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This image is the Lessons Tab page title bar. Like all title bars of the Faculty and Staff Support site, it is black and shows a picture of an instructor assisting a student.

Lessons Tab

(Populi Resources)

About this Page

The Lessons tab may be the most utilized tab by both faculty and students.  This tab is the "hub" of a course. For the most part, lessons have already been created and made accessible.  However, HBFGSAS always wants your course to feel natural to you.  Sometimes, this means you’ll need to make minor changes. 

On this page, you'll learn how to:

  • make edits/altering content, add elements, add an assignment or discussion in lessons

  • create video lectures

Before moving forward, please review the Guide-Populi Effective Practices for this tab.

Lesson Content Tutorials

There may be times where you will need to make minor edits to a lesson. Minor edits may include correcting typos, adding a text, updating a video, etc.  If you have major edits to a lesson, such as adding, changing, or deleting assignments or changing the aesthetics of the lesson design, please contact the instructional designer before making those chante. These changes affect the alignment, consistency, and accessibility of the course.

Creating Narrated Lectures

Most instructors use a very powerful and expensive software called Camtasia.  If you have access to Camtasia, you can use the Camtasia tutorials on the technology site to become a Camtasia expert.  

Access the Camtasia page for more tutorials.


New instructors and adjuncts will not have access to this software. There are a couple other options that we can use. 


VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that will allow you to upload your PowerPoint presentation, create voice narration, and allow others to add narration to create a collaborative project if so desired. Because VoiceThread is a cloud-based application, you don’t need to download software.  All you need to do is log-in to your account. 

Access the VoiceThread page for more tutorials.


PowerPoint can be an extremely effective tool when presenting information.  You can add narration to the PowerPoint and upload the presentation in your course.  

Access the PowerPoint page for more tutorials. 


Some previous developers use Screencast-O-Matic, which is a free application.  Screencast-O-Matic can capture your PowerPoint and your webcam while you narrate.  It may be a good alternative.  I think it is a free or low-cost option. Utilize the video tutorial below for assistance.

Creating Personable Recordings

There may be times where you’ll want to create a video for students.  If you want to use a visual as you lecture, you can use VoiceThread, Camtasia, or Screencast-O-Matic.  However, if you want to do a simple video of yourself so that you can give a personable weekly greeting or assignment feedback, then you may just want to record yourself with no lecture materials.

There are many different ways to record and share a recording.  The guide below explains how to upload assignment feedback in video form directly into Populi and how to share a Video link in the Bulletin Board area of your course. 

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