Camtasia is a video creation and editiing tool available on-campus that will allow you to create small lectures using your video, powerpoint or simply a screencast of your content.

What Are Micro-Lectures?
Micro-Lectures are videos that focus on a specific concept or skill. The technique works well across all disciplines, allowing students to access instruction covering a specific topic without wading through a long presentation. Students may return to a Micro-Lecture any number of times to hear and see what they need most.

 Recent Micro-Lectures created by your Queensborough Colleagues

Professor Tina Bayer
Cardiogenic Shock and Cardiac Arrest

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Social Sciences
Sociology  - Systematic Study of Society

Matthew_LauProfessor Matthew Lau
Listening to Music in Movies - Apocalypse Now

 Best Practices

  • Create the micro-lecture as a short video and host it on the College Media server or YouTube.
  • Structure the micro-lecture carefully. Create context by preparing a 15-30 second introduction and a short summary or conclusion.
  • Include an activity or written assignment as a follow-up – i.e. require students to apply the learning from the micro-lecture. Students often overestimate their understanding and need concrete feedback to determine whether they have adequately learned the material.
  • Embed or Link the micro-lectures into your Blackboard course. Students are more likely to use micro-lectures and complete assignments if they are required and contribute to their grade.
  • Construct a related quiz for content material in Blackboard that provides immediate feedback to students about the quality of their learning without increasing your grading burden during the term.

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You can use micro-lectures to:

  • Provide an introduction or overview of a course.
  • Provide an overview for a particular concept or small group of related concepts.
  • Demonstrate a single problem-solving procedure or technique (e.g., solving a particular type of problem in physics, chemistry, statistics, algebra, etc.)
  • Provide step-by-step instructions and demonstrate completion of a task or laboratory procedure.
  • FLIP your Classroom: Assign the viewing and note taking of the video as homework, then: start a Blackboard Discussion Forum in which students are required to participate; hold a discussion session at the next class meeting; hold in-class group sessions where students discuss the topic and present their conclusions.



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Getting Started
01: Prepare, Script, Audio
02: Record Your Screen
03: Saving Files and Project Management
04: Explore the Editor
05: Apply SmartFocus to Zoom and Pant
06: Cut Unwanted Media on the Timeline
07: Add a Callout to Direct Viewers' Attention
08: Visual Properties
09: Produce and Share Your Video

Canvas: In-Depth
Timeline: In-Depth
Editing: In-Depth
Animations: In-Depth
Introduction to Grouping
Introduction to Markers
Using Crop Mode
Remove a Color (Green Screen)
Stitching Essentials
Editing Dimensions Basics

Audio Basics
Cleaning Up Mistakes
Working with Music


Speech to Text
Sync with Script
Add Captions Manually
Import and Export
Make Videos Searchable

Introduction to Quizzing - Engage Your Viewers
Receiving Quiz Results via Email
SCORM Content Packages
Quizzing - A Sample

Other Concepts
Creating a Camtasia movie using Powerpoint and Audacity files
Zooming: Quality Concepts
Custom Production Settings
Connecting Your Mobile Device
TechSmith Smart Player: What You Should Know
Creating Mobile Content with Windows Devices
TechSmith Relay and Camtasia Studio 8 Integration

Frequently Asked Questions Faculty

  • If you would like to receive a free copy of the Camtasia software. Please click on the link at the end of this to sentenc to complete and submit the Request Form
  • If you would like to learn to use camtasia please view the tutorials or sign up for one of our training workshops.  

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