know to move quickly from novice to highly capable video developer.

  • Chapter 1, “Getting Started with Course Development“, focuses on understanding how the video medium can work in teaching others, providing a sound foundation for the rest of the book.
  • Chapter 2, “Planning the Project“, presents a sample plan and raises your awareness of considerations you need to address for a successful, high-quality video.
  • Chapter 3, “Creating the Script“, teaches you what you need to include in your script and how to format it to make production easier.
  • Chapter 4, “Creating the Storyboard“, helps you understand why you need a storyboard, and the steps and techniques required to develop one.
  • Chapter 5, “Recording Basics“, covers the technical aspects of recording on a computer are described, with step-by-step instructions for using Camtasia Recorder. As an added bonus, information about using the free audio software Audacity is included as well.
  • Chapter 6, “Editing the Project“, provides ‘Try it’ exercises that walk you through the powerful editing capabilities of Camtasia. At the completion of this chapter, you should have a video project you are ready to use.
  • Chapter 7, “Quizzes and Interactions“, introduces the two interactive tools Camtasia provides – ‘hotspots’ (for linking out to web content) and the excellent Quiz feature.
  • Chapter 8, “Deploying Your E-Learning Video to the Web or LMS“, will help you understand how to distribute the video content you’ve created.

My Experience with the Book

I’ve been using Camtasia to create video content for years, but I still had not checked out the quiz feature that they added a while back. This was the first part of the book I jumped to when I received it. It walked me through the process of adding quiz questions to a Camtasia Video very easily. The instructions were clear and efficient.

The book also delved into the how to use advanced techniques like using SCORM for scoring. The book definitely manages to provide expert guidance for the beginner and deeper exploration for the experienced Camtasia user.

(By the way, one thing I also learned in just a few minutes while using this book to explore the Quiz feature is that the video publication process goes from simple to somewhat cumbersome if you wish to use Camtasia’s Quiz feature. It seems much easier to create your video without a quiz, publish it via YouTube, and then use a tool like EduCanon or EdPuzzle to add quiz questions.)

At just around $10 for the Kindle version, you can’t go wrong with E-Learning with Camtasia Studio!

 

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