Panopto

Quick Links: What is Panopto, Getting Started, Tutorials and Resources, FAQs, News and Notes


 

What is Panopto?

Panopto is an enterprise lecture capture and delivery platform that allows the user to include video, audio, screen capture, slides and quizzes into a recording. All Wentworth faculty, staff, and students have the ability to create and share recordings in Panopto. Panopto is not limited to, but can be used in the following ways:

To learn more about Panopto, we invite you to view the short video and contact a member of the Learning Innovation and Technology team to discuss ways you can integrate video into your course design.



How do I get started?

Add Panopto to a Blackboard course website:

Panopto's Blackboard integration brings video directly to the Blackboard interface. Instructors can add and manage their video files inside their familiar Blackboard course website. Each Panopto recording can be linked or embedded as Blackboard  content, where students can watch on any laptop or mobile device.
Below, we will detail how to provision (configure) your Blackboard course website for use with Panopto.

Add a New Tool Link in your Bb course website

Step 1: Log into Blackboard and access the desired course that you want to configure using Panopto.
Step 2: Click the + icon from the Blackboard Course Menu to add a new tool to the left hand menu.
Step 3: Select Tool Link from the list.
The Add Tool Link window will appear.
Step 4: Select Panopto Course Tool Application from list of options.
Step 5: Next, enter Panopto in the Name field.
Step 6: Do not select the Available to Users checkbox.
Students do not have to access the Panopto folder that you are about to setup.
Step 7: Click Submit when finished.
You will see the new tool in the Blackboard Course Menu.

Provision (configure) your Bb Course for use with Panopto

Step 8: Click Panopto (or the name you entered) to continue provisioning your course.
You will see the following message: This course is not provisioned with Panopto. Before a course can be used with Panopto it must be setup.
Step 9: Click Configure.
The Configure Panopto Course screen will appear.
Step 10: Click Add Course to Panopto to continue.
The Configure Panopto Connector (confirmation) screen will appear.  Note the Result section indicates that the course was successfully provisioned.
Step 11: Click Return to course.
You will return to your Blackboard course website.
Step 12: Click Panopto (or the name you entered) to access your provisioned Panopto course folder.
You will now see the provisioned Panopto course folder.

Download and Install the Panopto Recorder:

Now that you have provisioned your course, the next step is to download and install the Panopto Recorder.
Below, we will detail how to download and install the Panopto Recorder.

Step 1: After you have provisioned your course for use with Panopto, click Panopto from the Course Menu on the left side of your Blackboard course website.
The Panopto Main course folder will appear.
Step 2: Select Record a new session from the Create drop down menu, located at the top of the page.
Step 3: Download the installer for your operating system (Windows or Mac).
Step 4: Save the file and install the software on your local computer.  After you have installed the software, you will need to refresh your browser/reload the page.

Record a new Panopto Session:

Now that the installation and provisioning logistics have been addressed, let's have some fun and record a new session!
Below, we will detail how to record a new session in Panopto.

Step 1: After you install the Panopto recorder, click Panopto from the Course Menu on the left side of your Blackboard course website.
The Panopto Main course folder will appear.
Step 2: Select Record a new session from the Create drop down menu, located at the top of the page.
The Launch application screen will appear.
Step 3: Click Open Link (Mac) or OK (Windows) to launch the Panopto recorder.
The Panopto recorder will appear.
Step 4: Using the Primary Source drop down menus, adjust your primary video and audio source so we see and hear you.  Select the webcam and microphone settings accordingly.
Step 5: Click Record when you are ready.
Step 6: Click Stop when finished.
The Recording Complete screen will appear.
Step 7: Enter a name for your recording in the Session name field.
Step 8: Click Upload to upload your recording to the course folder.
Your recording will appear in the Panopto provisioned course folder.

Embed Panopto Video in Blackboard course website:

Ok.  We are cooking now!  Now that you have recorded a Panopto video session, let's show you how to embed the video in your Blackboard course website for your students to view.
Below, we will detail how to embed a Panopto video in a Bb course website.

