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 firstname.lastname@example.org.