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Screencast your feedback for better learning

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In the August 2017 issue of Online Classroom, Associate Director of Faculty Development John Orlando at Northcentral University presented the second of a two-part summary of his comparative research on feedback modes for online students. His research compared text, voice and screencasting modes- you can request the full article via interlibrary loan.

On our team, Greg Kaminski blogged about part one of Johnʻs initial article focusing on the benefits of audio feedback and some of the excellent reasons to incorporate your personal voice into your instructional guidance. Here, this idea is taken a step further to include a screencast, or a recording of a computer or device screen and accompanying audio to deliver rich in-context feedback to online learners.

While this method is more involved than offering audio feedback alone, There are good reasons you may want to consider adopting screencasting into your online teaching toolkit.


  • Screencast feedback is like having a one on one guidance session with a student-  Youʻre marking feedback or focusing learner attention while synchronously delivering your message, theoretically improving comprehension and retention
  • Examples can be shown rather than described
  • Feedback markup is delivered with context and preserved for reflection – learners can choose to use screencasts indefinitely
  • “Students ask more questions about the feedback and initiate greater discussion of the issues than with text feedback.” J. Orlando
  • Screencasting “creates a more collegial atmosphere and a sense of working through the issues together” J. Orlando
  • Improve your presence – Melany Budiman prior blogged for us an overview of the benefits.
  • Create universally accessible learning opportunities – our support teams will help you caption your ephemeral student feedback media as the need and type of support is identified. See our Accessibility for Online Course Content guide for more info.


Desktop (PC, Mac)- Using CaptureSpace Lite from within D2L Brightspace. Here is a how-to tutorial, and you can get direct support from our Instructional Technology Specialist available at each campus.

iOS devices- you can now record directly with iOS 11 on your device!

Android devices require an app –  Lollipop Recorder for Android

New easy access for Online Classroom articles!

You can also read John Orlando’s full article Screencasting Feedback for Better Learning from the August edition of Online Classroom. All PCC instructors now have very easy access to all current Online Classroom articles and archives. Here’s how…

  1. Log into D2L
  2. Find the “Instructor Resources” menu at the top, and select “Access Magna Publications.”
  3. Click on “Online Classroom Archives.”


Orlando, John (2017). Screencasting feedback for better learning. Online Classroom. Vol. 17, Iss 8, 2017.

Orlando, John (2016) A Comparison of Text, Voice, and Screencasting Feedback to Online Students American Journal of Distance Education Vol. 30 , Iss. 3,2016

About Monica Marlo

Multimedia Ed-Tech one up for PCC faculty. Immedgineer- Immersive Education Engineer. Multi-disciplinary, a blended use of analog and digital interactive storytelling tools to immerse a learner toward measurable objectives. (eg: 3D virtual ... more »