Quick and Simple Creation of Educational Tutorials

When providing instruction to students, often it is helpful to provide a simple recorded demonstration of a specific task or activity in addition to textual documentation. Such educational tutorials, also often referred to as "screencasts," can be created using a software capture program that records cursor movement, typing, or other on-screen activity as well as narration. This hands-on workshop will introduce the free Jing screencasting tool and explore several practical applications for implementing simple educational tutorials in the classroom.

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What are educational tutorials?

When you think of educational tutorials, what comes to mind?
  • screencasts
  • self-assessment
  • repeatable
  • self-paced
  • interesting
  • boring
  • visual
  • interactive
  • audio
  • on-demand
  • accessible 24/7

Why educational tutorials?

Why might an educator want to use educational tutorials?
  • on-demand
  • consistency
  • reusability
  • instructor-led vs. self-paces
  • supplemental
  • time-saving for faculty (answer question once)
  • review/revise/change before posting


  • course tour
  • syllabus tour
  • student assignments
  • assignment feedback
  • ...lots more!
View samples at http://delicious.com/tag/fsi09tutorials

Getting Started

  • Download FREE software at  jingproject.com
  • Install Jing software on your computer
  • Launch the Jing software and follow the on-screen instructions to register for a free account at screencast.com
  • Plugin your headset mic and begin recording


  • Record window size at 800x600 or smaller
  • Keep recordings under 5 minutes
  • Embed rather than upload to your learning management system
  • Introduce students to the practice of creating their own screencasts

Last Updated: 5/19/2009

Cite this session/handout as:
Rhode, J. F. (2009, May 19). Quick and simple creation of educational tutorials. Presented at Faculty Summer Institute on Teaching Technologies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.