Generating Student Video Feedback using screenr

On the 28th May 2009  I wrote a post on Generating Student Video Feedback using ScreenToaster. As ScreenToaster is now ‘toast’ I thought I’d repost highlighting screenr instead. As the process for using ScreenToaster/screenr is so similar I haven’t re-recorded the demo video, but hopefully you get the idea (I’m glad I downloaded the original and put it on vimeo 😉


As I’ve recently revisited on generating audio feedback it seemed timely, particularly with a request from UHI coming into my inbox, to also have another look at video feedback. Russell Stannard recently won a Times Higher Education Award partly for his work in this particular area. In Russell’s work he uses screen capture software to record feedback on electronic submissions of student work. More information on this technique is available in a case study Russell prepared for the Higher Education Academy English Subject Centre on Using Screen Capture Software in Student Feedback. An example of using this technique is also available – click here for a short example of video feedback.

In my original post I highlighted Using Tokbox for Live and Recorded Video Feedback as a possible solution to distribute video feedback. At the time I felt there were two niggling issues with using Tokbox. First there was the requirement to install the ManyCams software to allow you to display your desktop and secondly Tokbox was very slow in uploading video you had recorded. For live video feedback Tokbox might still be worth considering, but shortly after publishing the post I discovered ScreenToaster., but for recorded feedback you might do better with screenr.

ScreenToaster Screenr allows you to record your desktop without installing any software. It’s very easy to setup and the videos you create can be immediately uploaded allowing you to decides how you want to distribute and share them [You can also publish them directly to YouTube and/or download the video in MP4 format. The following video shows you how easy it is to setup and highlights some of the useful features. Even if you are not interested in delivering video feedback to students this is still a great site to record other material like demonstrations of software.

ScreenToaster Screencast 
Example of using ScreenToaster to deliver video feedback on student submitted work from Martin Hawksey on Vimeo


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  • Emma

    I tried that a few years ago (by the looks of some files on my website, 2007 – or perhaps before that, even!)
    I used Captivate – as we had it at the time – and also put the files on my webspace & just sent the student the link. That meant that it could be more ‘private’. I’d first tried it for a dyslexic distance learning student – who was, apparently very pleased with someone taking that level of thought about her.
    It did take more time than had I written it, but probably less than had she been a face to face studnet & come to talk to me about the essay.

    • Martin Hawksey

      The administration of audio/video feedback appears to be where a lot of the time is lost (renaming files, uploading, sending links), do you agree?

  • Emma

    Yes! Especially when you have email addresses for the students in one format (e.g. their names), yet office staff need the final marks in the system by studentID … we’re not meant to know who did what bit of work. Makes that very fiddly at times!
    However, as I uploaded them to a local server, that bit wasn’t so bad – guess I could even have saved the files directly there, had I set Captivate up properly!

  • Martin Hawksey

    Just talked to a guy from PebblePad – their roadmap includes adding the ability to record audio/video straight into PebblePad. That could potentially save a lot of time {wonder if anyone has done something already for Mahara}.
    A podcast of my interview will be out soon

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