How can I add presentations to my course?

There are a lot of different ways that you can create presentations for your Thinkific course. The best option for you will really depend on what you're looking for in terms of student experience.

To help you decide, below we've included an overview of the main options...

1. Presentation lesson type

Thinkific has its own, built-in presentation creator that allows you to upload your Powerpoint and Keynote slides as a PDF file and then record audio over each slide.

In the course player one slide will be displayed to the student at a time with the audio auto-playing, and they can hit 'Next Slide' to navigate through the presentation (example here).

More information on the presentation lesson type can be found here.

2. Screen recording software

You can also create video presentations by recording your screen with the slides on it and your audio at the same time.

The difference with this in terms of student experience is that the student can simply watch your presentation as a video without needing to click through the slides, and any animations, etc. that you've added to your presentation will be in tact as opposed to the static slides of the presentation lesson type.

There are some excellent screen recording softwares out there that allow you to create and edit professional quality videos - e.g. check out Screenflow (Mac only) and Camtasia. There are also some free softwares for this too - e.g. did you know that Quicktime (which comes pre-installed on most Macs) includes screen recording functionality?

3. Interactive content

If you've created an interactive presentation that includes buttons, animations, quizzes, etc. then, provided that you have it hosted somewhere online, it can be included in your course using the multimedia lesson type.

Examples of this kind of content that we have customers on Thinkific using include lessons created on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, iSpring, Prezi, and more!

If you don't already have your content hosted online then we are able to host any content available in HTML5 format as part of the Business plan and above.

Got another kind of presentation content, and you'd like to know how it would work on Thinkific? Simply leave us a comment below :)


I teach the astonishingly useful Latin language, and I want to be able to reveal one line at a time (I'd really rather do one word at a time, but I believe that is not possible at this time). I can set up the PP animation to do this, with me clicking when I want to reveal another line. 

What keeps happening is that when I save the PP as a pdf and then upload it into a Presentation in Thinkific, the animation is not retained, and the whole page loads instead of just the first line. Is there a workaround?

Ideally, what I want to do is to reveal the first word in a sentence, talk about how that word would have come across to a Roman, then reveal the next word in the sentence, talk about how that word would have come across and how it would have started to expand or limit the possibilities of the meaning and use of the previous word, and then reveal the next word, and so on.

I could work around the limitation of having to reveal a whole line at once, if I did something like the following:


Thais habet

Thais habet nigros

Thais habet nigros niveos


but this isn't very elegant.

And I can't even get the program to do this.

Can what I want to do be done? On Thinkific?

Many thanks!

Hi Kay

In this case a Presentation Lesson may not be best as it will not provide the overall functionality you want. Instead you may want to look at using a Multimedia Lesson type that you can reference a URL for a published web page.

The idea being that you would use either Power Point or another platform to create the more design required content and then that would be hosted on a webserver. You would then reference that website or URL within the Multimedia Lesson.