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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 lecture capture tools, such as Zoom, Panopto, and Canvas Studio? Review Which Lecture Capture Tool Is Right for You?


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 at Online@UT (Canvas) Resources for Faculty.

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.

Google for Education

Google for Education provides faculty, staff, and students access to many of the Google applications and services.
Learn more about Google for Education.

iMovie (Apple)

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

Microsoft 365 for Education

Microsoft 365 for Education provides staff, faculty, and students with email, online document editing and storage, access to the Office Web Apps, and Office 365 ProPlus which includes Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac at no additional cost.
Learn more about Microsoft 365.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be a good choice for creating a simple online lecture. It allows you to provide information in addition to the visuals on the slides, such as voice explanations of a graphic, definitions, facts, and examples. You can easily create a narrated slide presentation with a video of yourself using the recording feature in PowerPoint.
Learn more about creating lectures with Microsoft PowerPoint.


Panopto is a cloud-based service that allows users to record, share, review, and edit video captures from their desktop, laptop, and mobile phones.
Learn more about Panopto.

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.


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).