Jing is a piece of software that can be used to create a podcast of what you see and do on your computer screen, and the sound picked up through your computer microphone. The software is free to download and allows you to create 5 minute screen recordings with or without audio and then enables you to save it to your own computer or upload it to you personal free Screencast.com account.

For the purpose of the BIOL21291 Human Anatomy & Histology eLearning work you will produce a podcast/voice-over-PowerPoint presentation lasting up to 5 minutes of your PowerPoint presentation with audio. You will then save this video to your computer and your Screencast account, and submit it as a group assignment piece in Blackboard. This presentation will then be used as part of a peer-review task.

Quick instructions

  1. Download and install Jing onto your own computer
  2. Create a screencast account
  3. Change your computer screen resolution to 600 x 800
  4. Record your Jing video with voice over (full screen recording of PowerPoint)
  5. Listen to your recording, if the quality is poor, redo it.
  6. Save your video to your computer and save a copy to your Screencast account
  7. Upload your .swf video to your Blackboard group assignment page “Debate video upload” and include the link to your Screencast back up version of your video


Full instructions

You will need to use a microphone to provide the voice over, therefore you will not be able to use a University cluster PC. Ideally you will use a personal computer belonging to a member of your group. If you do not have a microphone, one is available to hire for 24 hours only from the eLearning team, you will need to book this early as other groups may also be looking to use it. If it is not possible to use the personal computer/laptop of anyone in your group, you can contact the eLearning team (using the eLearning enquiry link in the left hand menu of the Blackboard course) to request a recording slot using a PC and microphone in the eLearning office. This slot will be 15 minutes, therefore you will not get chance to keep redoing the recording if you are not happy with it. As such this option should only be used if no one in your team has a suitable computer to use.

Once you have created your presentation download the Jing software from here http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/default.asp (the software is available for PC or Mac) and install it.

Once you have Jing installed it will offer to show you a tutorial video, the video it shows you is not very relevant to what you are going to do, so you can just ignore this and sign up for an account (this is a Screencast.com account, it is free and will give you space to share your videos if you use this software for anything else). You will use your Screencast account for BIOL21291.

Once you have created your account Jing should automatically run. If at any point you close Jing and want to come back to it again, you will find it in your programs under TechSmith. Whilst Jing is running you will see the ‘Jing sun’ at the top of your screen. If you hover over it you will get 3 options: capture, history, more.

You are now almost ready to record your presentation.

It is important that your video can be viewed on the screen of any computer available to your fellow students, therefore in order that no one is put at a disadvantage when viewing the videos, you need to make sure it will fit on the lowest resolution screen (800×600) without scrolling around your video. As computer screens come in a variety of resolutions, and the video you create will need to be the full PowerPoint presentation (these always play at full screen) you will need to change the resolution of your screen to 800 x 600.

For a PC, right click on your desktop and click Properties > settings (windows XP) or screen resolution (windows 7) and change the screen resolution to 800 x 600. On a Mac, click on the Apple (top left hand corner of your screen) > click system preferences > displays, change resolution.

Once your resolution is changed, open up PowerPoint and prepare your presentation so that you can just click the play presentation button, but don’t click it yet.

You now need to start using Jing. Take a look at this video to find out how to select your capture area. You will need to capture your full screen due to PowerPoint presentation playing full screen.

Take a look at this video to find out how to record your presentation. You can stop viewing at 1min 10sec as the remaining video is not relevant to the debate recordings.

Once you press record, you can run your PowerPoint presentation and start your presentation. Remember you only have 5 minutes, Jing will automatically stop recording at 5 minutes. there will be a time on the Jing bar so you can see how you are doing.

Once you have your debate recorded press stop and label your presentation with your Group numberName file/name and your topic title. You now need to save your recording. Press the save button and save it to your computer. It will save as a .swf file. Ensure you keep a copy of this on your computer until the end of the academic year in case of any issues (it would be a good idea to keep this on your University ‘My document’ area too so that it does not get lost). You should also save it to your Screencast account, but you must not give the link out to anyone, other than including it with your submission (see below).

Make sure that you listen to your recording and ensure that the sound quality is good. If the sound quality is poor, you may need to borrow a microphone off the eLearning team, or you may need to adjust your microphone recording volume on your computer.

You then need to go into the BIOL21291 Blackboard course and upload this file in Assessments > Node 3 > Submit presentation area for your group. Only 1 member of the group needs to do this. In your submission you should also include the Screencast link.

All videos will then be made available in the Node 3 area on the indicated date for peer review.

If you have any problems, please contact the eLearning team using the eLearning support link from the left hand menu of the Blackboard course. Remember that it may take up to 1 full working day for you to get a response, so don’t leave your work until the last minute.

There are plenty of Jing tutorial available here if you wish to view them: http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-jing.html

BIOL21291 Jing Recording