eLearning and Emerging Technologies is excited to announce that Panopto will soon be replacing TechSmith Relay, our current screen and lecture capture software and Ensemble Video, our video-hosting platform.
Relay has been a great option for anyone who has wanted to record simple PowerPoint presentations or create a short videos to share with others, but users have had limited editing and closed-captioning options and Panopto will allow us to overcome the limitations associated with Relay/Ensemble.
The migration to the new video system will take several weeks and we have scheduled several Panopto hands-on workshops throughout the month of May which will be repeated all summer long. We encourage you to register for Panopto workshops in Sprout.
- Content that is currently in Ensemble will be migrated to Panopto for all faculty. Please spend some time reviewing your videos in Ensemble and remove any videos that aren’t necessary to move to Panopto (eg. such as past student video projects). Important Note: Any 'unpublished' video or audio in Ensemble will NOT be migrated to Panopto.
Be sure to watch for upcoming newsletters and announcements about training dates, transition news and the benefits of using Panopto.
- Access your Panopto Library and the Panopto Recorder through GVSU's Panopto Portal
Help with Panopto
- Editing the beginning, middle and end of a video
- Adding assessment questions (true/false, multiple choice, discussion, and short answer) within video content
- Creating closed-captioned video
- Searching video for keywords, allowing students to quickly jump to specific areas within the video
- Student access to record their own videos using Panopto’s recording software
Content that is currently in Ensemble will be migrated to Panopto for all faculty. Please spend some time reviewing your videos in Ensemble and remove any videos that aren’t necessary to move to Panopto (eg. such as past student video projects).
Important Note: Any 'unpublished' video or audio in Ensemble will NOT be migrated to Panopto.
Please take some time to do review the videos in your Ensemble account and do some spring cleaning. Please remove any video files that are no longer necessary, such as student video projects.
Ensemble will no longer be accessible after June 30th. Once the conversion to Panopto is complete any new content you put into Ensemble will need to be manually moved over to Panopto if you wish to keep it.
All video links will be broken and will display as “missing content” in Blackboard. After June 30th, all user will need to edit their video links and replace them using the Panopto mashup tool.
Relay/Ensemble no longer meets the growing demands of GVSU users, and we decided to invest in a more powerful tool that can support both faculty, staff and students.
Panopto can be used for screencasting, collecting analytics, making video quizzes and adding captions and transcripts to videos. It has a mobile app, is also available to our students and more importantly is fully integrated with Blackboard.
We have scheduled several Panopto hands-on workshops throughout the month of May which will be repeated all summer long, as well as through the fall and winter semester. Hands-on workshops for Panopto can be found in Sprout. We are also in the process of developing handouts and video tutorials and will make them available on http://www.gvsu.edu/elearn
GVSU Strategic Connection
Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.
Institutional outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.
Objective 1.D.2: At least 93% of faculty members regularly use electronic course management tools, such as Blackboard, in their teaching.
Objective 3.B.1: All systems and policies ensure inclusiveness and accessibility.
Objective 4.D.1: Effective technologies are integrated into every function and structure across the institution.
Inclusiveness/Access - Incorporating multiple voices and experiences by valuing identities, perspectives, and backgrounds. Strengthening and expanding possibilities through technology to increase accessibility and remove barriers.
"I jumped right in to using Panopto because I had a Spring online course to prep. I am thrilled to report it is easy to use. I can make videos and upload them for near immediate use - a great improvement over the old system. Editing videos is easier, and I particularly like the feature that allows me to add quiz questions. Especially, teaching online, being able to add a couple questions to incentivize students to watch the whole video, and check they understood it, is a great bonus pedagogically. I also find the viewership metrics incredibly handy. They provide real insight into students' work habits.”
- Jeff Rothstein, Sociology
"After attending the Panopto online session I was able to get started making videos right away which was great! With some use I've been able to see more of the features in action (such as the quizzing, ability to share multiple screens, ability to embed a YouTube video) and haven't run into any issues. I also haven't heard from any students indicating issues accessing the video, which supports that it works smoothly with different systems and browsers.
The editing tools (ability to slow down, cut, switch screens) is excellent and allows for a much more professional product. The analytics are also insightful. Being able to see who has accessed the video, how much they have viewed (or perhaps what speed they have viewed it at) and how many times they've opened it is definitely been helpful for me in thinking about what kind of content is catching and keeping their attention. It's also great knowing that if I need to I can access the files from any computer and can edit for future use. The online tutorial videos through Panopto are also fairly extensive and have been helpful when I have run into questions (for example where to find the quiz results).
I haven't had students upload videos so can't speak to that. And the captioning is something I'm going to need to explore more in future.”
- Rachel Campbell, Sociology