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Yale valgte Panopto på grund af disse 7 vigtige ting

By | Nyheder

7 ting som Yale ledte efter i en fælles videoløsning til hele universitetet

 

Da video blev introduceret i starten som en del af undervisningen på Yale universitet, var det, det samme som på mange andre undervisningsinstitutioner – det var uformelt og baseret ud fra den individuelle undervisers kreativitet. 

En håndfuld entusiastiske undervisere søgte, uafhængigt af Yale, efter optagelses værktøjer, til at understøtte specifikke elementer i deres undervisning. Hvis værktøjerne endte med at være en succes, så pressede de deres afdeling til officielt at støtte disse værktøjer. Over de sidste 2 årtier har video bevist sig at være en nyttefuld ressource på Yale, i form af: Optagning af forelæsninger, “laboratorier” til undersøgelse og observering, streaming af undervisning og universitets begivenheder, muligheden for lave flipped classroom undervisning, uddele video opgaver og meget mere.     

Men i takt med, at undervisningsvideoer blev værdifulde for både undervisere og studerende, så var det lige så hurtigt blevet en besværlighed for Yales læringsteknologi team at holde styr på.   

Udfordringen: Utilregnelig og Ineffektiv Video Support 

I 2014 bestilte Yales IT komité en rapport, til bedre at kunne forstå det fulde spektrum af video relaterede tjenester, der i øjeblikket var i brug på universitetet. 

Det komitéen fandt, var udfordringer der omhandlede den utilregnelige og ineffektive brug af video. 

Over tid, havde skolen adopteret en række video tjenester. Både Echo360 og Kaltura havde været købt som primære videoløsninger, selvom Vimeo, Youtube og iTunesU også blev brugt ofte. Når alt kom til alt, så rapporterede komitéen, at Yale havde:

  • Intet centralt bibliotek for deling af medie materialer 
  • Ingen deling af videoer på tværs af universitetet 
  • Ingen adgang til video biblioteker på andre web-baseret værktøjer, der blev brugt til at undervise 

For administratorer, krævede den decentraliserede tilgang til video, nogle medarbejdere til at vedligeholde en komplekst lappeløsning af videotjenester – på tværs af universitetet.  

For de studerende betød det, at de skulle lære alle disse løsninger for at kunne finde ud af, hvordan de skulle bruge dem. 

De 7 Essentielle Elementer for Video 

Baseret ud fra denne feedback, udsøgte Yale en forenet video platform der kunne tage hånd om behovene fra underviserne, medarbejderne og de studerende fra alle afdelinger. Universitetets center for læring og undervisning, IT service teamet og 6 repræsentanter fra Yales professionelle skoler, satte sig sammen og gennemgik egenskaberne fra 8 forskellige video platforme. Hver platform blev evalueret ud fra en række kriterier, herunder:

  1. Brugervenlighed
  2. Værktøjer til videoproduktion og organisering af medier 
  3. Accessibility/Tilgængelighed  
  4. Integration med LMS ‘Canvas’ og ‘Sakai’ 
  5. Kvaliteten af support fra leverandøren
  6. Live streaming
  7. Video søgning 

Da de var færdige med evalueringen, viste Panopto sig at være den video platform der bedst mødte Yales krav. Eftersom, at Panopto scorede højest på de 3 af universitetets mest vigtige prioriteter: brugervenlighed, værktøjer til videoproduktion og organisering af medier og Accessibility/Tilgængelighed. Efter en ekstensiv gennemgang, så stemte alle de involverede gruppe medlemmer om, at Panopto skulle erstatte universitetets eksisterende kontrakter med Kaltura og Echo360. Afstemningen blev et enstemmigt ja fra alle medlemmer. “Video er blevet til en fundamental del af, hvordan vores studerende lærer på selve universitetet og online.” Sagde John Harford,  Manager of Collaboration Technologies, Yales center for læring og undervisning. “Eftersom, at vi øger brugen af video på tværs af universitetet, så er det nødvendigt, at vi har et integreret system til video management og optagelse af forelæsninger. Baseret ud fra vores evaluations kriterier, så har Panopto vist sig at være det helt rigtige valg for os.” 

