Adventures in Video: Connecting with Online Students through Camtasia

Concurrent Session 8

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Harness the power of video to capture your students' attention and keep them engaged. With Camtasia, you can give a course tour, demonstrate how to complete assignments, and even put yourself into your lectures with green screen technology.


Tracy Schaelen is the Distance Education Faculty Coordinator at Southwestern College, where she creates and facilitates faculty training, provides instructional design consultation, and develops DE resources for the college. Her 20-year career at Southwestern has included designing and teaching a variety of English courses on campus and online as well as coordinating the campus writing center. She completed @ONE's Online Teaching Certification Program in 2013 and then joined the @ONE team as a Practicum guide, course facilitator, and trainer. She is also involved in the Online Education Initiative as a Lead Course Reviewer and workshop facilitator. Tracy’s belief in the power of video to increase instructor presence and enhance student learning has led her to present on the topic online and onsite across the nation. Tracy lives in San Diego with her husband, two children, and beloved Boxer, all of whom are often recruited to help make videos.

Extended Abstract

Our students live in a YouTube world—they turn to video to learn how to do everything from mastering Minecraft to baking brownies. What if educators could harness that power? What if our instructional videos captured their attention and delivered a learning experience that was both entertaining and informative? Learn how you can use Camtasia to connect with online students and keep them engaged as you give a course tour, teach course concepts, or demonstrate how to submit assignments. With a little green screen magic, you can even film yourself balancing on the edge of a volcano or touring the Louvre . . . or perhaps just standing in front of your lecture slides. Participants will receive a virtual tool kit of sample instructional videos, free online tools, and filmmaking resources.