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Panopto Update 6.0 – New Powerful Analytics

By | News and Updates, Nyheder, Panopto Updates

At the annual Panopto conference this year we were introduced to some new features with the 6.0 update. The most exciting being, the new analytics suite.

It’s no secret that Panopto’s focus is on massively scaling production of video content. Recorder ease-of-use and searchable libraries have been key to this growth so far. Last year Panopto saw a 150% growth rate in new recordings, topping out at 5 million. Here at Viducon we have seen similar rates with over 40,000 videos produced last year.

To help users grow their libraries support administrators and content producers will have access to new analytics features that brings viewer trends and audience behavior into focus. Rich visualizations gathered in a new dashboard show more useable and actionable data.

The analytics provide insights into the most popular videos as well as those that generate the highest engagement and most discussion. This information can be used to identify the most compelling or confusing topics  as well as identifying trends in viewing behavior, including the reach and engagement of live events, as well as the degree of time-shifting among event views.

And as with all updates, this number crunching power is available to Panopto admins at no additional cost. If you want to know a bit more about your viewers or would like a walk through the new dashboard please give us a call.

Reseller of the year!

By | Events, News and Updates, Nyheder, Updates from Viducon


Last week at panopto18, the annual Panopto conference in London we were inspired but also walked away with some accolades. Viducon was awarded as the top reseller in EMEA for most new clients and most client renewals.

That means if you’re reading this, THANK YOU. It is your commitment to better education through video that help makes this possible. We’re happy to be on this journey together and look forward to bringing new and better video experiences to you and all of your viewers.

Customer testimonial: Associate Professor Till Winkler, Copenhagen Business School

By | Nyheder

Copenhagen Business School (CBS), our customer of 4 years, is using Panopto’s all-in-one video solution for lecture capturing, flipped classroom, blended learning, student assignments and much more.

Associate Professor Till Winkler from the Department of Digitalization, who was part of the panel debate at Panopto’s Annual conference in London (2017), was asked how his university uses Panopto and of their experience.

In the interview Till Winkler was asked, how Panopto is used at CBS, what are the benefits for teachers and students in using video and how CBS students and stuff  reacted to the introduction of Panopto.

We at Viducon are of course always happy to hear of our customers positive experience, with the solutions that we offer.

If interested in reading more about Till’s experience with using video, for lecture capturing and blended learning, you can read the two case studies written about his work:

There is Much Potential for Video in Higher Education: It’s Worth Trying!

Student Perspectives on Blended Learning: Getting the Best out of Video and the Classroom

If you are interested in trying Panopto, the video solution used for blended learning at CBS, please, contact our team to receive a personalized demo, or sign up for a 30-day free trial.  

5 Video Platform Technologies That Make It Easier To Use Video for Learning and Development

By | Nyheder

Video has always offered great potential to support and scale your training programs, but traditional video technologies offered only point solutions that would separately record, edit, manage, and share your videos, and that were each complex and expensive to use.

Fortunately, there’s a better way now.

Modern video platforms (sometimes called video libraries, video content management systems, or simply a “corporate YouTube”) can support video from end to end — offering the ability to capture, edit, manage, search, share, and view video using an integrated suite of tools.

And while cost used to prohibit the use of enterprise video technologies outside of the top Fortune 100 companies, today a video platform can be more efficiently sourced, with affordable options for both hosted and on-premises deployments. IBM and Microsoft both reported their investments in video generated triple-digit positive ROIs, each in fewer than 2 years, and both largely due to savings on training costs.

Video platforms enable organizations to do more new things with video and get more value out of existing video content. In order to make sure your learning and development organization gets the most out of video, here are the five capabilities you’ll want to ensure your video platform includes as part of the core offering:

1. Video Search That Indexes the Actual Content In Your Video

Search is a new capability for video — and is quickly becoming a video platform’s most essential feature. As Forrester analyst Phil Karcher notes, “If it’s worth saving, it’s worth finding.”

Historically this has been a challenge for video, as many video solutions offer only limited ability to search via manually added metadata like titles or tags. And the challenge continued even when an employee actually found a video — with many training videos running 30-60 minutes or longer, the only means to find a relevant 2-minute segment was to hunt-and-peck through the entire timeline.

Modern video platforms offer a better option. Features like automatic speech recognition (ASR), optical character recognition (OCR), and slide content ingestion enable some video platforms to index a significant amount of the content spoken or shown in your recordings. By nature, training videos will be filled with details and sought out on a regular basis from employees across the organization, so strong video search capabilities are a necessity. Look for a modern platform that allows your team to search across all the videos in your library as well as inside the actual contents of each video. Specifically, the video platform should support indexing the words spoken or appearing on-screen in each video along with more traditional metadata.

See Panopto’s video search technology in action below: 

2. Simple, Flexible Video Recording Options

The single most essential aspect of using video for training is also the most straightforward: you need to be able to record it, quickly, and ideally from anywhere.
Record With Any Device - Panopto Mobile-Ready Video Platform
When it comes to training, video is only as effective as your recording technology allows it to be.

Your video solution should be able to record with whatever camera your team and your employees use, or record their screen, or their mobile device, and do so whenever and wherever the employee chooses. Restricting employees to dedicated recorders or dedicated studio rooms only creates hurdles to adoption and may ultimately limit your success.

An ideal video solution should allow your team to capture an unlimited number of video sources, including one or many streams from webcams, camcorders, or other video cameras; video from mobile devices or wearable technologies; and the contents of one or multiple computer screens. The more recording options your system enables, the more ways you’ll find to implement video to scale and support your training programs.

3. A Mobile-Ready Video Platform Available On Any Device

Record and View Video for Learning and Development Anywhere - Panopto Mobile Video PlatformPerhaps the single most valuable aspect of using video to support your training efforts is that video enables your team to consume training content anytime, anywhere it fits into their schedules. That is if you let them.

As more organizations move to a Bring Your Own Device model, enabling employees to use personal technology to be more productive at work, your video solution must be ready to accommodate a wide variety of devices. A mobile-ready video platform allows employees to view videos on any device regardless of the original recording format.

Ideally, your solution should offer native apps that allow users to interact with your video library just as they would from a desktop browser, complete with search, sharing, recording, and upload support along with viewing capabilities.

4. Compile Video Viewing Analytics

An important part of monitoring the success of a training program is monitoring when, how and how completely employees interact with your video. Video Analytics - Panopto Video for Learning and DevelopmentA modern video platform enables managers and administrators to do just that.

As employees log in to watch your content, viewing video analytics gives you valuable insight into what videos are being watched, and whether any given member of the team has completed any particular video. This, in turn, enables your training team to monitor compliance rates, as well as refine and revise your training programs as needed to ensure ongoing success.

5. Build A Secure Corporate Video Library

The foundational technology that enables all the above is so simple it can often be overlooked — a centralized place where your organization can store and access its video content.

YouTube vs Corporate YouTube - Panopto Video PlatformToo often, for organizations without a video library, that recording is simply saved to a hard drive, a network file share, or a SharePoint site where it’s nearly impossible for others in the company to discover. In those cases, even when the file is found, it can only be played back if the viewer happens to have a device that can play that specific file type.

Of equal concern is security. Organizations that lack video content managementoptions may find that employees already comfortable with consumer tools like YouTube or DropBox may be choosing to use these public spaces to share internal content in the name of efficiency. Ensuring your video and file systems are easy to find and easy to use with a mobile device can mitigate many unintentional security lapses.

Modern video platforms address these issues head-on, providing centralized video libraries that make sharing easy by providing a single point for file storage. As Forrester Research notes, “While content management is a less-pressing issue for organizations producing very little video, this discipline will be critical as video content production starts to expand dramatically.

Video helps companies increase the effectiveness of their training, improve the consistency of learning content, scale L&D efforts to a global workforce, enable social knowledge sharing, and of course, lower costs. For corporate learning and development, a video platform is more than a nice-to-have — it’s a necessity.