Undervisernes Anerkendelser af Video 

Ud fra udvalgets omfattende analyse, så ville Yale gerne forstå, hvordan undervisere ville opleve Panopto i undervisningen. Efter Panopto blev valgt, så blev 3 instruktører inviteret til at bruge video platformen i deres forårssemester forelæsninger. Efter prøveperioden udløb, så bakkede alle meget entusiastisk op om at flytte over til Panopto, fra de tidligere benyttede video platforme Kaltura og Echo360. 

Douglas McKee, tidligere bestyrelsesmedlem og senior underviser i økonomi på Yale, og nu senior underviser på Cornell University, synes Panopto var utrolig brugervenligt. “Panopto’s video bibliotek er meget mere brugbart, end de andre platforme jeg har brugt (MediaCore, Echo360 og Kaltura),” skrev McKee. “Ligeledes så er Panopto’s søgning betydeligt bedre. Jeg kan specielt godt lide, at den automatisk indekserer, hvert ord der bliver sagt og vist i mine præsentationer, og at søgning resultaterne peger direkte til tidspunktet i videoen, hvor ordet bliver brugt. Mine studerende elsker det.”

Sybil Alexandrov, senior underviser i spansk og portugisisk på Yale, var positivt overrasket over hendes mulighed for at benytte Panopto, til at gøre hendes forelæsninger mere interaktive. “Det var fedt at være i stand til at bruge Panopto, til at kommentere direkte på videoer, og derefter åbne op for en diskussion for de studerende”, sagde Alexandrov. 

Angela Lee-Smith, senior underviser i øst asiatiske sprog og litteratur på Yale, sagde også, at video platformen gik langt over hendes forventninger. “Panopto var meget nem og praktisk for alle at bruge, for både undervisere og studerende,” noterede Lee-Smith. “Jeg ville absolut anbefale Panopto, til andre undervisere.”  

Lige nu kører Panopto en kampagne for universiteter, der er interesserede i at skifte fra Kaltura. For at lære mere om Panoptos specialtilbud, kan du læse mere om det her:

https://www.panopto.com/about/news/panopto-announces-new-migration-incentives-for-kaltura-customers/

Kontakt Viducon for mere information om Panopto på info@viducon.dk. 

 

Hvordan bruges Swivl i skoler?

By | Nyheder

Video observationer der styrker og informerer undervisere

Udover en smart robot, så tilbyder Swivl også en komplet software platform, til at hjælpe dig med at skabe en kultur af support, inden for dit professionelle udviklingsprogram. Platformen er designet til at støtte samarbejdet mellem lærere, coaches og administratorer. Del videoer nemt, reflektér over instruktioner i undervisningen og engager i øvelsen af at give- og modtage meningsfuld feedback. Kombineret med den prisvindende og patenterede robot, så med videoobservationer med Swivl, bliver alle studerende set og hørt ligeligt. Hvilket ultimativt fører til transformerende akademiske resultater for de studerende. 

 

Klasseværelse Observationer

Lav et holistisk syn over ethvert klasseværelse, ved at optage både lærere og studerende.

Selv-reflektion 

Undervisere optager videoer til at selv-reflektere over, i deres egen undervisning. 

Instruktions coaching

Med Swivl cloud, der nemt og effektivt assisterer lærere med meningsfuld feedback.

Bedste praksis biblioteker 

Lav et bibliotek med din skoles eksemplariske lektioner, til deling med nye lærere.

Personliggør læring 

Forstå dine studerendes behov gennem optagede interaktioner i klassen, og gå aldrig glip af et moment igen.  

 

40.000+ skoler rundt omkring i verden bruger Swivl

 

“Èn af mine undervisere kiggede mig ind i øjnene og sagde: ‘Dette er hvad jeg har ledt efter i hele min karriere’. Denne veteran der har undervist i 26-år, modtog sin Swivl og begyndte at møde op på skolen om lørdagen for at øve sine kompetencer.” 

