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Narrated powerpoints and screen recordings capture you narrating visual material for your students. In addition to your audio and screen recording, these videos may or may not include you on camera depending on what you decide is best for communicating your content to students. Refer to the Recording at Home Guide for more information.


Webcam and Microphone

Instructors will need access to a webcam. This can be an internal computer or smart phone camera, or an external camera plug-in.

The best quality microphones are external plug-ins. Internal plug-ins can be acceptable.

Guidance on hardware recommendations and positioning can be found in the Recording From Home Guide.

Screen Recording Application

  • Powerpoint
  • Quicktime
  • Ensemble Desktop Recording
Example: Powerpoint Recording

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Example: Quicktime Recording

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Using the Scribe Tool

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A scribing tool can be used to further illustrate content for the student. In the lecture, the instructor can use Apple or Windows interfaces to screen record themselves writing equations, diagrams, and more. In post-production, the scribed material can be adapted into graphic animation or supplemented as is into the lecture video.


Scripts or Slides

Instructors must provide scripts or slides to be shown on the teleprompter.

Content Outline

The following questions need to be answered:

  • What will you be scribing? 
  • How many video lectures will need the scribing tool?
  • What percentage of your videos will be scribed?
  • Will your scribed material need to be translated to graphics? 
  • Will you need to scribe on a blank board or on powerpoint slides?

Production Meeting

  • A production meeting with the Production Team to discuss further details must happen at least 4 weeks prior to the recording date.

Materials Submitted

  • The materials for production must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the recording date.


More time might be needed to convert the gather materials from the instructor into graphics prior to the recording date.

More Examples

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In this example, the instructor scribed her content for the graphic designers to reproduce in the form of an animation.

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