Quick and easy recordings with Camtasia Relay

Tired of spending hours recording voiceover PowerPoint lectures for your students? Worried your students just aren’t “getting it” and not sure your written explanations are getting through? Wondering how you’re going to give feedback to students on their projects? Not sure you’re making the connection in a distance course? The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is offering a service that can help.

Camtasia Relay is now available to all faculty. It will record anything on your screen, whether it be a PowerPoint lecture, a walkthrough of a website, or a tutorial of how to use a new program. You can record from work, home or even from your mobile device. It’s simple, easy to use and free to all instructors at OHSU.

Camtasia Relay can be used to do so much more than just record a narrated presentation. Some other possibilities are:

  • Quick responses (5-10 minutes) to students questions on homework and quiz questions
  • Just in time mini-lectures to address challenging content
  • Tutorials and walkthroughs of specialized systems, web pages, applications, etc.
  • Welcome/Introduction “talks” to introduce students to weekly content
  • Video feedback to student assignments
  • Khan Academy style videos made with a drawing tablet

Check out what some of your OHSU colleagues are doing:

Kathie Lasater, EdD, RN, ANEF, Associate Instructor in the School of Nursing, and one of the Camtasia Relay beta-testers says,

“The setup and use of the Camtasia Relay system is easy, especially for a digital immigrant like me. I’ve gotten great feedback from the students in my hybrid (blended) course that they really appreciated the short blurbs I produced with Camtasia Relay because it helps them to focus on what the week is about. From my vantage as the facilitator of learning, I like it because it helps me to connect the dots between modules for the students as well as pick up on any evidence of ‘not getting it,’ particularly between the weeks that we don’t meet.” Dr. Lasater’s lecture “‘Careening’ toward Week 8” is one such example of an introduction of weekly content to her students.

Claudio Mello, MD, PhD, Professor in the School of Medicine, is recording lectures using Camtasia Relay, which students can watch, and rewatch, from home. Having lectures available outside of class helps students gain mastery over the content and touch up on any parts of the lecture they may have missed.

Dr. Mello says of Camtasia Relay, “I actually enjoyed using the software, it was surprisingly easy to use it on my laptop, a MacBook… I’d also suggest breaking up a lecture into shorter 10-20 min segments, students also seem to like that, instead of having very large lecture files to view.”

Larry Wasserman, MS Health Care Fiscal Managment, CPA and Adjunct Instructor in the Division of Management, uses Relay to record tutorials, problem walkthroughs and practical examples of the week’s content in Excel for his Managerial Accounting course. View his lecture Fixed and Variable Cost as an example.

“I enjoyed doing a full lecture [using Camtasia Relay] because it seemed more “real” as opposed to using Adobe Presenter and having each slide done one by one (which you essentially can perfect), ” says Mandy McKimmy, RN, MSN, FNP-C, Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. She uses Relay to show her students how to search for national guidelines on the web for a patient with high cholesterol in Cholesterol Guidelines.

Some benefits of the Camtasia Relay system are:

  • Record from anywhere with Internet access (including from mobile devices!)
  • Capture anything on your screen
  • Help students connect with you at a distance – include your face with a webcam thumbnail
  • Quick and Easy to install and use
  • Links to your recordings emailed directly to you, which you can embed in Sakai, an email or anywhere.
  • Mobile-friendly! Students can watch recordings from their mobile devices.
  • Audio files automatically created to supplement flash recordings
  • Students can watch lectures over and over again as needed
  • It’s free to use for OHSU instructors

If this sounds like something you would like to try, please email or call the Sakai Help Desk (sakai@ohsu.edu or 877-972-5249) and we’d be happy to consult with you.

Here’s a haiku or two:

Camtasia Relay
Record Anything On Screen
Will you flip your class?

Flipping my classroom?
Time for hands-on, discussion
Awesome! Relay Rules!

Write a haiku about Camtasia Relay, narrated PowerPoint or lecturing and share it with us in the comments (the haiku form is 5, 7, 5 syllables)!

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