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Teaching Tools: Course Content

Course Content tools are used in creating and distributing online course materials. Follow the Learn more… links to find more information including tool instructional uses, examples, how to get started, and additional resources. Interested in online lectures? Review and compare methods of Creating Online Lectures.


Audacity is a free application that can be used to record and edit audio.
Learn more about Audacity

Camtasia (TechSmith)

Camtasia is screen recording and editing software that you can use to create instructional video that includes digital recording of actions on a computer screen, presentation slides, graphics, audio, and video clips.
Learn more about Camtasia

Canvas (Instructure)/Online@UT

Canvas is the online learning management system at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Online@UT is the university-branded name.
Learn more about Canvas/Online@UT

GarageBand (Apple)

GarageBand is a Mac application that allows you to record your voice; add sound effects, music, and images to accompany your recording; and save your work as a digital media file.
Learn more about GarageBand

iMovie (Apple)

iMovie is a Mac application that allows you to create videos.
Learn more about iMovie

iTunes U (Apple)

iTunes U is an application that allows you to host and manage podcasts, i.e. audio and video files that contain presentations, lectures, and other course materials.
Learn more about iTunes U

Microsoft Teams for Education

One Team type that you can select to assist you in managing a class is simply called “Class.” This team type will help you run classes and meetings, share files, manage assignments, and assign students to work groups.
Learn more about Microsoft Teams for Education

Microsoft 365 at UT

Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based Office suite, which includes online versions of popular Microsoft products, like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and new apps like Planner or Sway. Microsoft 365 allows for anytime, anywhere access to these apps through your browser or mobile device.
Learn more about Microsoft 365

OneDrive for Business (Microsoft 365)

OneDrive for Business is a place where you can store, sync, and share your files in a collaborative environment.
Learn more about OneDrive for Business

PowerPoint (Microsoft) with Voiceover

PowerPoint with voiceover is recorded voice narration that accompanies an online presentation and supplements slides with additional information, such as definitions, facts, and examples.
Learn more about PowerPoint with Voiceover

Studio (Canvas)

Canvas Studio is an interactive video platform from the makers of Canvas. It allows students and instructors to upload their own videos to Canvas. Users can then engage with the video content by commenting directly on the video timeline.
Learn more about Studio

YouTube (Google)

YouTube is a video-sharing website, where users can upload, view, and share video and audio content. YouTube is primarily used by individuals to share user-generated video content, although recently news outlets and universities have started utilizing YouTube to deliver content as well.
Learn more about YouTube


Zoom is a web-based conferencing software that allows faculty, students, and staff to have interaction in real time from their computers and mobile devices. LiveOnline@UT is the university-branded name.
Learn more about LiveOnline@UT (Zoom)