Reflections on Screencasting
· Be familiar with common terms, definitions and elements related to Learning Management Systems (LMS) and non-LMS environments.
· Demonstrate basic competency with design and implementation within a variety of LMS and non-LMS environments and tools
The evidence that I have chosen for demonstrating my proficiency in regards to the learning outcomes mentioned above are my screencasts explaining how to build a lesson in Moodle. Compared to the spontaneous screencast that I created in OLTD 503 (to introduce myself and different parts of my French Immersion courses), the screencasts for OLTD 504 required to familiarize myself as how to properly use the Screencast-o-Matic tool, a thorough understanding of how to build a lesson in Moodle and more preparation.
Although, I had used the Screencast-o-Matic tool before to create videos for my courses in D2L, I realized that the first step was to learn how to create a lesson in Moodle. I have used other LMS’s before but it was my first trial at Moodle. Because Moodle is quite intuitive and since there are so many tutorial videos available online, I assumed that I would be able to create my screencast very quickly. However, it was easier said than done. Since I was not using my own course content to build my lesson, I initially had to become familiar with the course material. I also had to keep in mind how I was going to use the content to create an entire unit that would include a homepage, a quiz, my lesson, an online discussion, an assignment, a gradebook, and a calendar, all in Moodle. It took me a while to decide which part of the content would be used for which activity in my unit but I managed to figure it out. When all the designing was complete, I thought that I was finally ready to record my screencast. Once again, I hit a roadblock. There were far too many details to remember, I had to write a script for my recording so that I did not forget any important steps of the setting and building of the lesson in Moodle. There was so much information to share that It would be best to create shorter videos instead of one very long video. When the scripts for each of the videos were prepared, I thought that I would be ready to begin recording; however, I encountered another roadblock. I realized that reading out loud in English was taking me out of my comfort zone. I was so nervous to have people listening to me read that it distracted me from all the other aspects of recording the screencast such as framing my screen properly and opening new windows at the right time. Over time and with practice, I gained confidence in reading abilities and I felt almost as comfortable as when I did my spontaneous video. There are still some technical aspects of screencasting that I need to learn about, but I know that the outcome of future screencasts will get better with practice just like my reading did.
I really enjoyed doing this assignment as it provided me the opportunity to work in Moodle for the first time. From my experience using Blackboard and D2L at my school, I found that Moodle was quite easy to use. It seems like most of the common LMS’s used in education allow teachers to present information, build assessments and discussion boards and to store grades. However, Moodle also appears to have other activities available such as a survey that can be used for receiving feedback from the students on the course, a glossary, and a workshop which can be used for peer-assessment. I like that the teacher can scaffold and guide the student’s learning instead of letting the student go from one assignment to the other. I also enjoyed working on course content that I was not familiar with. As usual, every time that a teacher uses another teacher’s material, he needs to adapt it to what suits him. I was thinking of how I would adapt this course to use it in my French Immersion program. I would have to have the option of recording within Moodle which would allow me to set up the forum to be done orally. Furthermore, every time a student would submit pictures for practical assignments in photography, I would require the student to explain orally the background story of the picture.
The recording of my screencasts to teach how to create a lesson in Moodle was a valuable experience as it provided me some practical experience with a new to me LMS and help develop some skills that I will be able to use in the future. I definitely feel more comfortable recording myself teach something in English.