Instructional Objects Creation Guide

by IOWG, Erik Davis Fausak, Melinda M. Livas – July 31, 2020



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Instructional Objects Working Group

In this Guide:

Two types of Instructional Objects are:

  • Static instructional objects- are text and image tutorials.
  • Dynamic instructional objects- offer audio or video directions.


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Static Object Tools:

Canva – graphic design software for infographs, posters, flyers and many other static and partially dynamic options that includes a number of graphics and templates that can be incorporated.  Allows for a great deal of branding (the image above was created in Canva).

Jing – allows the user to take screenshots.  From the producers of Camtasia video creation and editing software. – a flowchart creation software that can be integrated into Google Drive and Google Docs.

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Dynamic Object Tools:

Screencast-O-Matic – free and pro subscription tool for screen recording.

Jing – screen recording tool made by the creators of Camtasia.

Quicktime – Mac native tool that allows screen recording.

Captivate – Adobe tool for creating screen casts and more interactive content.

Zoom – Remote meeting software that is dynamic and allows sessions to be recorded.



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Editing Dynamic Content:

AggieVideo (Kaltura) – Videos when uploaded can be edited (to a small degree) and captions ordered and edited.

iMovie – Mac native tool for editing video content with images and video.  Audio content can be added.

OpenShot – Windows and Linux compatible version designed to be like iMovie.

Animoto – allows video and images to be incorporated into a smooth video format, a lot of access to templates, graphics, and music.

VideoPad – Free version for non-commercial use.


PlayPosit – allows any Kaltura or YouTube video to be imported and interactive questions to be placed into that content.  Integrates with Canvas. If you are going to request for Canvas, make sure to submit to ATS to activate the course for Playposit:



Bringing from your old course into your new course

Qualtrics – Survey software that can be used in assessment.

Captivate – Has assessment features that can be built in HTML 5 format.

Canvas – has assignment and quiz features if invited into the course.





UCD Library PowerPoint Template


Toolkit-Free / Low Cost Tools-Create Instructional Objects

Utilizing functionality of Adobe Captivate:

-screen recording

-interactive modules

-assessment tools

-HTML5 compatibility so it stands by itself without LMS environment

-LMS compatibility via SCORM


Interested in LinkedIn/Lynda training?

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