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Changes often force us to adapt in ways we’ve never experienced, which can be a major driver of personal (and even professional) growth and development.


Screencast-O-Matic (SOM) is an easy-to-use video and screen recording web application for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks that enables you to capture what is being displayed on your computer screen along with audio and optional webcam.


Cal Poly’s license to SOM comes with full editing functionality and automatic/editable captions. Once created, videos can easily be accessed by students via a shared link. If you save the recording to the SOM server, you can easily embed the video directly into your Canvas course.

Faculty who create SOM content have generous allocations of storage for those files on the SOM cloud. SOM will generate a transcript/caption for each file that will greatly enhance accessibility for your students. You can embed SOM videos in your Canvas course.

NOTE: Screencast-o-Matic plugin does not work in Safari browser. Try Chrome or Firefox. 

Embedding a Screencast-O-Matic Video

After you have already created the video (link above), you can embed it into your Canvas course.

  1. You will need to Log into Screencast-O-Matic first via our Cal Poly address
  2. While creating content - in the Text on the Plug icon.
  3. Click on the View All button. 
  4. Scroll down and click on the Screencast-O-Matic link.
  5. Since you are already logged in (step 1), pick the video you want to add.
    SOM pick
  6. Click on the Embed button.
  7. Save the Page.

NOTE: The SOM button will now appear in the Plug list.
Plug list

Go to the CTLT page to learn more about Screencast-O-Matic.


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