Week 3 – Multimedia Learning Theory, Screencasting & Video Editing

Welcome to Week 3 of our Class! This topic is very important as it explores more deeply some practical guidelines for designing and creating effective multimedia learning materials which have become even more important during the era of remote and blended learning that we have been living through. We will also get hands-on to create an interactive tutorial screencast video on your WordPress website.

Week 3 Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how Multi-media Learning Theory can help us create more effective instructional videos and tutorials
  • Create and edit an instructional screen-captured video
  • Edit your screen-captured video by adding a title and credit graphics
  • Edit your video by cutting something out of the middle of it and adding a transition
  • Describe how you could incorporate screencasting or video to document your inquiry, document your reflections, or build out your edtech resource assignment
  • Describe how you could use screencasting or videos to help achieve the learning objectives for a class at the grade level you would like to teach at
  • Make a YouTube video (or video uploaded to your WordPress website) interactive using the open-source H5P tool


Please bring your laptop with you to class this week if at all possible so that you can learn to use the ScreenCast and Video Editing tools we will use this week on your own computer.

Listen to this excellent overview of Multimedia Design for Learning by my colleague Kevin Alexander (5 min)

The excellent video below by Dr. Ray Pastore video also provides several examples of how educators use multimedia well and not so well while reviewing several Multimedia Learning Principles. Please take care to note of the following while you watch the video (17 min):

  • Which multimedia principles did Dr. Ray Pastore not follow in his video about MML principles?
  • Please take notes of the key points of the video with pen and paper as you watch it.
  • Pausing the video can be helpful so that you don’t miss any key points as you make notes and related doodles or sketches.

Note: If you would like subtitles for the above video, please watch it on YouTube.

Watch his short overview video that demonstrates how to install the free Screencastify tool into either Chrome or Edge web browsers, and then the main features that make it a useful tool for teachers and professors alike! (2 min)

Class Time:

Flipping the Classroom

We’ll begin our face-to-face class time exploring Multimedia Learning Theory, instructional videos, screencasting, and flipped learning.

Hands-on Lab Time:

Now we will get hands-on and you will make your own Screencast tutorial, edit your screencast and then make your screencast interactive using the H5P plugin on your OpenEd.ca WordPress blog. Let’s dive in!

Step 1 – Screencast recording:

  • Note: You will need to use the Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge web browser as Screencastify is a Chrome plugin. If you don’t have one of these browsers, either talk to Rich about your options, or download and install either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge on your laptop.
  • Select a website or web game that you are familiar with that you can demonstrate how to use in your screencast tutorial. For example, I’m a UnSplash.com fan so I’d open up Unsplash in preparation for making a screencast of how to use it.
  • Work through this screencasting with ScreenCastify activity, and create a 1-2 minute tutorial video for how to use the website you chose to demonstrate (25 min)

Step 2 – Edit your Screencast:

  • I would like everyone to develop at least a basic competency in Video editing as video editing is an important tool for creating multimedia learning objects. Here is an example of the screencast style of video I would like you to create, using your own screencast recording, right after you finish watching it (2 min):
  • Edit the screencast video you just created using either the Mac or Windows tutorials depending on your laptop (please use the screencast video you just created and not the “miniature goat” video linked to in the tutorial).
  • Following the instructions in the tutorial, either upload your screencast video to YouTube (and then embed it in your Blog), or upload your video directly to your Blog. You will eventually include your video as part of your weekly reflection.

Step 3 – Make your Screencast Interactive with H5P:

  • Use the screencast tutorial video you just created, and use this H5P tutorial to turn it into an interactive on your blog: Interactive Videos with H5P (30 min)

Learning Pod Meeting:

Spend 5-10 minutes today with your learning pod members and discuss this week’s topic, and feel free to use the blog prompts in the homework section below to get your discussion going. If you’d like you can make some notes for your blog post during your discussion while your thoughts and ideas are fresh in your mind.

Here are some documents for your reference, and I hope that everyone is professional and kind as you provide feedback to your peers’ blog posts:


  1. Weekly blog post to document your learning in class and to document progress on your inquiries (incorporate audio, video, and screen video capture into your blog posts this week).
    • Review the 336 Blog Post Rubrics to make sure you’re including all the minimally required elements for your weekly blog posts.
    • Here is a sample high-quality weekly blog post on the topic and/or technology of the week.
    • Include your H5P tutorial video and then use two or more blog prompts that follow it:
      • Include the screencast tutorial video you created in your blog post, including H5P interactivity.
      • Reflections on whether you think including H5P tools would potentially be a useful tool at the grade level you hope to teach (or not).
      • Describe how you could use video or audio editing as the assignment medium for the subject and grade level you will be teaching (if at all), and what you could do to make the assignment as engaging as possible.
      • Describe how Multi-media Learning Theory can help us create more effective instructional videos and tutorials.
      • Describe what a flipped Flipped Classroom teaching model could look like at the grade level you’d like to teach along with some of the strengths and weaknesses of this approach for your grade level.
      • Use the category, “weekly-reflection“.
      • Share your post with your learning pod at your next meeting (usually at the end of class time).
  2. Weekly Free Inquiry blog post:
    • Document your free inquiry progress, reflecting on your progress, as well as identifying and evaluating helpful resources you found. Provide details on your learning progress (through success or failure).
    • Employ a multimedia strategy in your post to help document your inquiry by using text and one or more other media to help make it more engaging (e.g., image, screencast, video, or other formats).
    • Utilize social writing strategies such as hyperlinks to blog posts (e.g., trackbacks) or to articles/resources consulted, including web pages, images, videos, etc.
    • Use the category, “free-inquiry”.
    • Share your post with your learning pod at your next meeting (usually at the end of class time).
  3. If you haven’t already, please use PSII tools to start to plan your inquiry (and select a topic or two to choose from if you haven’t already)
  4. If you haven’t already, please Book a 1-1 Meeting with Rich to discuss your individual Free Inquiry and group Guided Assignments (see the Class Resources Post in the Brightspace announcements).

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