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Faculty Use of Panopto Lecture Capture

Panopto is no-cost software that lets you record lectures at your desk or in classrooms with a webcam. It’s integrated with Blackboard, so faculty can access all their course materials in one place, and videos and recordings can be moved from course to course. To use Panopto, all you need is a microphone and webcam.

Professor Ron Harris-Warrick selected the most difficult materials in his neuropharmacology course and made a Panopto video to carefully introduce the concepts. The students watched the video before class, so that the freed-up time could be used to tackle problems and discuss the design of experiments related to the core concepts of the video.

Says Professor Harriss-Warrick, “The class was really enjoyable for all of us, because we had so much more free time for discussion and clicker questions to test their knowledge.” He continues, “the students did extremely well in the class this year; I believe part of it was that they had a chance to work with the material they had seen on the Panopto video.”

Elizabeth Fox, TA for Prabhu Pingali, Professor of Applied Economics and Management, recounts, “We used Panopto to record all of the class lectures. It was really easy to use and post on Blackboard.”

She says students appreciated the videos as a resource, and used them to study for quizzes and exams. She adds, “As a TA, it was helpful in preparing for exams and quizzes, because I could go back and find exactly what was said for a given topic.”

Faculty can get started with Panopto by contacting

Upcoming Cornell MOOC–Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection

Starting March 2, Stephen Wicker, Cornell professor of electrical and computer engineering, will lead the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection.” The course is free and will explore the privacy issues of an interconnected world.

How does cellular technology enable massive surveillance? Do users have rights against surveillance? How does surveillance affect how we use cellular and other technologies? How does it affect our democratic institutions? Do you know that the metadata collected by a cellular network speaks volumes about its users? In this course you will explore all of these questions while investigating related issues in WiFi and Internet surveillance. The issues explored in this course are at the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology and will appeal to anyone interested in the technical, political, and moral questions inherent in the use of information networks. The course will include broad overviews for the novice, while pointing to the detailed resources needed for those engaged in the development of corporate or governmental policies.

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