Step 1: To begin, select the desired Content Area where you want to embed the Panopto video session from the Course Menu on the left side of the Blackboard course web site.  In this example, we will select Course Materials.
The Course Materials Content Area will appear.
Step 2: Select the desired location (e.g., folder) where you want to embed the Panopto video session.  In this example, we will select the Week 1 folder.
The Week 1 folder will appear.
Step 3: From the Build Content drop down menu, select Panopto Video Embed from the list of options.
The Search for a Panopto video screen will appear.
Step 4: Select the radio button associated with the video session that you want to embed in your course for the students to view.  In this example, we will select “Test recording”.
Step 5: Click Insert Video to confirm.
You will return to the folder in which you embedded the video.  There you will see the embedded video.
Note: Repeat steps 2-5 to embed additional video segments in your Blackboard Course website as needed.



Tutorials and Resources:

To further assist you, we have created a series of custom tip sheets and video tutorials designed for Wentworth faculty and students.  Please take a moment to view the titles below for additional help.  You can also access the Panopto Support Site where you can browse documentation and view helpful video tutorials.  As always, you can reach out to the LIT team via email at lit@wit.edu and schedule an individual training consultation. Please also check our events page for workshops and training sessions.

     
Faculty Video PDF
Provision Panopto for Individual Course Use in Bb Video
Download and Install Panopto Recorder Video
Record a New Panopto Session Video
Embed Panopto Video in Blackboard course website    
Basic Editing  
Automatic Captions  
Creating a Quiz  
Add Panopto Graded Quiz Link in Bb  
     
Students    
Download and Install Panopto Recorder Video
Record a New Panopto Session Video
Basic Editing  
Submit Panopto Video as an Assignment in Bb  



Panopto FAQs...

What is Panopto?

Panopto is an enterprise lecture capture and delivery platform that provides the ability to combine audio, video, PowerPoint/Keynote, and screen capture into one recording. Panopto can be used in classrooms on campus or from any desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Currently iOS devices have the ability to create and view recordings and android devices have the ability to view recordings. Additionally, Panopto allows you to upload pre-existing audio and video files for easy distribution to students. Panopto offers a significant improvement over previous lecture capture software by providing a straightforward interface for basic recording and a more seamless production of video files; there are also more advanced recording and editing features available.

Is Panopto integrated with Blackboard Learn?

Yes, instructors may make Panopto available in their course sites by going to Tools Menu > Add Tool Link and adding the Panopto Tool.

Is PowerPoint able to be used in this system for lectures?

Yes, PowerPoint can be captured simultaneously along with the audio/video and screen content.  There is also a PowerPoint index in the Panopto Viewer, so students can navigate between slides.

Would students be able to download and save lecture indefinitely?

No, students are not able to download videos within Panopto. Only the owner of the video has the option to download videos within their folders.

Can Panopto be used on a Mobile device?

If you have an iOS mobile device (such as an iPad or iPhone) you may download the Panopto application for free from the App Store.  Features of this app include the capability to view videos and create recordings through Panopto. There is also a Panopto app for Android, which supports video playback but not recording.

Is it possible for students to create recordings?

All members of the Wentworth community (faculty, staff, and students) with a valid WIT ID are able to create and share recordings in Panopto using their My Folder.  Students can also submit recordings as assignments that the instructor creates within a Blackboard course website.

Can an instructor upload audio and video files to Panopto that were not created in Panopto?

Yes, users can upload pre-existing audio and video files by selecting Create>Upload Media after logging into Panopto.


Panopto News and Notes...

Panopto Upgrade 7.0!

Wentworth recently upgraded to Panopto 7.0.  Some of the new features of the upgrade include:

  • New video player — Users will be able to access the table of contents, search within videos, participate in discussions, take notes, and rate videos on their mobile devices and within the embedded video player.
  • Analytics improvements — Content creators can now see analytics for all their videos across the site and for specific folders or videos.
  • Fill in the Blank Questions - Added a new question type in quizzes, allowing users to add fill in the blanks or short answer questions.
  • Download notes — Users can download their notes or notes from any public channel for a particular video.

Click this link for the full release notes.