What is it?

Panopto is a software system for recording, storing, and playing video. It is available to you through Moodle, and allows you to record yourself from any device where you can access the Moodle system. Recordings are automatically stored on Panopto servers, and that makes it easy to share them with students — you can simply post or email links to the videos you create.

If you’re interested in working with the Academic Technology team to create a high-quality video, be sure to read the Instructional Video page.

Research has shown that the smart use of video increases student engagement. Creating short, conversational videos and demonstrating your enthusiasm for the subject can create a sense of connection for your students, and increase the likelihood that they watch and absorb the lesson.

Why is it useful?

Consider making videos that cover important or difficult topics that you cover every semester. This can allow your students to watch them multiple times, and frees up classroom time for discussion, questions, and review. Panopto allows you to embed quizzes in your videos, which can also increase the amount of time your students spend with your course material.

You can also use the built-in recording functions to create short feedback videos for your students. It’s easy to record a follow-up to class discussions, or provide video feedback on an assignment for the whole class, or for individual students.

How do I use it at Carleton?

Upon logging into https://carleton.hosted.panopto.com, you’ll be greeted by a series of “getting started” videos. With your videos in Panopto, it’s surprisingly easy to share those videos in Moodle. This short video walks you through different ways you can make it happen. One of the easiest ways is to click the green clover icon that appears on numerous pages through your course. From there, you can either insert an existing video or record a new one and the video will be viewable on the current Moodle page.

panopto button editor

Choose an existing video:

panopto choose a video

or record a new video:

Panopto record a video
panopto recorder

There are a lot of resources available about using Panopto and about creating effective videos.

Written Documentation and Guides

Videos about using Panopto at Carleton

Teaching Tips

  • Do a welcome video and ask your students to post one too.
  • Use Panopto to create video feedback on an assignment — either for the whole class, a group, or a single student.
  • Include a video message in an email to your class.