As organizations make video a core part of their L&D efforts, the use cases outlined in this paper offer only a starting point. Training departments, management, and individual employees will discover new scenarios for using video that address the unique needs of their business and provide them with new ways to communicate and share information.

Best of all, video is no longer an inaccessible technology locked away in AV team closets and server racks. The widespread availability of inexpensive, high-quality video cameras in laptops, tablets, and smartphones — and the increasing use of video platforms are making it easier for L&D teams to do more with video.

Find Out More About Using Video For Corporate Learning and Development

ICON - Learning and Development - Anytime Anywhere Video ClassroomIn Panopto’s white paper, Your Anywhere, Anytime Corporate Classroom, we help L&D practitioners make the business case for doing more with video, including:

  • 5 benefits that help convince your decision makers to use video in more ways for L&D
  • 14 ideas for supporting and scaling formal and informal learning with video
  • 1 technology — the video platform — that simplifies the use of video for L&D

Today’s learning and development professionals already understand the potential that video technology offers. Make sure your organization isn’t missing out!


If you are interested in trying Panopto, please, contact our team to receive a personalized demo, or sign up for a 30-day free trial.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog.  

What’s New in Panopto 5.4?

By | Nyheder

RTMP Encoder Support, Live Multi-Camera HTML5 Video, YouTube Integration, and More

What’s New at a Glance:

  • Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) ingest
  • Multi-camera live streaming using standards-compliant HTML5
  • Live event analytics
  • YouTube integration
  • Welcome tour for new users
  • Android and iOS mobile app improvements


Today, we’re excited to announce the latest release of our video platform. For AV teams and anyone involved in live events, Panopto 5.4 includes some major enhancements to our video broadcasting capabilities. We now support the ability to ingest live feeds from RTMP encoders. We’ve updated our media pipeline and video players so that single- and multi-feed live broadcasts are streamed entirely in HTML5. And we’ve introduced analytics that provide statistics on viewing behavior during live events.

As with all releases, we’ve made additional improvements across the platform. In version 5.4, we added a new YouTube integration that makes it easier for you to curate existing videos and insert them into your Panopto recordings. We’ve also added a welcome tour that’ll help your new users get up to speed more quickly. And we’re updating our Android and iOS apps with some handy new features.


An End-to-End Live Streaming Engine—from RTMP Encoders to HLS Endpoints

For AV teams around the world, live encoders are the starting point for successfully streaming an event online. Whether it’s a rack-mount appliance, a portable solid state device, an on-camera wireless device, or a software-based encoder, converting video feeds from cameras into formats suitable for live streaming is essential to any live production workflow.

However, for the encoded video to reach a large-scale audience, it requires a streaming server that can distribute it efficiently across corporate WANs or the public internet. Cloud-based streaming platforms like Wowza Streaming Cloud, and in the consumer space, YouTube Live and Facebook Live, provide this scalable video streaming infrastructure.

With today’s release, AWS Elemental Live encoders now speak Panopto


With today’s release of Panopto, we’re excited to provide businesses and universities with a new option for broadcasting video at scale using their existing encoding infrastructure. Starting today, these organizations can connect their RTMP encoders to Panopto’s cloud-based video platform in order to live stream presentations and events to tens of thousands of simultaneous viewers.


Teradek’s Vidiu series of portable encoders can transmit wirelessly from cameras to Panopto.


As the RTMP feed is ingested, Panopto transcodes it to HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and transrates it for adaptive bitrate (ABR) delivery. This enables a high-quality video feed to reach audiences at massive scale on desktop and mobile platforms. Panopto’s integrations with content delivery networks (CDNs) and WAN optimization solutions minimize video startup time and buffering. And with live DVR, viewers who join late never have to miss a moment of the webcast.


Panopto provides an end-to-end streaming solution from RTMP encoders to HLS endpoints.


During the live event, Panopto also records the video content for on-demand playback. When the event wraps up, the on-demand recording becomes instantly available with accompanying metadata such as chapters and thumbnails, which Panopto automatically extracts during the live stream. This eliminates the publishing delays that are common with most live event workflows.

In addition, Panopto’s unique Smart Search technology makes the content of every on-demand recording searchable. Viewers can search for any word spoken or shown on-screen in the recording, and instantly fast-forward to that moment in the video.


Multi-camera live streaming using HTML5

We’ve also revamped our media pipeline and video players in Panopto 5.4 so that live events are streamed entirely using standards-compliant HTML5 video. This eliminates the need for third-party browser plugins, as many web browsers deprecate support for Flash.

With Panopto, you can watch live events in one of three video players:

  • The interactive, multi-stream video player
  • The embedded player
  • The mobile players for iOS and Android

The interactive video player provides a unique experience for watching live events. It allows you to watch two synchronized feeds of video in a single web browser window.

Why does this matter?

It provides a more engaging and natural viewing experience for most live events, which often consist of two video feeds—the speaker and their on-screen content. With Panopto, you see the speaker and their content at all times, just as you would if you were sitting in a live audience. There’s no need for picture-in-picture, which degrades the viewing experience by obscuring portions of the on-screen content, and there’s no need to make trade-offs of watching only the speaker or their content.

The interactive video player also reduces onsite complexity for the AV team. When viewers can always see both video feeds, there’s less need to perform live feed switching during the event.

Panopto’s interactive player is the industry’s first to support multiple, synchronized live feeds using industry-standard HTML5. The player supports adaptive bitrate streaming, variable-speed playback, live DVR capabilities, time-stamped digital notes, and custom branding.


Panopto’s interactive video player is the first to support synchronized live HTML5 video feeds in a single browser window.


HTML5 broadcasts can also be viewed in Panopto’s embeddable video player. The lightweight player includes automatically generated embed code for easy integration into learning management systems, content management systems, and other web pages. The embed player supports adaptive bitrate streaming, variable speed playback, and custom branding.

And on mobile devices, Panopto’s iOS and Android apps enable viewers to watch live events from anywhere on their phones and tablets.


Live Event Analytics

During and after a live event, producers, administrators, and event organizers often want to measure the reach of the event and the level of viewer engagement. So in Panopto 5.4, we’ve added the ability to see live statistics on viewership. This includes the aggregate number of views, unique viewers, minutes viewed, and drop-off rates.

The views by Video Time graph shows late joiners and drop-off rates for a live event.


Live analytics also provide insights into viewing behavior at the individual level. Within the analytics dashboard, event creators and administrators can see who participated in the live event and how many minutes they watched.



Additional Updates

In every release of Panopto, we make additional improvements across the platform. In today’s update, two of these improvements are worth calling out:

YouTube video integration: You can now insert segments from billions of YouTube videos into your Panopto recordings. From within the Panopto editor, simply specify a point in the video timeline, click on the YouTube icon, and paste the address of the YouTube video. You can specify start and end times to only show segments of a video, set options to show YouTube controls during playback, and specify whether the video should auto-play.


Welcome tour for new users: When your new video creators sign in to Panopto for the first time, they’ll be presented with a guided tour that introduces them to product capabilities and accelerates their time to productivity.


Mobile app enhancements: With this latest release, Panopto for Android now supports offline video playback, enabling viewers to download video files directly to their device for later viewing on-demand. And Panopto for iOS now supports background upload for video files, making it even easier to use your iPhone to capture and share video.


Try Panopto Today

If you’re interested to find out more about what’s new in Panopto 5.4 or about how our video platform can help your organization manage and stream video more efficiently, contact our team for a demo today.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

Participating in SmartLearning’s Digital Learning Conference 2017

By | Events, Nyheder


Viducon participated at the Digital Learning Networking Conference, hosted by SmartLearning, in Aarhus on the 18th of May, 2017. SmartLearning which organized the event, is a unit of Copenhagen Business Academy (Cphbusiness), which supports educators in their efforts to digitalize their teaching, by using learning technologies. This was the second annual conference organized by SmartLearning, which took place at Business Academy Aarhus (Erhvervsakademi Aarhus), where around 160 participants had attended.


