FAQ for Faculty

  1. What do I need to use Panopto?
  2. Who owns my recorded lectures?
  3. Who has access to my recorded lectures?
  4. What about downloading recordings?
  5. What can the University do with my recorded lectures?
  6. What formats can my students use to view lectures ?
  7. How long are recordings stored?
  8. Can I store recordings for future use?
  9. Should I just hit "Record" and go?
  10. What happens if I accidentally record a confidential conversation?
  11. Will students skip class if I make lectures available?
  12. Do students view recorded lectures?

1. What do I need to use Panopto?

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A WISE site for which you have the Instructor/Maintain role
  • A microphone
  • (optional)Webcam, document camera, tablet


2. Who owns my recorded lectures?

You do. Recorded lectures are like all other course materials you create for a class.


3. Who has access to my recorded lectures?

Captured recordings are available only to students enrolled in the course where the content is housed. You can choose to grant extended access as appropriate. You can also choose to limit access to selected class members (for example, athletes traveling to away games, students with medical excuses).


4. What about downloading recordings?

Using downloadable files provides the greatest flexibility for accessing and reviewing recordings. Recordings can be downloaded in .mp4 format to local computer hard drives.


5. What can the University do with my recorded lectures?

The University provides the mechanism and the channel for recording lectures but the owner is responsible for making the recordings available. Willamette and WITS will not distribute your lectures to anyone else, although we can assist you in that process if you wish. WITS will remove materials from the Panopto server based on the retention policy and storage space constraints.


6. What formats can my students use to view lectures ?

The default recording format is the Panopto streaming file format which uses a proprietary viewer that provides all the built-in Panopto functionality. A mobile version of the player makes recordings available on mobile devices. Lectures are available in downloadable that provide audio only or audio and computer screen capture, which would make your lectures suitable for playback on iPods or other media players.


7. How long are recordings stored?

You have the opportunity to retain any Panopto content that you feel has potential value for future re-use. However, due to licensing and storage costs and restrictions, the University must have a process for clearing out dated or unwanted content (such as lectures recorded for the purpose of assisting students in a specific course to study for a single exam). In order to balance the needs and goals of lecture capture, the following retention policy is in effect:

Panopto recordings are stored until the beginning of the next parallel term (for example, Spring Term 2012 recordings will be stored until the beginning of Spring Term 2013). At that point, WITS Panopto administrator(s) will delete all content in Panopto course sites that are associated with WISE course sites. WITS will not remove material stored in private courses. Recordings associated with WISE project sites and ad hoc recordings made by WITS will be evaluated with the owners at the end of every academic term.


8. Can I store recordings for future use?

Panopto is designed to accommodate the re-use of course lectures, but pedagogical and student privacy considerations need to be handled judiciously. Your User Services Consultant can help you move materials between sites.


9. Should I just hit "Record" and go?

That is the simplest solution. How you use Panopto is largely a matter of pedagogical goals, however, so this decision should be made with learning outcomes and goals in mind. You also need to consider questions of student privacy. When you record live classes, you should be sure that students know the recording will be occurring and that they can request that a recording be stopped at any time if the discussion involves sensitive topics. The Panopto recorder includes a Pause feature to facilitate capture of only selected parts of a class session. You might want to include a statement such as the following in your syllabus that in-class recordings may be made so that students are aware from the beginning of the semester:

Lectures may be recorded and made available to students registered for this class using the Tegrity lecture capture system. These recordings are intended to supplement the classroom experience. Duplication or redistribution of lecture capture recordings is prohibited without appropriate consent. For technical assistance and for compliance issues (such as copyright and privacy), please see the lecture capture guidelines available at SOMEWHERE or contact the WITS Help Desk.


10. What happens if I accidentally record a confidential conversation?

Panopto includes simple editing tools on the Panopto server. You should remove the confidential section of the recording before making the recording available to class members.

Click the Help link in the Panopto window to access:

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR EDITING A RECORDING


11. Will students skip class if I make lectures available?

Research shows that there is no noticeable negative impact on students' class attendance when lecture capture recordings are made available.


12. Do students view recorded lectures?

Because every course setting is unique, this is hard to measure. Panopto allows you to generate reports that show student usage which would allow you to experiment and collect data on your own specific courses.