Instructional Design Resources

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We have worked with faculty to develop a number of tip sheets, templates and how-to guides which reflect best practices for online, hybrid and technology-enhanced course design and Universal Design for Learning. We encourage you to try these out. If you have any questions or would like to do a deeper dive, schedule a 1:1 consultation with your School’s Instructional Designer.

Course Design Tip Sheets, Templates and How-To Guides

Course Development Overview

Comprehensive Product How-Tos (Includes all How-To Guides listed below)

Editorial Guidelines

Image guidelines (graphs, charts, and diagrams)

Creating Accessible Content in Canvas Pages

Course Templates

Syllabus Template

Course Schedule Templates (3 options)


Camtasia is a tool to record on-screen activity, edit and enhance your content, and share in high-quality to USF students anywhere.

Camtasia How-To (lynda)

Camtasia How-To (PC)

Camtasia How-To (MAC)


The following guidelines offer assistance in using Ensemble to enable media management and publishing in Canvas.

Embedding Ensemble Videos in Canvas How-To Guide

Ensemble Media Upload

Ensemble Bulk Upload Guide

Microsoft Word

Use the following Word template and guide to build in accessibility in your Word documents.

Accessible Microsoft Word 2011 Template

Accessible Microsoft Word 2011 (for Mac) How-To Guide

Microsoft PowerPoint

Use the following PowerPoint template and guide to build in accessibility in your PowerPoint presentations.

Accessible Powerpoint Template

PPT How-To Guide

How To Convert PowerPoints to Movies

Video Recording

Follow these guidelines to create self-recorded  or studio-recorded content such as lectures, video introductions or slide presentations with audio or video for your course.

Self-Recording Tips

Studio-Recording Tips

Transcripts and Closed Captioning

When creating transcripts for your videos, audio recordings or presentations, please review the following resources for guidance.

Transcript Development Tips

Closed Captioning How-To Guide (Coming Soon)