The shift to online teaching
For most of the teachers who have never gave a course online, the COVID-19 lockdown of schools pushed them to make a quick transition to online teaching. For the majority this translated into giving lessons through platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet.
This is what most would call – synchronous learning – as it tries to reproduce the face-to-face learning in online spaces.
Synchronous courses limit important aspects of learning such as: interactions& forcing learning at the same pace which eventually results into frustrations and not achieving the course objective entirely.
In asynchronous learning, lessons and lectures are given via pre-recorded videos. Students watch the videos in their own time with the option of playing back the video as many times as it is needed.
Asynchronous learning also allows students to better interact with course content through conversations with their peers, quizzes embedded directly in the course videos, and more.
Meanwhile, instructors can measure student engagement with the content through quiz results, and video analytics (such as who watched and for how long, etc.) Plus, by assigning points to watching videos, instructors can give more incentive to watch and pay attention. Students main benefit is being able to learn on their own pace eliminating the frustrations that may arise during a live Zoom lecture.
Best screen recording software for online teaching & lectures
The first step is to select the best screen recorder tool for asynchronous lecture capture. Here’s the our TOP 3 picks according to our screen recording comparison.
#1 Snagit 2021
TechSmith’s all-in-one- capture software is already a legend. While Camtasia boasts with powerful video editing capabilities, Snagit is the choice when it comes to complex screen capture, gif creation and short screen recordings and annotations.
BEST FOR: Secondary Education, University and Online Instructors
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#2 Camtasia 2021: The software is easy to use by experts, but also easy to learn and get used to by novices. Techsmith provides plenty of explanatory materials, how-to’s, demos and documentations to make teachers’ life easier.
BEST FOR: University & Higher Academics
Great discounts for the educators
#3 Screencast-O-Matic: This online screen recording tool adds visual hints to your cursor, making this a great tool for creating tutorials.
BEST FOR: Primary & Secondary K12 teachers
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Are you using a different tool? Please feel free to share your feedback with us by adding a comment.