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You may already provide students with your static PowerPoint presentations in the File section of your course. To make this content more engaging, you could take that same PowerPoint file and narrate the slides. It may be best to break up long slide decks into smaller files so you have shorter videos that are no longer than 10 minutes.

To add recordings to each slide (1) click the Slideshow tab. Select Record Slide Show. Select the desired option and start recording. If you record each slide separately and you mess up on a slide,  just start over recording the audio for that slide. Continue this process until all your slides have an audio file. Be sure to save often. (2) You can test your timings by clicking Rehearse Timings

Slide Show Tab in PowerPoint

Once finished, then you could convert the PowerPoint to a video file and upload it Canvas. In PowerPoint click File to view the Backstage. (1) Click Export. (2) On the Export screen select Create Video. (3) Choose Internet Quality and Use Recorded Timings and Narration. (4) Click Create Video. The process of creating the video will take some time so be patient as PowerPoint creates your file. Once your file is created, use the media comment tool in the rich content editor to upload the video to your Canvas course. Don't forget to caption your video once you have upload it to Canvas. 

PowerPoint Backstage 

Multimedia is great way to provide students with additional modalities. Below are some of the ways you can get audio/visual content in your course. It is important to note that content should be optimized for the web before adding it your course and be sure to add captions to the videos you add to your course. 

Use Canvas Rich Content Editor

If your computer (at home) has webcam, you can quickly record audio or video directly in Canvas using the media comment tool in Canvas pages. 

How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor as an instructor?  

How do I record audio using the Rich Content Editor?  

What should I do if I can't record video comments with my webcam?  

Don't Forget to Caption Your Video!

How do I add captions to an external video as an instructor? 

How do I add captions to new or uploaded videos in Canvas as an instructor? 

How do I create a caption file using the subtitle creation tool as an instructor? 

How do I view captions in a video as an instructor? 

Other Options

Your phone/tablet

If you have a smartphone, you have a camera that records static images and video. Most phones have additional features such as portrait mode, slow-motion, and photo editing features. Use a cloud based option like Dropbox and OneDrive to upload your videos to your desktop. 

This CNET video gives some good tips about shooting video with your phone. 


Keith Hughes using his YouTube channel  as a place to upload and organize his videos. In the video below he explains his process of recording lecture videos. Be sure to check out some of his awesome history lectures! YouTube videos are easy to embed in Canvas. Check out this guide for details. 

Other Software Options

PowerPoint/Mix - PowerPoint ships with narration tools and the ability to save the presentation in video format. You can also install Mix to gain even more recording features.

SnagIt - This software allows to you capture screen shots of the computer desktop. You can annotate the images with arrows and other interesting stamps.

Camtasia- This software allows to you capture video of the computer desktop. You can annotate the video with call-outs and captions.

SmartBoard Software - SmartBoard is hardware/software solution. The Smartboard software has screen capture and video recording options.

Educreations- This is third party application that can be integrated with Canvas. The free version can be used to record yourself writing out problems with stylus on an iPad.

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