Incorporating screencasts to convey content is one way to add variety to the instructional materials provided in your course and can be a powerful way to promote learner engagement. A screencast is typically defined as a method of recording a computer screen often supplemented with webcam video and audio narration. Microsoft has recently introduced an add-on called Office Mix that integrates screencast functionality inside of PowerPoint. Although Office Mix is integrated specifically into PowerPoint, this free extension provides a very robust feature set. In addition to enhancing PowerPoint slides, Office Mix can be used for creating screencasts that include webcam video, audio narration, digital inking, polling, quizzes, and more!
Microsoft has made the process relatively easy for installing Office Mix, so users can quickly get started creating Office Mix enhanced recordings. Check out the Office Mix dedicated website for complete information and video tutorials for getting started using Office Mix. Unfortunately for Apple/Mac users, Office Mix is currently available only on Windows PCs that have either Office 365 or PowerPoint 2013 or later versions installed.
Using Office Mix for generating a screencast provides several unique advantages:
- PowerPoint slides provide a natural storyboard making it easy to stay on task during the recording process.
- PowerPoint users have the advantage of using Office Mix to enhance existing presentations and slide content without having to generate new content from scratch.
- Microsoft integrates simple hosting of recorded “mixes” while providing embed code that can be used to easily insert videos directly into your CSC Online Sakai course!
- The Microsoft hosting platform provides accessibility options for uploading a transcript and controlling other aspects of the recorded video.
- In addition, detailed analytics are available that can provide insight on how your mixes are being utilized.
If Office Mix sounds intriguing and you would like to learn more, be sure to sign up to participate in the TLC Workshop scheduled for March, Geared to Engage Students in Learning: A Simple Way to Add Interactive Content to Your Course. If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Teaching and Learning Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Increasingly, the TLC will focus its efforts on reporting emerging technologies that enhance teaching and learning. As we review technologies within the TLC, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. Please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (email@example.com or 308.432.6234).