eLearning Lessons in Google Docs

How To Add Your Content

Make a copy of the Template

Your first step is to make a copy of the eLearning Lesson Template in Google Docs. Just follow the link below. Then:

  • Click FILE > MAKE A COPY
  • Change the name to the title of your lesson
  • Click OK

Google Docs - Make a copy


  • Replace template text [in brackets] with your own text.
  • Fill in other text.
Adding & Replacing Text

Files (PDF, Audio MP3, PPT, etc.)

To include files in your lesson, you'll need to:

  • upload them into Google Drive
  • make sure the share settings are set to "anyone with the link" and giving the permission the students need to have (view, comment, edit)
  • copy the share link and add it as a link in your lesson

This is demonstrated in the Adding Links video below.


  1. Click where you want the link or highlight the text that you want to link.
  2. Click Insert > Link.
  3. In the "Text" field, type or paste the text you want to be linked.
  4. In the "Link" field, enter a URL or email address or search for a website.
  5. Click Apply.
Inerting Links (Google Docs)


Inserting Images (Google Docs)


You cannot embed videos within a Google Doc. Instead, you'll need to link to the video stored somewhere online (YouTube is recommended). Open the video in your web browser and copy the URL. Then follow the instructions above for inserting a link.


If you are doing a video recording, I highly recommend that you upload it to your YouTube account. This will make is accessible on any device. It will save you some frustrations if you sign in to your account and set up your channel first.

  1. Sign into YouTube with your school Google account
  2. Click upload
  3. When prompted, create your "channel"
  4. You will now be able to upload video files, from your computer or directly from programs like Screencast-O-Matic, to your YouTube channel.
Recording Your Own Video/Screencast

There are many tools available for video recording. If you're already comfortable with something, use it! If this is new to you, I recommend Screencast-O-Matic. It's free and relatively easy. Watch this video to learn the basics. Then follow the steps to upload your video to YouTube and find the URL to include it in your lesson.

Screencast-O-Matic Tutorial


These resources will help you if you are choosing to do an audio recording for your personal connection piece, or if you just want to include an audio explanation for students.

You won't be able to directly insert an audio file in Docs. The steps (demonstrated in the video below) are:

  1. Use Online Voice Recorder to make your audio recording.
  2. Save it to your computer.
  3. Upload it to Google Drive.
  4. Adjust the share settings so that anyone with the link can view.
  5. Place the link to your recording file in your lesson.

Recording & Inserting An Audio File (Google Docs)

Getting the Share Link to Your Lesson

Getting The Share Link & Submitting (Google Docs)

Need Help?

Contact me if you need to know how to add content not listed here, or if you have any questions or problems as you build your eLearning lesson!

The full Google Docs Course is also available to help you learn more about using Google Slides. Go get your badge! Once you've built this lesson and used it with students, you'll have earned it!