  • Dr. Joe Childs, Rektor på Mitchell High School, SD  

Lærere er i stand til se og høre deres studerende klart og tydeligt, ved brug af multi kamera funktioner og supplerende mikrofoner. Reflektér over deres praksis, forbedrer studerendes interaktioner i klassen og annotér under optagelsen med live bogmærkning. Swivl er også perfekt til elev-projekter, ‘flipped classroom’, fjernundervisning og meget mere! 

Coaches er i stand til nemt og hurtigt at interagere med undervisere, ved brug af Swivl platformen. Del, samarbejd og interager i konstruktive samtaler, ved brug af tidsstemplet feedback, samt tilpassede og fleksible kommentar kategorier.

Administratorer er i stand til at styre brugere, lave grupper med delt indhold, bygge bedste praksis biblioteker og observere lærernes fremskridt. Samt engagere og assistere lærere, når som helst og hvor som helst.   

For mere info om Swivl eller, hvis du gerne vil have en prøveperiode med Swivl, så kontakt Viducon

An Easier Way To Train and Retain New Employees

By | Nyheder

As an employer, you want to ensure that all of your new hires are set up for success from the moment they walk through the door on their first day. You’re not alone. An increasing number of organizations have come to realize that effective new employee training — otherwise known as employee onboarding — is a crucial factor in unlocking the full potential of your new recruits.
Train New Employees with Video - Panopto Video Platform
But did you know that an effective employee onboarding practice also has a positive impact on employee retention?

Research has shown that good employee onboarding practices lead to higher job satisfaction, better job performance, and have stronger commitments to their organizations. According to the Aberdeen Group, companies that offer an onboarding program have an average employee retention rate of 86%. In contrast, companies without onboarding programs experienced an average retention rate of 56%. That’s a jarring difference, especially when, according to BambooHR, re-filling a position made vacant due to poor onboarding techniques costs companies an average of nearly $11,000.

Despite this evidence, some HR departments continue to struggle with putting together impactful and scalable employee onboarding programs. Often, these organizations are spending large portions of their yearly budgets on in-person training events and their associated travel and logistics expenses.

How Does Video Enhance New Employee Training?

The use of internal video platforms or “corporate YouTubes” has enabled forward-thinking companies to deliver engaging, effective onboarding programs at scale without breaking the bank.

  • Reduction in training costs. From transportation and meals, to booking speakers and activities, the costs of providing live training events and meetings can add up. Before moving much of its training to an elearning format, IBM was spending 40% of its classroom training costs on travel and lodging alone. By remotely delivering video training, companies can reduce the need for multiple live training events and meetings. Employees, in turn, can receive training on-demand, searching videos for specific content and replaying important points as needed.
  • Improved knowledge retention. Training Retention Statistic - Panopto Video PlatformStudies have shown that 30 minutes after a training session, people retain just 58% of the material covered. That number drops down to 35% in 7 days, and dips even further to just 10% six months later. However, according to researchers Rusted & Coltheart, presentations that include visual elements, such as video along with text, improve the ability to remember information more effectively. Video helps your training content become more memorable through a much more engaging medium than text alone.
  • Enables fresh content updates. Nothing spoils an onboarding experience more than outdated content. Modern video platforms make it easy to update training videos without having to start from scratch. Look for a video platform that allows content creators to easily splice in updated presentations, web pages, or PDFs to existing training videos so that your training content is always fresh and up-to-date.
  • Improved employee engagement and connectedness. Employee onboarding isn’t just about training — it’s also about introducing your new hires to the culture and values of your company. Video can be used to help introduce your team members to each other, deliver personalized messages from your executive team, and familiarize themselves with the names and faces they’ll interact with every day — whether they’re 5 feet or 5,000 miles away.

 

Interested in Learning How Video Can Help You Train New Employees?

ICON-Onboarding White Paper - Make Every First Day A Good OneIf you’re looking to create an effective video onboarding program, download our free white paper, Make Every First Day a Great One. In it, we discuss 15 ways that you can use video to enhance new employee training, and show you how to develop a video onboarding program that works.