The purpose of the conference was to help teachers and educators from Denmark, to better understand the benefits, which digital learning can bring to the organization, and the role of learning technologies in future education.


At the conference a few examples of best digital learning practices were introduced, educators had a chance to meet with leaders of Danish educational institutions, and network with colleagues from different institutions, who are also interested in this highly interesting field.


During the conference, the future challenges in education were introduced, where the issue of uncertainty, of what would be relevant to teach in future studies, was brought up and discussed. The speakers presented how educators though, could adjust to these new circumstances by applying new teaching methods and using tools already available, in a variety of learning technologies, such as educational videos.

Panopto, which was one of the main sponsors of the event, had a stand together with its Danish business partner, Viducon, where participants could talk with representatives of both companies and receive some info about Panopto’s world leading video solution.


At the stand participants could get some inspiration from the many user cases, applied at universities and colleagues around the world who are using Panopto, such as Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Cphbusiness, Yale and Oxford.

Especially for the occasion Viducon created an online voting system, where all can nominate the Video Educator of 2017, be it from the educational or businesses sectors. Viducon would like to praise the educators for their extra effort, and therefore would need your assistance in nominating and voting.

Please give your educators a pat on the shoulder by nominating and voting for them here: VOTE



If you are interested in trying out Panopto video solution at your organization, please, contact our team for a personalized demo or sign up for a 30-days free trial.

The 1st Seminar for Panopto Administrators and Superusers in Denmark

By | Nyheder

denis3Denis Staskewitsch, Panopto’s Regional Sales Manager

Viducon held its 1st Panopto seminar for Administrators and Superusers, on the 14th of Feb 2017. The seminar took place in Copenhagen, where participants both from Denmark and Sweden attended the event. It was an interesting blend of participants, who came from the educational, private and public sectors.

The goal of the seminar was to assist with the implementation process of video as part of e.g. teaching and employee training, by using Panopto. The event covered mainly admin and technical aspects and topics, such as integration possibilities, implementation process, admin role, recommended hardware, room installations, data security and user cases.

The purpose of the event was to cover the many possibilities which Panopto offers, while at the same time, give Panopto users in Denmark and Sweden, the possibility to network, share their experiences and most importantly get inspired.

Panopto’s representatives, Denis Staskewitsch, Regional Manager, and Ulus Isa, Senior Solutions Engineer, arrived from London to present Panopto’s organizational structure, a number of user cases, and the technical aspects of Panopto’s video solution.

Ulus Isa, Panopto’s Senior Solutions Engineer

Also presenting, were two guest speakers from Danish colleges, Carsten Storgaard, IT and E-learning consultant from Cphbusiness, and Lars Olsen, Project Manager and student advisor, from University College Northern Denmark (UCN).

Carsten Storgaard presented, in a very creative way, how Cphbusiness is implementing Panopto, and some inspiring user cases, which are quite different to the traditional use of video in education.

Lars Olsen presented the advanced lecture room setup at UCN, where Panopto’s software is capturing 3 cameras, the Smartboard’s output and PowerPoint, all in one recording. Quite a setup!

Viducon’s CTO, Felix A. Bar, went through and advised on recommended technical setups such as audio, video quality, permanent installations, remote recorders and hardware. Showing how hardware can be complementary to Panopto’s software solution.

Last to present was Viducon’s CEO, Yaron Schwartz, who talked about the use of Panopto and growth in the Danish and Swedish markets. Later he was joined by Denis Staskewitsch, where they went through Panopto’s roadmap and talked about Panopto’s global community.

yaron1Yaron Schwartz, Viducon’s CEO

The seminar was closed with a Q&A session, coffee and some delicious cupcakes.

The 1st Panopto seminar in Denmark, was highly successful, with more participants than first planned for, and the participants were happy for the opportunity to talk with Panopto representatives, learn, get inspired, and network with other Panopto users in Denmark and Sweden.

As there was much interest shown in the seminar, Viducon is planning to organize such events again in the future, covering different topics, which would be requested by Panopto users in Scandinavia.

Viducon would like to encourage Panopto users in Scandinavia to join the group ‘Panopto Brugere I Danmark’ (‘Panopto Users in Denmark’) on LinkedIn, where Panopto users can share their experience, start a discussion, ask questions and write some suggestions.

Viducon thanks all guest speakers and participants, and is looking forward to seeing you at its next event!

If you are interested in trying out Panopto’s video solution at your organization, please, contact our team for a personalized demo or sign up for a 30-days free trial.

Panopto Named a Preferred All-In-One Video Platform by the California State University (CSU) System

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SEATTLE, WA — (Thursday, January 26, 2017) — Panopto, the leader in education video platforms, today announced it has been named one of two preferred partners by the California State University system. Through this partnership, any of CSU’s 23 campuses can easily acquire Panopto’s all-in-one platform for video content management, lecture capture, and flipping the classroom.

The CSU Master Enabling Agreement makes Panopto one of two preferred campus video solutions for the entire CSU system, and the only platform providing both video management and video capture as an integrated, software-based solution.

For ten years, Panopto has been a leader in higher education video, with the easiest-to-use video portal, integration with all major learning management systems, flexible recording tools, simple deployment, and top-rated support. Already among the CSU campuses using Panopto today are California State Long Beach, California State East Bay, and San Jose State.

“We’d been in search of a solution that would make it easy for all our faculty and staff to manage, create, and share video,” said Jean-Pierre Bayard, CSU director of system-wide learning technologies and program services.“ In Panopto, we’ve found the perfect fit for our university. Panopto takes the hassle out of supporting video for our admins, makes teaching with video effortless for our faculty, and enables our students to tailor the pace of their lessons for a more personalized learning experience.”
About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 49,000 faculty, and 474,000 students across the state, and awarding more than 105,000 degrees annually. Created in 1960, the CSU provides high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of California. For more information, visit the CSU Media Center.
About Panopto
Panopto helps universities and businesses create searchable video libraries of their institutional knowledge. Since 2007, the company has been a pioneer in video content management systems, video capture software, and inside-video search technology. Today, Panopto’s video platform is the largest repository of expert learning videos in the world. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Pittsburgh, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Sydney, Panopto has received industry recognition for its innovation, rapid growth, and company culture. For more information, visit www.panopto.com.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog.

3 ways to use Panopto – Seminole State College

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The Seminole State College in Florida has rolled the Panopto Platform out across its four campuses thus supporting almost every kind learning experience at the college.

In the Classroom – supporting flipped classroom model

The Panopto platform supports the flipped classroom model.

This means that professors can record pre-class videos and include everything from whiteboard drawings, lab experiments and traditional slides. With the analytics function, the professors can get an insight in what part of the topics mentioned and covered in the video are the most challenging for the students. This means that they have an insight to improve their own teaching methods.

Outside the classroom – supporting webcasting and debriefing

The Seminole State School of Public Safety’s Emergency Medical Services program has used Panopto to help in providing EMS education for the full-time first responders.

To make sure that every member of the crew got the same amount of training, they recorded and live-streamed a class. This meant that those who couldn’t participate in person in the class could get the same training. Those who couldn’t participate in either the live-stream or the class itself could watch the video on demand, as the recorded class was uploaded to the LMS with Panopto. Further on, the faculty now records every training and simulations. This means the students have a chance for debriefing and note their weaknesses and strengths.

On demand – supporting distant learning

As Panopto have several features to support watching videos on demand, Seminole College also facilitate the usage of Panoptos mobile apps for IOS and Android. This means the students both can participate in the courses while not on campus and use it to record presentations with the audience in view on the mobile device. Once completed, the video is uploaded by Panopto to the student’s designated folder and the instructors can use it for grading and feedback.

The Seminole State College have therefore taken advantage of many Panopto Platform features.

