For anyone considering some form of online lecture or presentation, the problem is trying to replicate the “presence” you take for granted in a face-to-face (F2F) setting. There are many options, but you need to understand their pros & cons to choose wisely.
Guides & Demos
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- Creating a Camtasia Movie (Techsmith.com tutorial)
- Producing a Flash File for Use in Blackboard
- Posting a Flash File into Blackboard
- Example from Caroline Forestiere POLI 301 WT2009.
Creating a Screenflow Movie (Mac only)
Note: Screenflow is basically the same as Camtasia except that it is mac only and it only outputs Quicktime movie files.
Jing from Techsmith
Note: Jing, is a free screencast capture tool made by TechSmith.com, which also makes Camtasia. If you just want to make short (5 minute) “quick & dirty” narrated screen captures and “mini-presentations,” this is a great tool.
Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing
Blackboard collaborate can be used to do live, inactive presentations on the web, or you can record a lecture presentation asynhronously for viewing later. Here is an overview of this product from Blackboard.