Create Digital Content for the Classroom & Social Media

The online class, "Digital Media Skills for Beginners," shows you how to use free software like Audacity, MS PowerPoint, MS Paint, and Canva to produce creative visual content. Download the cheat sheets and templates to get started quickly. In addition to gaining new media skills, you will understand the overall process of developing and posting multimedia content for the classroom and social media. Perfect for teachers transitioning to other careers who need proof of training to expand their résumé.

As a result of taking this class, you will:
  • Learn to create images with familiar software.
  • Find free alternatives to major design software.
  • Create podcast audio for free.
  • Easily create social sharing and lecture videos.
  • Learn to create attractive YouTube thumbnail graphics
  • Learn new design skills with user-friendly software at an affordable price.
digital media skills online class

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Video: Class Overview

    • Video: Viewing Lessons

    • Video: Downloading Materials

    • Video: Installing Fonts

  • 2


    • Slides: Preparing to Podcast

    • Download: Podcast Materials

    • Audacity: Free Audio Software

    • Audacity: Record Podcast

    • Update: Free Music Website

    • Podomatic: Upload Podcast

    • YouTube: Get Free Music

    • Video: Add Free Music

  • 3


    • Video: Software Needed

    • Download: Software Needed

    • PowerPoint: Recording Videos

    • Update: Windows Movie Maker

    • Movie Maker: Editing Videos

    • Screencast Video: Camtasia

  • 4


    • Adding Images

    • Adding Slide Transitions

    • Adding Movement

    • Adding Music

    • Saving/Exporting Video

    • Demo: Final Slideshow

  • 5

    OpenShot Video Tutorial

    • Slide: Download OpenShot Video

    • Video: OpenShot Video Editor

  • 6


    • Slides: What You Need

    • Download: What You Need

    • PowerPoint: Creating Graphics

    • MS Paint: Editing Graphics

    • PowerPoint: Resize Images

    • Update: Pinterest Tutorial

    • PowerPoint: Pinterest Tutorial

    • Canva: Free Social Images Tutorial

  • 7


    • YouTube: What You Learn

    • Video: YouTube Tutorial

  • 8


    • Slides: GIFs What You Need

    • Download: GIFs What You Need

    • PowerPoint: GIF Tutorial

    • Part Two: GIF Tutorial

  • 9


    • Free PPT Templates

    • Free Photos

    • Free Music

    • Free Sounds

    • Free Fonts

    • PDF: Social Media Size Guide

    • PDF: Web Color Guide

    • PDF: Social Visuals Planner

    • PDF: Visual Content Tools

  • 10


    • Grammar Books

    • Proofreading Books

    • Your Certificate

    • Course Review

What's Inside

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment (no expiration for lifetime access). You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Video Lessons, Lecture Slides, PDF Handouts

  • One-time payment. Lifetime access.

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Easy Payment via PayPal or Stripe (which also includes Alipay, Bancontact, EPS, WeChat Pay, giropay, iDEAL, Multibanco, SOFORT, and P24).


  • Why should I take your classes?

    • Develop communication & media skills that people pay for on a regular basis.
    • Build your résumé with marketable skills and earn more money.
    • Learn new skills for career pivots or to start a home-based business.
    • Upgrade your writing skills to produce engaging media content.
  • Is there a time limit on enrollment?

    Most classes for individual users come with lifetime access. If not, please note the class duration and complete the course before the expiration date (if any).

  • Why are there no refunds?

    Our courses have taken copious amounts of time, soul energy, and personal finances to build. We are confident that all of our courses deliver the exact instruction you need to improve your writing skills. Please take our low-cost introductory class, "Grammar Essentials Jump-start" to get a good feel for the value you receive at such affordable prices. You will not be disappointed!

  • When will I receive my certificate?

    When you have completed all lessons and assignments, you will receive a certificate within 24-48 hours after you have finished the class, not to exceed 7 days later, depending on holidays and high enrollment volumes.

Your Instructor

Ashan R. Hampton

Instructor Bio

Ashan R. Hampton has worked as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She is a proud graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: