A couple years ago, Mashable posted this really great article about freelancers parlaying their screencasts into a marketing tool.

That really resonated with me, and here’s why: Articulate launched Screenr the year before, and since that time I’d seen some of our community members post screencasts showcasing their expertise which led to great freelance gigs.

So it’s highly likely that I’ve shared this article with you if you've ever posted a note asking how to build expertise or find side work.

While many of you have figured out the blogging angle, screencasting is a skill a lot of course designers aren't quite comfortable with yet. But looking at Lynda.com and Khan Academy, you know this is becoming an essential skill for our industry.

Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to record a screencast or software simulation. You can choose any type of topic that interests you.

For example,  you can show us your favorite PowerPoint or Storyline tips. Or, to take things in a different direction, use screencasting to highlight an e-learning project you completed or walk us through some script edits you made to an e-learning storyboard.

Tools

You can use Articulate Storyline, Screenr, or Replay to record your screencasts. And any other tools you want—we really just want to see your examples.

Resources

Last week’s characters in e-learning challenge

E-learning designers have a lot of character and you showed a lot of creative faces over the past week. Before you screencast this week’s blockbuster training movies, check out the trailers from last week’s e-learning character challenge:

Note:

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. We’ll feature your work and provide feedback if you request it.

Hope your week is screencastic, E-Learning Heroes!

Even if you’re using a trial version of Studio ’13 or Storyline, you can absolutely publish your challenge files. Just sign up for a fully functional, free trial, and have at it. And remember to post your questions and comments in the forums; we're here to help. For more e-learning tips, examples, and downloads, follow us on Twitter.

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Michele Wiedemer