Want to try Panopto?

You can read the whole story about how Seminole State College use Panopto at Panoptos blog

If you already find it interesting to try out Panopto, you can contact us and try it out for yourself.

Seminole chose Panopto over Kaltura

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There is much to consider when choosing a new video platform.

Earlier we wrote about how Yale had chosen Panopto over Kaltura and how CBS (Copenhagen Business School) had done the same.

Wanted: All-in-one video platform

In Florida, the Seminole State College had been using eLearning for over a decade and saw how video had become a more regular part of the students’ learning experience. With over 30,000 students, Seminole State College is the eighth-largest institution of the College System in Florida. They began to face a lack of standardization and looked to other video platforms to find a new solution.

They tried both Camtasia and Adobe but narrowed their search down to Kaltura or Panopto. They were looking for a system that could facilitate storage, editing and sharing. When they compared the two, they found that Panopto solved every need they had:

  • Live streaming lectures and events
  • Flexible recording, both in and out of the classroom, for flipped classrooms, student presentations, faculty training, and more
  • Centralized video storage
  • Efficient streaming across the university network
  • Simple integration with the school’s learning management system

Webcasting success

The first real test of Panopto came with recording of the Symphonic Community Band’s concert. They used Panopto to live stream the event as a longtime member of the band had died only days prior to the event, The Seminole State College Music Department dedicated a scholarship in the member’s name.

Because the family of the honored member couldn’t participate in the event, they watched the webcast instead.

This success meant that the school began to roll out Panopto across the campus. One of the features most used was the Remote Recorder. With this feature the instructors could schedule recordings for the whole semester and let Panopto handle recording, streaming and uploading. They only had to turn it on and off.


Want to try Panopto yourself?

You can read the whole story about Seminole State College at Panoptos blog

If you already find it interesting to try out Panopto, you can contact us and try it out for yourself.

7 Considerations When Choosing an Online Video Platform for Education

By | Nyheder

The use of video on campuses for teaching and learning is growing at an astonishing rate. Increasing numbers of students are requesting that professors record their lectures, driving the growth in adoption of lecture capture at universities around the world.
However, the use of video on campus isn’t restricted to lecture recording. Teachers worldwide are using video to improve the learning experience through blended learning scenarios, flipped classrooms, student recording, campus event webcasting, and more.

mange grunde til at bruge en videoplatform i organisationenGiven the demand, learning technologists, faculty, and IT administrators are now faced with finding the right online video platform for their educational institutions. But what factors should they consider when evaluating solutions?

Every day at Panopto works with hundreds of universities, colleges, and schools worldwide that are launching online video. Here are their top considerations when choosing video platforms for their institutions:

#1: Ease of use

One of the top considerations that our customers have when evaluating video platforms is that it must be easy for everyone to use, regardless of technical ability. Viewing, uploading, capturing video, live broadcasting, and managing video content all must be intuitive to learn and simple to perform.

#2: Integration with learning management systems (LMS) and identity providers

Another critical factor in choosing a video platform is the ease and depth of integration with the school’s existing technologies. The educational video platform should offer the widest range of compatibility with the technologies already in place at your institution. Ready-made integration modules for LMSs such as Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, and Instructure Canvas enable seamless course provisioning from within the LMS. Support for existing identity systems such as Active Directory and SAML also ensure single user sign-on support and hassle-free user management.

#3: Centralized video content management

For IT administrators, one of the biggest draws of implementing a video content management system (VCMS) is the ability to consolidate all video content from various campus servers and manage it from a single, centralized resource — not unlike a “Campus YouTube.” Not only does having a central video resource streamline the user experience, but it also helps decrease IT support and management costs — particularly if a cloud-based video platform is chosen.

#4: Broad device and file format compatibility

Device compatibility affects the consideration of video platforms in two ways. First, the video platform must offer “plug-and-play” compatibility with the widest range of capture hardware and devices. From webcams to digital whiteboards, video-enabled microscopes to document cameras, the platform should be able to recognize and support recordings from nearly any capture device that can be plugged into a PC. Broad device support ensures that IT departments won’t have to worry about whether the school’s existing capture hardware is compatible with the new system, and lets professors concentrate on teaching rather than technology.

Second, the platform must be able to deliver video content to the widest range of devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablet computers. The growth in popularity of mobile devices on campus has only strengthened student expectations of being able to access course materials wherever and whenever they need. Therefore, videos must be able to be accessed from any device. To this end, the platform must be able to take videos that can be uploaded in any number of file formats and transcode them into the appropriate file types that can be viewed on all types of devices, regardless of form factor or operating system.

#5: Inside video search

Unlocking the full power of a campus video platform means enabling students to search for and find the specific parts of a video that can help them revise for exams, or revisit topics that were difficult to understand during class. However, hunting and pecking through video timelines is an inefficient and time-consuming way to search for specific content. Students should to be able to quickly find the information they’re looking for. Therefore, comprehensive video search functionality is a top priority, especially when lecture videos can often last an hour or more.

Leading educational video platforms use Automated Speech Recognition (ASR) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology to index every word spoken or appeared during a video in addition to ingesting PowerPoint/Keynote slide content and user-generated notes, so that viewers can locate specific pieces of information, then access the relevant portion of the video with a single click.

#6: Video analytics

The availability of analytics data is a priority for both IT administrators as well as instructors. IT staff require administrative analytics, consisting of practical information on system performance such as server health and network usage.

On the other hand, instructors are particularly interested in learning analytics, which include statistics on audience engagement and viewing activity (e.g. who stopped viewing and when). This information helps professors personalize video learning modules based on how their students are engaging with the content.

#7: Automated recording

Finally, IT administrators often inquire whether recordings can be scheduled in advance, so that professors don’t need to spend precious pre-class time fiddling with technology to set up a recording.

With automated recording, administrators are able to control all the video recordings and live webcasts currently taking place at the school from a single web browser. Recordings can be remotely scheduled on a one-time basis or for recurring events, beginning and ending at any time specified by the administrator. As soon as the event or lecture ends, the recording is automatically uploaded into the school’s video library, where it is transcoded and made available for students to access on-demand.


This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog.

Overvejer din organisation en videoløsning?

By | Nyheder

Brugen af en videoløsning i undervisningen er meget udbredt og flere universiteter har allerede indkoproeret det i deres forelæsninger.

Panopto er en mere effektiv videoløsning, hvis man ser på evalueringer fra CBS og Yale

Panopto og Kaltura er to internationale videoplatforme som universiteter og undervisningsinstitutioner verden over bruger i forbindelse med optagelse og arkivering af videoer. De to videoløsninger har flere funktionaliteter til fælles som:

  • Optagelse fra undervisningslokaler i forbindelse med forelæsninger
  • Understøttelse af selvstændig produktion af videoer
  • Understøtter Livestreaming
  • Mulighed for at video hosting og arkivering (VCMS)

Panopto og Kaltura er dog ikke ens og der er væsentlige forskelle mellem systemerne som man bør overveje før man vælger det ene system fremfor det andet. Hvor Panopto i højere grad er designet til uddannelsessektoren med unikke pædagogiske funktioner er Kaltura i højere grad er lavet til mediebranchen.

Yales valg faldt på Panoptos videoløsning

Yale Universitetet brugte tidligere Kaltura og Echo360 men ønskede én samlet videoplatform til optagelse, streaming og hosting som kunne understøtte blended learning, optagelse af undervisning osv. De bestilte derfor en rapport i 2014 for at undersøge hvilken videoplatform der bedst kunne opfylde deres behov, baseret på kriterier som:

  • Brugbarheden
  • Mulighederne for at optagelse og vedligeholdelse/arkivering af video
  • Tilgængelighed
  • Integrationen med eksisterende systemer (LMS)
  • Muligheden for livestreaming
  • Muligheden for videosøgning

Konklusionen på rapporten var, at Panopto var den platform der bedst opfyldte kriterierne. Dette betød at Yale i August 2016 underskrev en kontrakt med Panopto og fik konverteret over 10.000 timers videoindhold fra Kaltura og Echo360 over i Panopto.

