Even though online can sometimes make the instructor seem invisible and more of a proctor than a teacher, students still expect the instructor to contribute something beyond the textbook. So, what is content and how do you get it onto your site?


Your Lectures and Handouts
  • Add graphics to your lecture notes and add more white space for on-screen clarity
  • Don't use underlining (since these usually designate links online) and do not use more than two font types for readability
  • Use separate pages rather than one "long scroll" page
  • You might just convert your PowerPoint presentation to html or pdf (standard ppt also works)
  • Add narration to provide the lecture component
  • Make sure file sizes are small for browser efficiency
Video Lectures and more

  • Keep video brief (5 minutes recommended)
  • Record yourself presenting material, reading summaries of main points, providing a unit overview, etc.
  • Record video interviews, simulations, examples, demos, your own "news" footage
  • Capture a narrated demonstration on your computer with a screen capture program - see Programs
  • Videos can be uploaded to YouTube and embedded on your Canvas page
Extra Publisher Content


  • Content can include video, glossaries, exercises based on content, simulations, quizzes, and more
  • Comes either as a bundle with your textbook or as standalone
  • Use online textbook "companion sites"
  • Some publishers provide Canvas add-ons (LTI's) that fully integrate with Canvas
  • Be sure that publisher materials are accessible
Online Content Sites
  • New sites are being created that specialize in supplying online content (links, videos on demand, MP3s, even animations)
  • See Useful Resources for listings
Web Links
  • Great sources available (check your textbook companion sites or Useful Resources on this site)
  • Always check for the validity of links before your course begins each semester
  • But, make sure the sites have easy navigation and not too many popups or ads - check for a credible source or author
Library Resources
  • Use YouTube (or other) videos for critical thinking, application or for parts of other exercises
  • Create and post your own videos to YouTube
  • Remember to always include bullets with learning objectives and instructions for each of these content areas in your course.

  • Video must be captioned for accessibility