CHADRON – A PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Laura Gaudet, Chadron State College counseling and psychology professor and department chair, was included in the Singapore Conference on Applied Psychology program in mid-June. This virtual presence was the fourth time she represented CSC at an international applied psychology conference in two years.
In her presentation, “The Use of Screencast Videos as an Effect Educational Tool in Graduate Online Counseling Courses in the United States,” Gaudet explained how she has used screencast, a small video embedded into her online assignments, to assist graduate counseling students.
The videos, posted on the CSC learning management system called Sakai, are useful for both initial learning and subsequent review, Gaudet said. During a screencast video, she can talk about key content in an assignment, provide website tours and also highlight links, rubrics and archived materials.
“Screencast videos have assisted school counseling students as they developed curriculum plans for elementary and secondary students. I have also found the use of screencast videos has deepened the awareness of graduate counseling students as they prepared to interview a person from a diverse cultural group for a multicultural course and created a culminating case management practice file for a drug and alcohol licensure course,” Gaudet said.
After using screencast videos for a year, Gaudet’s evaluation of the technique determined an increased level of students’ understanding of the assignment and grading rubric, decreased number of questions and requests for help and substantially increased quality, value and worth of student submissions, based on both her standards and the students’ self-assessments.
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