UNF Center for Instruction and Research Technology


Narrated Lectures

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This collection 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.

Technical Details

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. Laptop computers (with microphones and webcams), microphone headsets, and webcams are available for faculty to checkout from CIRT.

A Note About Accessibility

All visual media embedded in Canvas courses should be made accessible at the time of publication. 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. For further questions regarding accessibility, contact cirtlab@unf.edu.

CIRT Recommends

UNF faculty have access to several tools for creating narrated lectures. While there are many other options on the market with similar functionality, the highlighted options below have been approved to meet UNF’s security standards for external tools, and CIRT can offer additional technical and implementation support to faculty who use these tools within Canvas.

If you have any questions about how to integrate these tools into your course, please contact cirtlab@unf.edu.

Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio offers a screen capture feature that revolutionizes the creation of narrated lectures. With just a few clicks, instructors can effortlessly record their screen while providing voiceover commentary. This powerful tool enables them to demonstrate software, showcase online resources, or guide students through complex concepts, fostering an engaging and immersive learning experience.

TechSmith Camtasia

TechSmith Camtasia is a popular, proprietary screen recording and video editing software developed by TechSmith Corporation. It is widely used for creating professional-quality videos, tutorials, demonstrations, and presentations (CIRT uses it to make a lot of our walkthrough videos).

Camtasia is paid software, so instructors interested in using this tool should contact CIRT first before installing.

CIRT Testimonials
Canvas Studio has transformed the way I create narrated lectures. Its user-friendly interface and powerful features allowed me to seamlessly record, edit, and enhance my presentations. The ability to engage students with interactive elements has significantly improved learning outcomes. I highly recommend Canvas Studio for impactful and effective online instruction.
Katie Commissaris
Katie Commissaris
Knowledge Specialist
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Other Recommendations

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is available through the Office 365 apps that all faculty and students have access to. PowerPoint allows users to easily record narration for their presentations. By clicking on the "Record Slide Show" option, presenters can add their voiceovers, explanations, or descriptions to each slide. This feature provides a dynamic way to create informative presentations that can be shared and viewed by others.

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Keynote is a presentation software developed by Apple and comes included with most Apple devices. Similar to PowerPoint, users can record narration to accompany presentations, and then export the presentation as a video that can be uploaded to Canvas or shared with other users.

Refer to our support article Keynote / Narrated Presentations for instructions on creating a narrated presentation using Keynote.

Onsite Recording

In addition to the options listed above, the CIRT Video Studio is available for reservation. The CIRT Video Studio features professional-grade lighting, dedicated studio cameras, a teleprompter, and professional audio. The Creative Team has designed the video studio to be flexible and quickly configurable for faculty needs. Visit our Video Studio webpage to read more about it and book a reservation.