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Narrated Lectures 

This page describes options for creating narrated lectures. Please review the Instructional Design Team’s Best Practices for Narrated Lectures page for recommendations on how to create high quality narrated presentations. 

Hardware Requirements 

To create narrated presentations you will need a computer with a microphone. If you would like to include video of yourself as well as audio you will need a computer with a webcam.

Solutions for Creating Narrated Lectures 




Getting Started

Canvas Studio

(formerly Arc)

(recommended solution)

Canvas' built in screen recording tool to narrate your lectures

Platform: Windows and Mac

Add to Canvas: Using the Canvas Studio tools

Directions for creating narrated lectures with

Canvas Studio - Windows


Directions for creating narrated lectures with Canvas Studio - Mac


(recommended for previously narrated PowerPoint files)

Office365 is a cloud based platform that allows you to store and access files from anywhere. It allows users to create and edit files using lightweight, web browser-based versions of Microsoft Office apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.


Platform: Windows and Mac


Add to Canvas: Using Office365 integration.

Using Office365 for Narrated PowerPoints

Online Learning Laboratory (OLL)

The OLL serves as a space for faculty to create online instructional materials and experiment with the latest tools and technologies. The room's capture system can record presenter audio, video, content, and annotations. The recorded presentations are saved to a personal thumb drive and are ready to be posted to a Canvas Course.


Platform: In Person at CIRT


Add to Canvas: Save the lecture video and add it to Canvas

Directions for using the Online Learning Laboratory


Keynote is a software developed by Apple for creating presentations that has a narration feature. A narrated Keynote presentation can be exported as a QuickTime movie and added to Canvas using Arc.


Platform: Mac


Add to Canvas: Arc

Directions for creating a narrated lecture with Keynote

CIRT uses a third-party service to provide captions and transcripts for narrated lectures. Instructors that have already recorded videos that need to be made more accessible can complete the Transcript Request Intake Form.