Skip to contentSkip to Main Site NavigationSkip to Site Left NavigationSkip to Site Utility NavigationSkip to Site SearchSkip to FooterDownload Adobe Reader
Teaching Online


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
Man Holding Books
  • 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

Man on Screen
  • 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
Puzzle Piece
  • 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
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

Last Updated: 08/23/2019
  • Grossmont
  • Cuyamaca
A Member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District