Aftalen er et tegn på at Panopto er bedst designet til at håndtere et universitets behov for videoløsninger. med systemets tilgængelighed, der giver både underviserne og de studerende mulighed for at skabe indhold, har Panopto sikret at alle kan bruge systemet og dermed sikret at det kan løse langt de fleste behov.


CBS’ evaluering påpeger Panopto fremfor Kaltura

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) har benyttet Kaltura i over 4 år og Panopto i snart 3 år. I 2015 lavede CBS en lignende undersøgelse som Yales, hvor man stillede Panopto overfor Kaltura, for at se hvilken af de to systemer man skulle fortsætte med at benytte sig af. CBS kom også frem til at Panopto bedst understøttede de krav de stillede til platformen.

  • Systemet var allerede i stor udtrækning benyttet på skolen
  • Færre tekniske begrænsninger og mulighed for bedre skalering
  • Udviklingen af Panopto-platformen ville kunne erstatte de funktionaliteten man mistede med Kaltura
  • Pantopo understøtter bedre de forskellige E-learnings scenarier

Som med Yale, er en vigtig fordel var at alle studerende og undervisere selv kan skabe indhold. Da man samtidig lagde til grund at udviklingen af Panopto er længere fremme end Kaltura, viser det at der er en klar forskel mellem de to systemer.

Kontakt os for at høre mere om Panopto

Den bedste måde at undersøge hvad der bedst fungerer for din organisation er selvfølgelig at prøve det selv. Det er en god idé at få testet mulighederne og danne et overblik over hvad Panopto kan og hvordan den kan støtte jeres fremtidige læringsmetoder.

Hvis du vil prøve Panopto kan du kontakte os på nedenstående link.

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There is Much Potential for Video in Higher Education: It’s worth trying!

By | CBS, Nyheder

Case study: Copenhagen Business School

Assistant Professor Till Winkler has been intensely using video as part of his teaching at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). He is one of an increasing number of lecturers at CBS who use video to support their teaching by recording lectures, flipping the classroom, and creating a more blended in-class and online learning experience. Till shared with us some of the lessons he learned on his journey of using video in teaching. These experiences may inspire other readers on how video technologies can help adding quality and flexibility to teaching, as well as enable better control and allow the design of courses that address the increasing quality and efficiency pressures in higher education.

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Professor Winkler in a studio recording on Panopto Viewer

Simple Question: Why Video?

According to Till, video can be a valuable teaching tool for several reasons:

  • Providing a service for students to facilitate learning

Firstly, our interviewee explains that he started providing recorded lectures as an extra service to the students who were not able to attend his classes due to different reasons:

“Some people cannot make it to class, some have part-time jobs and parallel classes, so I thought it would be useful for those who can’t attend.”

Moreover, the professor wants to help his students to have access to the recorded lectures, if they need to study or recap before the exam:

<…> if they want to go back to the material and see what I have been saying about a specific topic or to a specific slide, they can do that easily for studying for the exam.”  

This not only helps the ones with special disabilities, but also addresses the various learning needs of the students.

  • Keeping guest talks and other special content for future use

Till described a situation arising during one of his elective courses, where he had a lot of guest speakers. Some of the guest speakers were coming in from far away. Therefore, he felt that he would waste the guests’ time, if they had to come every semester again, while still wanting to keep their contribution to the course:

“I found it not very optimal to have these people coming in every semester to tell similar things. <…> Their time is also precious and valuable. For example, one of them was a CIO driving down from Århus (a city in Northern Denmark, which is more than a three hours’ drive to Copenhagen) to CBS just for our talk.”

At first, he arranged with the video team at CBS to set up the equipment and record his guest speakers. After he saw how easy it was, he simply borrowed the recording equipment and recorded all subsequent talks himself, without the need for further assistance.

“I keep the recording and reuse it the next year without these speakers having to come in personally.”

Video recording was the perfect solution that could save his guest speakers’ time and maintain their contribution to his lectures.

  • Flipping the classroom and using in-class time more effectively

To record his lectures, Till has been using Panopto’s video solution. After having gotten more familiar with Panopto, he came to a point where he was ready to take his recordings to the next level and further develop his elective course “into something that is more online/offline blended or more of a flipped type of course”, as he described it. He admitted that he had gotten somewhat tired of repeating the same lecture every semester, and thus video opened a more exciting new way of teaching here. He said:

“It became bit dull to go there every year and explain the same content to the students that I already provided last year, like in a bad theatre. I felt, this was neither really rewarding for the students, nor very efficient for me.”

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Professor Winkler in a home recording on Panopto Viewer

That was one of the motivations for him to invest his time into the development of a blended course which included several sessions provided fully online. In the future, he plans to use these lectures to “flip” the classroom and thereby save valuable classroom time for more discussion and interaction. The “theatre” will then be left for the students to watch at home before and prepare each session.

  • Enabling better control and tracking the learning progress

In the process of developing the online material for this blended course, Till also began to recognize one additional benefit. Through packing all the lecture content into videos of 4-6 minutes and combining them with online activities such as quizzes, polls, and essays, he would be completely in control of the activities and objectives of each session. In comparison, Till admits that a lecturer’s performance may vary in traditional classroom teaching:

“When you go to the class, it’s a bit situational, there might be good weather, bad weather, you might be in a good mood or bad mood, so the class can sometimes take a different trajectory. After some sessions you go and think, ‘oh, this was a great class!’, and in the others you think, ‘I could have done better this’ or ‘I lost too much time on this or that discussion’. So there are lot of outside factors you can’t control.”

Therefore, using video not only solved some of the perceived inefficiencies mentioned above. It also enabled Till to design and track the learning progress of each student by the lectures that they viewed and the online activities they participated in.

Professor Winkler managed to adapt his pedagogical work to this new medium, using the Panopto video recording solution with the university’s learning management system:

“<…> You design the video lectures, you script them, you record them, you can make them as you like. And then you design the online activities, so, you control a lot. And you can see the participation of the students, if they participate. That’s another aspect I learned to like and that I used intensively to give the students feedback.”

Disregarding the fact that it took quite some time to script and record the lectures, he estimates that this effort will pay off in the long run. At least in the case of his course, he feels it’s the right way to go for both him and the students, to create his material once with a high level of quality and then continue to use and reuse it—while improving it gradually—over the coming years.

Students’ Feedback on Online Learning:

Professor Winkler was positively surprised about students’ feedback on his online classes. Responding to the question ‘Was the teacher able to engage me in class?’, students gave quite a good evaluation even though his sessions were provided online. Students felt engaged even though they would see these videos comfortably sitting at home or anywhere else. While reviewing the students’ feedback on the qualitative evaluation, he found most of the comments very encouraging:

“I realized students were feeling more engaged because they can do it at their own pace. While they are in class, the teacher might get involved in discussions with one of the students and then the others they just switch off and focus on something else. So, that’s why apparently many of them feel more engaged than in the classroom. It was actually quite interesting to learn about that.”

He speculates that this might have happened because students feel the proximity of their professor, like in a “one-on-one” session with their teacher while watching the recorded videos. In contrast, the classroom environment can cause distractions, when students are sitting in a classroom, leading them to feel less engaged in the lecture.

How Can Other Teachers Benefit from Using Video?

Remote Workforce: Teachers deliver quality from anywhere

Professor Winkler mentioned that during parts of the semester in which his course ran he was abroad for a research stay in the U.S. Due to the online format, however, this did not affect his teaching at all. Being able to record his lectures and provide them to the students in Denmark in an asynchronous manner gave him the flexibility needed to fulfil his teaching obligations, while not having to compromise on his research activities abroad. This is one of the great opportunities that video lecturing offers to researchers that teach in higher education.

