What is Camtasia?

Camtasia is multimedia editing software used to record onscreen activity, audio and web cam video and narrate existing PowerPoint presentations. Users can edit recordings, add imported media, create interactive content, and easily caption videos.

More than a simple screen recorder, Camtasia gives you the freedom to truly customize and edit your videos

How is Camtasia applied in learning environments?

Instructors can produce mini-lectures, tutorials, study guides, narrated PowerPoint presentations, overviews, and more. Files can be uploaded to an instructor's My Media area in D2L for sharing videos to students. To learn about more possibilities and applications as to how instructors are using Camtasia in learning environments, view our information sheet: 7 Things You Need to Know about Recorded Camtasia Lectures.

What do students think of it?

A number of UW-Stout instructors and Learning Technology Services (LTS) conducted a pilot study of students whose instructors were using recorded mini-lectures in their courses. Student reactions were collected via an anonymous survey delivered via Qualtrics. The instructors who participated in the study had to meet certain requirements for participation:

  • Videos could not be longer than 15 minutes, and instructors were encouraged to keep them to 10 minutes or less.
  • While instructors could show their video or a picture at the beginning of each lecture, they could not have a "talking head" running for the entire length of a video.
  • Videos had to be spaced evenly throughout the duration of the course, so not all videos were shown at the beginning or end of the course.
  • It was strongly encouraged that videos be captioned.
  • Instructors got IRB approval to collect survey responses from the students and most were assisted by LTS in this process.
  • Instructors agreed to share their results with LTS and have their results published.
After the pilot study, some changes were made to the survey instrument and a formal study was conducted.

Is Camtasia supported by UW-Stout?

Yes! We offer training sessions, tutorials, and some technical support.


Camtasia is free for use in our Multimedia studio in Millennium 322. Otherwise, individual licenses need to be purchased. Techsmith, the creator of Camtasia offers discounts for educational use licenses.

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Contact Rich Berg for personalized training or to reserve our Multimedia studio for Camtasia recording. 


Using Camtasia Studio

What Can You Do with Camtasia?

Making Mini-Lectures in Camtasia

Preferred Practices for Creating Mini-Lectures in Camtasia


Recording Chunked Lectures in Camtasia by Dr. Ann Brand

Instructor Examples

Titration Curves by Dr. John S. Kirk

Relearning by Dr. Ann Brand 

Conservative Forces vs. Non-conservative Forces by Dr. Todd Zimmerman

Organizational Change by Dr. Amy Zimmerman


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Required Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Benefits: Easy to learn. Powerful editing tools, features.
Challenges: May require some training for beginners.

What Instructors Are Saying

Yes, the lectures improve student learning. I see it in the breadth and depth of their discussion board posts and their ability to apply the material in other written assignments.

~ Dr. Ann Brand, SOE Instruction

What Students Are Saying

I really liked the lectures that he posted online! They were informative and would help clarify parts of the chapter I had already read. Keep it up . . . I thought it was very helpful.

~ Chem 331 Student

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