Panopto on Panopto

During last Friday’s workshop, “Teaching with Panopto,” participants received a hands-on introduction to the platform, practiced recording and submitting or embedding their recordings into Canvas, and brainstormed best practices for assigning and assessing multimodal projects made with Panopto. Presenters and participants also used Panopto to capture selected instructions and discussions. Read on for workshop highlights; you’ll find video links within the text. Note that you must be part of the CIC instructor group and log onto Panopto with your UW Net ID to view the videos. If you’re not a CIC instructor, but would like to view the videos and the workshop materials, email Kimberlee (kgb [at] uw [dot] edu) to be added to the CIC group.

Workshop Overview

Kimberlee provided an overview of the workshop agenda. One of our overall objectives was hacking Panopto, or using the platform for multimodal class activities rather lecture capture.

Screenshot of Workshop Overview Video

Screenshot of completed Panopto recording in Panopto viewer. Kimberlee added the video description visible in the Contents tab. Viewers can take Notes and create Bookmarks while watching the video.

Creating a Dropbox for Student Panopto Submissions

In order for students to make their own Panopto recordings, instructors must create a dropbox within their class Panopto Recordings folder. To do so, go to your Panopto folder settings and choose Create dropbox. As you can see from the video, attempting to alter Panopto Recordings folder settings within Canvas may not work. Instead, you may have to go to UW Panopto instead, as Kimberlee did.

Technical Considerations for New Panopto Users

Ashley LeBlanc filled in the technical instruction gaps in Kimberlee’s presentation.

Panopto viewer screen with PDF file added

Ashley provides essential instructions. The “Panopto: Mac vs. Windows” file she shared is included in the Panopto video. Just click the file icon to display it.

In order for students to see the Panopto Recordings option in Canvas, you must add it to your course navigation by going to the Navigation tab in your Canvas course Settings, dragging Panopto Recordings into your visible navigation links, and clicking Save, as pictured below.

Screenshot of Canvas navigation settings

Move “Panopto Recordings” into the live course navigation items

Ashley also reminded us that the Windows and Mac versions of Panopto have fundamentally different interfaces. She provided a PowerPoint file that walks instructors through the process of working with Panopto via Windows and Mac interfaces. The file is accessible via the workshop agenda page and the recording itself.

Screenshot of Mac versus Windows Panopto interfaces

Panopto: Mac versus Windows interfaces (aka Two Different Worlds)

Discussion: Pedagogical Possibilities and Best Practices for Assignment and Assessment

Workshop participants brainstormed ideas for designing multimodal assignments students can complete with Panopto. They also discussed best practices for scaffolding and assessing such assignments. The group used the installed microphone on one computer to create a Panopto audio/screen recording of the conversation and notes, thus modelling an activity students could do in the CIC classroom. The notes taken during the session are available via the workshop agenda page.

Screenshot of Panopto audio/screen capture

Screenshot of a completed Panopto audio/screen capture in the Panopto viewer

Submitting and Sharing Panopto Recordings

Workshop participants not only created Panopto recordings as students, but they submitted them via two methods: copying/pasting a link into a Canvas assignment and embedding video into a Canvas discussion posting. The notes taken during our discussion are available via the workshop agenda page.

The Instructor View: Panopto in SpeedGrader

Before participants discussed final questions, Kimberlee showed what student Panopto recordings submitted as assignments look like in an instructor’s SpeedGrader. We found that the recordings didn’t appear within the SpeedGrader window, and we thus opened the recording in a new tab instead. Ashley will discuss the glitch with UW-IT’s Learning Technologies team.

Additional Resources



Panopto Workshop

Hello CIC Instructors!

Thanks again for your flexibility this week. MGH 076 will be unavailable for at least another week, and we’re working right now to find you alternate rooms. We’ll let you know as soon as we have them!

In other (better) news, Kimberlee will be facilitating a workshop on Panopto tomorrow, November 7th. It will be in MGH 082 from 10:00 to 11:30, and should be very useful!

The workshop will focus on how instructors might use the platform’s audio, video and screen capture functions to develop multimodal assignments and peer review options. It will also address assessment issues and allow time for hands-on practice. Please RSVP to Kimberlee at if you would like to participate.

We will be uploading a recording of the workshop on Panopto itself, so keep an eye out for that if you can’t make it.



Using Panopto in the CIC

Hello CIC Instructors!

One of the most exciting new features of the CIC classrooms is that they now support Panopto, which is the video sharing platform that the UW has recently adopted (this is a switch from Tegrity). Panopto enables you to create, edit and share video files directly through Canvas, so that you can easily integrate them into your teaching.

You can access Panopto through the left-hand toolbar of your Canvas course, and from there you can click “Create” in order to launch the Panopto Recorder. You and your students can then record videos and webcasts directly from the webcams on CIC computers.


After you’ve created a video, you can either embed it directly onto Canvas or provide a link to it that students can follow. Students can create and upload their own videos, potentially as part of a Canvas Discussion, portfolio reflection or multi-modal assignment.


We’re working on a page for the CIC Faculty Guide that gives detailed instructions on using, modelling and assessing Panopto videos, but for now – take a minute to explore it yourself! As always, let us know if you have any questions.

You can also find instructions and answers to FAQs from UW IT Connect by going here.

Thanks, and we hope you had a productive week in the CIC!