Video especially suited for “concept heavy” courses

Although our interviewee mentioned a number of benefits related to video-supported learning, he also added that his course was a comparably “concept heavy” one, i.e. one that requires students to grasp quite a number of different theories and frameworks. Video lecturing was particularly well suited to provide this “one way” information transfer online. He says:

“In fact I had realised that the course was very concept heavy in nature, maybe even a bit too heavy for the attention span of students who would sit there and listen to a full lecture all at once.”

Through watching the videos at home, students get the opportunity to study these heavy parts at their own pace and at the time and place that is convenient for them.

“It’s worth trying!”

We asked Till what advice he could give to other teachers who would like to start using video for their teaching.  His response was simple: He sees it as a learning journey in which every teacher should try to experiment and find their own way on how to use the videos. After all, the application of this medium depends a lot on the course content and the current ways of teaching the course, but according to him, “it’s worth trying it.”

As for students, he believes: “Students simply feel it’s just a timely thing to do. It almost seems anachronistic to go to class and listen to someone talking for two hours. That’s maybe not the way how learning works in the 21st century. 

If you’re interested in trying out Panopto, the video solution used by Till Winkler at CBS, please, contact our team to receive a personalized demo, or sign up for a 30-day trial.

Invitation to Panopto’s Annual Conference: ‘Video from every angle’

By | Nyheder

Viducon is happy to invite you to our business partner’s Panopto, annual one-day conference.

The conference will be taking place in central London on Wednesday 9 November 2016.

The event theme this year will be ‘video from every angle’. The conference will bring together delegates from universities, colleges and schools to share best practice, network and learn about all the latest developments in video and multimedia content. There is no charge to attend.


Date: Wednesday 9 November
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm (followed by an informal drinks reception)
Location: America Square Conference Centre, London, EC3N 2LB
Register online here.

You should attend if you are:
– A member of your institution’s senior strategic team
– Tasked with enhancing the student experience
– A specialist in teaching and learning
– A learning technologist
– An e-learning professional
– An ICT specialist with a focus on AV technologies
– A teacher using, or thinking of using, video technology in the classroom

To ensure delegates from as many organisations as possible will be able to attend, we are initially able to offer three delegate spaces per institution, so sign up now to secure your place.

Additionally, if you are interested in getting involved in the programme, you can:

  • Nominate an academic from your institution to participate in a panel discussion
  • Nominate a student from your institution to participate in a student panel discussion
  • Suggest a topic for one of the afternoon breakout sessions – either a technical session or a pedagogical session

If you have an idea for content you’d like to present and you want to discuss it, please email Rebecca Avery: ravery@panopto.com.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!

5 Tips to Improve the Audio Quality in Your Presentation Recordings

By | Nyheder

We’ve all seen them before: online videos in which the audio
quality is so poor that it becomes difficult to pay Improving Audio Quality Panopto Presentation Recording Platformattention to the speakers or information being presented. When recording a presentation or preparing for a webinar, many people spend most of their effort making sure the video is perfect, and tend to overlook simple audio settings that can make or break the quality of a recording.Good audio quality is a critical component in ensuring your viewers stay engaged and don’t miss any part of your presentation. High-quality audio also improves the accuracy of speech search within your videos, making it easier for viewers to find and fast-forward to precise words or phrases mentioned by a speaker. Here are 5 simple tips that can make sure the audio in your presentation recordings are as clear and easy to hear as possible.

1. Remove as much ambient noise as possible.

In order to get the best sound quality out of your microphone, you need to be sure that you minimize any ambient noise in the room. Even seemingly innocuous room items like a spinning ceiling fan, which may be practically silent to you, can cause distracting background noise in your recording. Before you start recording, make sure that any fans are turned off and any office machines (such as a fax machine or printer) that could interrupt you are unplugged. If possible, we also recommend positioning your microphone away from your computer. PC fans can sometimes increase in speed due to hardware usage during a recording.

2. Choose the right equipment.

In many cases, your laptop’s onboard microphone or the microphone on your webcam will be sufficient if you’re recording in a small room with little ambient noise. On the other hand, if you’re in a conference or auditorium setting, you may want to consider using a uni-directional microphone. A uni-directional microphone ensures that only the sound from one direction will be picked up. By contrast, an omni-directional microphone will pick up sounds from all directions — which would capture distracting sounds from other people in a classroom or a common work area.

Two of our favorite microphones are the Blue Yeti and the Sony ECM-AW3. Both of these mics offer great sound quality at an affordable price. If you’re using Panopto, our broad device support ensures that whichever microphone you choose, all you need to do is plug it in. We take care of the rest.

3. If you choose to use music, leave it to the beginning and end of your presentation.

There’s nothing more distracting than having to listen to a music track being played underneath your vocals for an extended period of time. If you’d like to incorporate music into your presentation, limit the use to 5-6 seconds in the beginning and end of your video. Using music in this way can help introduce and close your session for your viewers.

However, be mindful of copyrights when using music for presentations. To keep things simple, we suggest using a stock audio site like AudioJungle or the audio section of iStockPhoto, where inexpensive royalty-free music clips can be purchased.

4. Keep an eye on your input volume.

To make sure that you’re recording at the right volume levels, it’s important that you pay attention to the input volume meter in your recorder. If you’re using the Panopto software for Windows, the input volume is on the right side of the screen; if you’re using our software for Mac, the input volume can be found near the bottom of the recording window.

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The Input Volume meter on the Panopto Recorder for Windows

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The Input Volume meter on the Panopto Recorder for Mac

As you record, you’ll want to keep your volume in the green zone. If you find that your voice is constantly metered in the red zone, your input volume is too high and your audio will be “clipped,” resulting in distorted audio during playback.

5. Don’t forget to sound check!

Although this step may seem to be a no-brainer, it’s one that many people miss. When you’ve finished setting up your presentation recording area and are almost ready to start, take a few minutes out to make a quick test video. It doesn’t have to be complicated — simply record yourself saying a few brief words. Once you’ve completed your test recording, Panopto will automatically upload it into your organization’s video library, where you can play it back to make sure that your audio and video quality are exactly as you want it. Making a test recording gives you the opportunity to make any necessary quick adjustments before you record your actual video, sparing you from any surprises in your final recording.

Do you have any other tips to ensure that your audio quality is crisp and clear? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Try it out for yourself
If you’re interested in learning more about how Panopto can help you improve elearning and communication at your business or university, contact us here.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog.

3 Ways to Use Video in Your Blended Learning Environment

By | Nyheder

As teachers continue using different technologies to improve learning both in and out of the classroom, video is quickly becoming their medium of choice. According to a 2011 article in College Teaching, versatility, accessibility, and the breadth of content offered by online video creates opportunities to enrich course content and improve student engagement through activities and discussion.

Naturally, here at Panopto we think video is one of the best ways to communicate ideas and stimulate discussion in the classroom. Here are some of our favorite ways to enrich the blended learning experience through video.

The Flipped Classroom

The fastest growing application for video in education is the flipped classroom, also known as “inverted teaching.” In flipped classroom scenarios, students watch a recorded lecture at home before class, then spend their time during class applying the lecture material through discussion or exercises guided by the instructor.

Many professors find that flipping their classes creates a more interactive, participatory learning environment, and students come to class better prepared to discuss the topic or ask questions. At Butler University in Indianapolis, where professors have been using Panopto since 2010, flipping the classroom has improved the quality of in-class discussion and has led to improved exam scores.

Student Recording

Teachers don’t have to always be the ones in front of the camera. Using-Panopto-Blended-Learning-Platform-at-Butler-UniversitySome universities are turning the tables by using their video learning platform for student skills practice and assessment.
At the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, students in their Business Communications course use Panopto to record their presentations, then play the videos back to critique their performances.

In addition to flipping classes, professors at Butler Universityassess students in their Physician Assistant program through video. Students record themselves interacting with standardized patients using an iPad or laptop, and those recordings are used in turn by their professors, who offer feedback on their performance.

