Templates & How-To Guides

The following templates and how-to guides have been developed by the Digital Education team to assist faculty in creating their own course content. All templates have accessible design embedded in the document and the companion how-to guide includes information regarding how to preserve the accessibility features in the template.

If you have any questions or experience any issues using these resources, please contact your Instructional Designer.


Delivering exceptional courses is much easier when you make use of the various guidelines and templates provided by Digital Education (DE) and CIT. After a brief overview of the course development process, this section introduces the available DE guidelines and CIT resources.

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 appropriate template below to create your presentations. The templates incorporate accessibility features to help students with disabilities.

Accessible Powerpoint Template

PPT Template (MSFA)

PPT Template (SONHP)

PPT Template (Tax LLM)

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)

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