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LectureScribe is a simple and free whiteboard recording program that lets you record your pen strokes and your lecture simultaneously. It was developed by Brian C. Dean at Clemson University. It is a very simple tool ideal for
online beginners, whether teachers or students. Lectures developed with LectureScribe can be downloaded to a website or your online course.

Here is a link to a video that shows you how to use LectureScribe: LectureScribe Tutorial.

As the author of this video lets us know: "it is slightly out of date (for example, image import is now possible, and magnification mode is now turned off by default)". This demonstrates that LectureScribe is not a commercial product! Nevertheless it is a program developed by a teacher for teachers and it can be very useful for your online course. I warn you that the sound is not very good on this video and the author explains why. I chose to post this link anyway because it goes step by step through LectureScribe's different features.

Getting Started | Online Learning Application | Pros and Cons | References



Getting Started

To be able to use LectureScribe, you just have to download it. Click on the install link on this page LectureScribe.

When you open the application, you will see the following window:


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A lecture developed with LectureScribe is organized in Boards: each board is like a session or a chapter of your lesson. In the board menu, you'll see that you can: Insert, Delete or Re-order Boards. Using different boards instead of recording one long lecture enables you to break it into chunks, allowing listeners/learners to find what they are looking for more easily. The play bar indicates the different boards by a triangle as shown below:


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To record your lecture you simply have to press the Record button and LectureScribe will record what you say and write. All the other VCR-like controls are available also.

What can you do on a board? You can insert an image, you can write or draw in real time, or you can write or draw while the recording is on pause and it will appear instantanously when you play it, and you can erase anything. Here are the different colours and tools available for writing and drawing:


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Online Learning Application

On this interesting web site about how to create white board lectures, you will find an overview and a demo of LectureScribe. The demo shows how LectureScribe can be used for an online course: Here Is an Easy Way to Create Whiteboard Lectures for Your E-Learning Courses.

LectureScribe can be used:
  • Course beginning: LectureScribe can be used to create an introduction to an online course combining the voice of the teacher, maybe his/her picture, and a presentation of the course. Although it is not what LectureScribe is normally intended for, it would make a kind of an informal slideshow easy to record with the voice of the teacher. It can be used for early concept introductions or any announcements that require visual explanations.

  • Course middle: LectureScribe can be used in the middle of the course to describe a concept that is dynamic in nature and harder to articulate clearly in printed text and harder still to explain orally. It can be used to post in a forum in response to a student’s question or to clarify a point that several students have a hard time understanding. It can be used by students to demonstrate their understanding or, on the contrary, to show where they are stuck in a problem solving process. I am planning to try to use LectureScribe to record while using a screen sharing application, which means I could teach in real time and gain the advantage of having a record of the course for the students to listen to again as many times as they want. (If in addition to this, a tool like Skype is used, the course can be interactive).

  • Course end : LectureScribe can be used to demonstrate “the thought process that experts use in solving math, engineering, or any type of problem.” (Boettcher and Conrad, 2010, p. 214). It can be used as an assessment tool: students can demonstrate their understanding of a process or recapitulate a whole process by recording it with LectureScribe.


Pros and Cons


Pros

  • Free
  • Very easy to install and to use
  • Can be used by teachers as well as students in order to record their writing and speech


Cons

  • Not as easy to use without a pen input device on a tablet (handwriting is difficult with a mouse)
  • Not a commercial product so no “official” support
  • Limited functions and limited time to 25 min of lecture


References


Dean, B. (n.d.). LectureScribe: A Simple Tool for Creating Animated Whiteboard Lectures. [PDF Document]. Retrieved from http://people.cs.clemson.edu/~bcdean/lscribe/Faculty_Directions_Article.pdf.

Dean, B. (n.d.). LectureScribe. Retrieved from http://people.cs.clemson.edu/~bcdean/lscribe/.

Klappa, P. (February 4, 2011). Example of LectureScribe. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdpTEqJn-_g.

Kuhlman, T. (n.d.). LectureScribe_demo. Retrieved from http://articulate.www.resources.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/community/blogdemo/Lecturescribe_demo/player.html.



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