 Augment In-Class Lectures with Video Tutorials

Video tutorials for viewing outside of class can help shed light on difficult topics that require a little bit more practice, or offer additional information for students that want to deepen their understanding. They can also be used to prepare students for an in-class lecture that have less experience with the subject at hand. Video learning platforms can make it easy for teachers who want to quickly and easily create mini-lectures or tutorials. With Panopto, all that’s needed is to hit the big red RECORD button, and Panopto automatically records the contents of the screen and indexes slides, other on-screen content, and the teachers spoken words for search. This functionality is particularly well-suited for demonstrating software, such as in this video from the University of Birmingham, demonstrating how a particular program should be used for an upcoming assignment.


To learn more about today’s modern lecture capture technology, contact us here.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture Capture

By | Nyheder

In less than a decade, lecture recording technology has shifted from novelty to necessity in universities around the world. Study after study now finds students expect their institutions to invest in more — and more sophisticated — lecture capture tools in order to facilitate better learning experiences.
Adding to the chorus today is new research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. After bringing Panopto’s lecture capture video platform to its classrooms, CU Anschutz invited all 1st and 2nd year students from the school’s Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy programs to weigh in on the value of the technology.

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In their responses to the survey, the students at CU Anschutz joined their peers around the globe with an overwhelmingly positive view of the value and importance of having lecture recordings available as study aids.

Along with confirming the value of providing lecture recordings for students, CU Anschutz also queried its students as to what lecture capture feature they valued most. The school’s findings suggest that today’s students have moved beyond the first “anything is better than nothing” mindset that characterized most early lecture recording toolsets, and have now come to rely on more advanced features to help make the video content an even better study aid.

Technical Features Today’s Students Expect in Lecture Recordings

In today’s market, there is no shortage of potential options when it comes to lecture capture platform features. So which capabilities which made the most difference to the students at CU Anschutz?

Comprehensive Search
Video content has always been notoriously difficult to search. Importance of Video Search UC Anschutz New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture CaptureEven today, most video platforms, even giants like YouTube, can only search by a recording’s title, tags, and description — a small fraction of the actual content of a video. And while that small amount may be enough to help the next latest 2 minute cat video go viral, today’s students have a greater need to meet.

The sheer amount of information shared in a lecture — recorded in videos that commonly run 60, 90, 120 minutes or more — mean that today’s lecture capture platforms need to go above and beyond the old standards of video content search, and index as much of the actual content of the video presentation itself as possible. To do just that, CU Anschutz relies on Panopto as the university’s video platform. Panopto’s Smart Search video content search capabilities index every word spoken, every word shown on-screen, every word included in presentation slides, and every word included in any added transcriptions, for every recording in the university’s Panopto video library. When students search, Panopto finds every moment their keyword occurs — and gives them the option to instantly fast-forward right to the relevant moment.

And according to the research, students have found that comprehensive video content search is absolutely essential. CU Anschutz reports the vast majority of students consider search a highly valuable feature that adds immensely to the utility of the lecture recordings.

Playback Speed
While search enables students to instantly seek out a particular moment for review, another common use students have for recorded lectures is simply to re-live the original classroom session. Yet, as students’ lives are increasingly pressed for time between readings and papers, athletics and jobs, student groups, family visits, and spending time with friends, finding an available hour or two just to re-watch a lecturer’s presentation can be a difficult proposition.

Change Playback Speed UC Anschutz New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture CaptureVariable speed playback capabilities offer an easy solution to the dilemma. With Panopto, CU Anschutz’s students can choose to watch any recorded lecture at regular speed, or to change the playback speed — up to twice as fast for a quicker review, or down to half speed to make it easier to follow along with complex concepts or when the speaker is difficult to understand.

For students at CU Anschutz, variable playback speed was the single most valued lecture capture feature — more than 4 in 5 rated the capability as highly valuable.

The common stereotype of today’s students is that they come from a connected generation that is always online. And while there can be little doubt students today spend a significant amount of their time working, playing, and interacting online, their connection to the internet isn’t quite as permanent as it may seem. Be it on the bus, in a break room, outside on the quad, in a parent’s house, or in countless other data-less sites, there are still many places in the world where students won’t have a solid connection to the web — and thus, are often unable to access resources like lecture recordings online.

Download Podcast UC Anschutz New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture CaptureHere too, however, a new lecture capture feature can come to the rescue. For CU Anschutz, Panopto allows every lecture recording to be downloaded as a video podcast that students can save to their smartphones, tablets, or laptops and watch on-demand from anywhere, whether or not they’ve got a wifi signal.

Students at CU Anschutz raved about the flexibility video podcasts offer for enabling personalized on-demand learning from anywhere, with more than two thirds listing the feature as highly valuable.

Students’ Opinions on the Value of Recorded Lectures

Along with the features that made lecture capture most useful, the University of Colorado Denver also heard students loud and clear when it came to the simple value of lecture capture as part of the learning experience.

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After rolling out Panopto on campus to 95% of its students, the majority of students found the technology was “extremely useful” for study and review, and all but a handful saw at least some value in the video.

So successful was the technology, it even made an impression on the students who didn’t get a chance to use it. Of the 5% of CU Anschutz students that didn’t experience a recorded lecture, more than 90% reported believing lecture capture would have been a useful addition to their unrecorded classes.

Lecture Capture and Attendance UC Anschutz New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture CaptureAnd notably, while a common concern among academics is that offering recorded classes will cause a spike in classroom absenteeism, the vast majority of CU Anschutz students reported that for their own use, lecture capture was simply an enhancement to the classroom enhancement, not a substitute for it. More than 9 in 10 reported that availability of lecture capture had little to no impact on their attendance.

Lecture capture technology is quickly becoming a student favorite and an essential resource. The results found at CU Anschutz follow those seen by Georgia Tech, Newcastle University, the University of Windsor, and many others.

A Simple, Proven Way to Enhance Learning Experiences

Lecture capture is all about flexible learning. Students come back to recorded lectures prior to exams and finals, and tools that enable targeted content review — for example, keyword search and high speed playback — help students get to the points they need right when they need them.

Likewise, as the modern student is often over scheduled and pulled in six directions at once, features that make review possible on their terms — via podcast, or at high-speed — help students fit studying into their lives more conveniently.

We’re proud to help the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus provide its students with a truly modern learning experience, and with a study aid that goes above and beyond simple replay to help learners really get to the information they need.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

This Week In Ideas Shared With Panopto — June 05, 2015

By | Nyheder

No more than a few decades ago, every news story shared the same 26 elements. Notwithstanding a photo here or an illustration there, the vast majority of information published and shared every day was comprised of text alone.

To be sure, video newsreels too have played a part in informing the public, but for the vast majority of their hundred year history, video news production was expensive and limited — most newsreels (and their successors, the nightly news broadcast) were exceptionally brief and only covered the basics.

For more information, deeper analysis, and a broader range of insights, one could only turn to the text published in daily newspapers.

But that dependence on text alone as a means to share information wouldn’t last. This week marks the birthdate of one of the great tipping points in how we share news — the introduction of CNN.

CNN obliterated the time constraints that had previously limited televised news, opening the door to investigate information in greater detail. In short order, there would be a dozen imitators, each offering access to information around the clock.

The success of the model served to highlight the public’s appetite for information, and helped to ensure that news and information would play a key part of the next revolution in how people share news — the Web. Online, news was shared first as text as newspapers opened digital publications throughout the 1990s, and in short order turned to video as sites like YouTube made public hosting a practical reality. That video use only continues to grow, as social sites embrace recording tools and as live streaming apps make their way to our mobile devices.

Now today print remains an iconic part of how news is delivered — but for the most part, now serves only as a summary of what information was shared with video the day before.

Yet as the decline of text news may be reaching its natural conclusion, another similar downfall is only just beginning — that of the emails, memos, and other text we share at work.

