Panopto experimentation

Today we ran a session on Panopto experimentation.

We’ve had Panopto at the RAU for a couple of years now but haven’t been using it in earnest. For those who are unfamiliar with it: Panopto is a video content management system for uploading, managing and sharing video and audio files. It is a centralised, secure place for recorded lectures, flipped classroom videos, campus events, and more. It comes with built-in video analytics, a web-based video editor, automatic encoding to ensure videos play efficiently on any device, and a search engine. At RAU the Panopto authentication runs through Gateway – our moodle Virtual Learning Environment. Every course page has an associated Panopto folder.


Previously Panopto was introduced to our academics as a lecture capture system. However this lecture capture wasn’t fully supported with training, needed to be led by the academics and  was run solely through laptops – there has been no installation of Panopto cameras in rooms. Needless to say the academics weren’t that keen and so relatively little video has been created apart from on some of our distance learning courses.

Panopto recording

The task now is to convince people that Panopto’s use extends way beyond lecture capture. There are still a few technological hurdles to jump (updates, upgrades and authentication) but once they are jumped the possibilities are endless.

During the experimentation session we started to think about some of the following uses:

  • a video of an assignment brief
  • an ‘introduction to the module’ video
  • an instructional video demonstrating a task
  • a talking head video when you are out on site somewhere
  • a video quiz on site – video an area then ask students to point out hazards – Panopto makes it easy to embed quizzes
  • an Interview video with an expert you know
  • a revision summary
  • a video based assignment
  • using the Panopto mobile app

One of our first real institutional experiments in this area has been created talking head videos of our personal tutors in time for the start of the academic year. The personal tutors introduce themselves and explain how students can contact them. This is going to be a great resource for our new students.

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Today’s session went really well and many of us are keen to start using multimedia more as part of learning and teaching. Watch this space!