Like the news itself, corporate messages (internal and external alike) have long been text-only affairs. The advent of the A/V department in the 1980s saw a small uptick in video messages, but for the most part those were high-cost projects reserved for special occasions.

As it did to news media, however, the Web changed all that. Email enabled more voices to be heard and more ideas to be shared. And YouTube and handheld HD camcorders offered more opportunities to capture events, presentations, and activities and share them with a broader audience.

Now today, enterprise video platforms like Panopto are making sharing ideas and information via video fast, easy, and secure for any organization. With just one click, companies can record and share anything from conferences and meetings to proposals, recaps, and best practices.

The past hundred years have shown that information moves invariably to where it is best communicated. Early on, the easy distribution of text made the format a clear winner. But now as video becomes inexpensive, simple, flexible, and ubiquitous, the format’s ability to capture visual information alongside text is proving to be the way most people prefer to share and engage with information.

To be sure, text won’t be going away. All that video does is empower text to do what it does best — to supplement a presentation and add details where useful, rather than attempting to convey the information in full on it’s own.

This week we saw more and more people taking advantage of the power of video to share ideas, discuss information, and make a statement. And in the spirit of passing it on, these are just a few of the ideas shared this week with Panopto’s video presentation software.


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DEAP Learning & Teaching 2015 Conference Keynotes

The 2015 edition of the DEAP Learning and Teaching Conference at Leeds Beckett University  reflects the theme of student engagement and the spirit of exchanging experience within an academic community of practice. Join the school for these two lively conference keynote presentations, first from Dr Dilly Fung on re-thinking ‘good’ research-based education, and second from John Goodwin and Saffron Rose offering a Students’ Union perspective on the Higher Education sector and the student experience.


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Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy

Join the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) for the 5th edition of the organization’s annual research conference. This year’s theme isAgri-Health Research: What have we learned and where to next? The event also marks the launch of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Health Academy, a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing.


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An Update on Anemia Management in ESRD Patients

Dr Jay Wish visits the Henry Ford Medical Group to discuss the latest information on anemia management in End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients. Iron is vital for specific ESRD treatments to be effective, yet providing adequate amounts of iron may result in significantly higher than normal amounts of iron stored in the body afterwards. Dr Wish introduces the issue, and provides full details on the latest understanding of the issue.


Learn to Love Networking Panopto Video Presentation Platform This Week In Ideas Shared With Panopto — June 05, 2015

You Can Learn to Love Networking and Public Speaking

Sit in with the students of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law for this discussion of how anyone can get over the nerves commonly associated with networking and public speaking, and come to not only tolerate but truly enjoy the interaction. Covering the basics of small talk to real-world scenarios of how to network with confidence, this recorded lecture is a sharp class that will leave anyone better prepared for their next social event.


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Public Health: From the White House to Your House

Finally this week, join the audience at New York Medical College for University Dean Robert Amler’s examination of the state of public health in the United States and the role of the government in healthcare. Amler’s talk digs into the many major issues at that impact public health today, and then looks to local role to extend, supplement, and complement the role of the government.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

More than 32% of companies surveyed in Forrester’s report allow all employees to post video. Is your company prepared to facilitate this rising demand?

By | Nyheder

Across enterprises today, using video in the workplace is becoming the norm. For every person in an organization, the application varies: salespeople use video to reach out to contacts and customers when they can’t meet in person, executives use video to communicate earnings results and reorganizations, and employees use it to get up-to-speed and share their expertise with their peers.

It seems that, in one way or another, everyone is taking an interest in video. Forrester Research recently published a new report based on references from leading companies that are using enterprise video platforms to accomplish one or more of any number of tasks, including those listed above. What Forrester found was that while interest in video is ubiquitous throughout organizations, implementation is most often fragmented across subsidiaries, departments and job function use cases.

Forrester suggests that companies that have piloted video now have an opportunity to develop comprehensive video strategies, leveraging maturing enterprise video platforms. These video content management systems, which can integrate with content and learning management systems, handle recording, editing, storage and distribution of video inside and outside the corporate environment.

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Companies Are Getting More Sophisticated About Planning and Distributing Video Both Internally and Externally

Enterprises are using video to communicate with a host of stakeholders both external and internal. For each audience group, Forrester found that most customers were both broadcasting live and making videos available on-demand. For customer- and other external-facing video, live video was slightly more popular, while on-demand Corporate YouTube video was preferred for employee and internal-facing video content.

With no shortage of social media platforms and white-labelled video hosting services, companies have traditionally distributed their customer-facing videos on sites like YouTube and other hosting services. While public video websites like YouTube are effective for distributing tutorials, advertisements and archived webinars, they present a number of issues for the vast majority of companies that need to protect intellectual property and trade secrets contained within their video content.

For internal video, companies often still feel forced to turn to traditional file storage with links from enterprise social and collaboration networks to actually share video content.Modern enterprise video platforms have sophisticated security and permissions tools that make sharing confidential video with select internal audiences possible. Forrester found that even companies operating in highly regulated environments are increasingly moving to these cloud-based systems, allowing individuals to record, upload and even webcast video from any device.

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Enterprise is, For the First Time, Opening Up the Production of Video — and the Sharing of Knowledge — to All of Their Employees

A second significant consideration that Forrester identified as a trend for customers deploying enterprise video is the rapidly rising importance of employee access to video recording and sharing tools inside the workplace.

Traditionally, video has been the purview of creative and media services departments, with teams of videographers, producers and editors managing the production process from beginning to end. While video hosting solutions sometimes allowed companies to create a portal for their employees to consume video, they typically don’t provide a way for employees to record and share their own video content with their colleagues.

Increasingly, corporations are realizing that the production of video need not be kept under lock and key. Employees, who often use video in their personal lives to chat with friends and preserve family moments, are eager to create and share knowledge at work too. And leading companies are embracing this desire.

By providing video-based social learning software, corporations can leverage their employee’s expertise in a way that can be saved for later use, whether that’s two weeks or two years later. This is especially effective in capturing the institutional knowledge of outgoing employees and the subsequent onboarding of new team members to take their place.

Today, more than 32% of companies surveyed in Forrester’s report allow all employees to post video, with more intending to do so.

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Companies Are Producing and Consuming More Video Than Ever. How Can IT Professionals Ensure Corporate Networks Keep Up with Demand?

Video now makes up more than 57% of all Internet traffic. That’s little surprise to anyone who has enjoyed a movie at home with Netflix or watched a YouTube video while on the go.

But video is rapidly flooding corporate networks, presenting a major technical challenge for IT professionals. Gartner predicts that by next year, the average employee will stream over 16 hours of video each and every month.

Over the years, vendors have offered no shortage of technologies to help their customers deliver video across an intranet. With fragmentation and long-term uncertainty about the technical delivery of video across networks, it’s no wonder more than 25% of businesses surveyed in the Forrester report had yet to implement a network solution to support the growing use of video.

Fortunately, out of the noise of legacy video protocols and the confusion of evolving network infrastructure requirements, a clear answer is emerging. Modern HTTP-Based Streaming presents a series of new opportunities for organizations to use existing network infrastructure for more scalable, cost-effective video delivery, and may just be the key to helping today’s organizations keep pace with the rapid rise of video in the workplace.ICON WP Modern Streaming Video in the Enterprise WANop 234x300 Beyond the Tipping Point: The Latest on How Modern Organizations Leverage Video Technology

To learn more about the latest trends in Modern Streaming and network optimization, download a free copy of our white paper: “Modern Video Streaming in the Enterprise: Protocols, Caching, and WAN Optimization.”

Enterprise Video is Prepared to Makes Waves

By holistically examining enterprise video strategy utilizing a video content management system like Panopto, organizations can better manage their institutional expertise, market to potential customers across the Internet, and help salespeople reach their goals, all without sacrificing security or cannibalizing network bandwidth.


This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

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