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.

Panopto Update 6.0 – New Powerful Analytics

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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?

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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

The University of Copenhagen will Explore New Teaching Methods by Using Panopto

By | Nyheder

2Three institutes (MEF*, DANSK** and TORS***) of the Faculty of Humanities at Copenhagen University, will start using Panopto from the fall semester 2017 for lecture capturing, flipped classrooms and blended learning.

Guy Geffen, one of the representatives of the project at TORS (Department of Multicultural and Regional Studies), explains that the goal of the project is to be more “up to date” when it comes to teaching methods. Therefore, according to him, modern teaching methods such as flipped classroom, blended learning and lecture capture, should be obvious part of teaching these days.

One of the major user cases for the use of video, is recorded lectures, where it is expected that lecture recordings could potentially assist students to better perform in their exams, by giving them the possibility to reflect on material learned during the long semester.

Lecturers who joined the project, sincerely believe, that video is a good additional tool for assisting the students and by that better their learning process – they can review the lectures at their own pace and time, according to their individual needs.

20170628_110554Mr. Geffen, who teaches language at the University of Copenhagen, believes that “language learning is learning by doing”. However, according to him, they are facing an issue at the university, where they only have approx. 8 hours per week, for the different language studies at TORS. This makes it very difficult for those students who are enrolled in language studies, to achieve optimal learning and perform well at the exams.

As part of the project, teachers will be able to apply flipped classrooms and blended learning methods by using Panopto’s video solution. These methods will hopefully free more time from the 8 teaching hours available, for more hands-on and learning by doing, as mentioned by Mr. Geffen.

„We believe flipped classroom will give us the extra time needed for teaching in the classroom“.

Students can watch the video at their convenience, by that giving more time for exercising and training in the classroom together with the teacher.

As for lecture recordings, Mr. Geffen also mentions the additional service, which this provides to the international students, helping and giving them more flexibility in their studies at the University of Copenhagen.

20170628_110847There are several other ideas of how to use Panopto’s video solution, where one of them is to have students produce their own videos – f. ex. submitting their assignments or presentations in video format by using Panopto’s mobile app and recording software (PC or Mac), which makes the handing-in of video assignment, a straightforward process.

Participants of the project are highly excited about trying these new methods of teaching, using a video solution which can cover for many of those user cases.

The project will officially take place from June 2017 to January 2018, with the goal of evaluating those new teaching methods and Panopto’s video solution.

* Institut for Medier, Erkendelse og Formidling – Department of Media, Recognition and Communication

** Bachelor i dansk – Bachelor of Danish

*** Institut for Tværkulturelle og Regionale Studier Københavns Universitet – Department of Multicultural and Regional Studies

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.

Participating in SmartLearning’s Digital Learning Conference 2017

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

By | Nyheder

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

By | Nyheder

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.
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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

By | Nyheder

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

Case Study: CBS students embrace lecture capture and the numbers show it!

By | Nyheder

Lecture Capture at Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is one of the largest business schools in Europe and one of the 8 Danish universities. CBS has been recording lectures since 2010 and using Panopto’s video solution to record lectures since 2013. Lecture capture is used to assist students in their general studies and more specifically to provide a service to those who are unable to attend. The number of courses being recorded is increasing year by year (19 courses in 2015) and at some departments lecture capture has been in use for several consecutive years. In the past year, CBS has experienced an exponential increase in the amount of lecture recordings viewed by the students, compared to previous years.

BM0128_CBS_SolbjergPlads-2918Copenhagen Business School (photo by Bjarke MacCarthy)

In courses where lecture capture has been available, students have taken full advantage of the recordings, where course evaluations have shown that they are delighted with the option of using online lectures as an additional learning resource. In 2015, we saw a massive growth in the students’ use of the lecture capture recordings. According to the viewing analytics, the number of views per course have increased dramatically in most of the courses recorded. This made us pose the question: “Are we dealing with a new generation of students, who find the availability of lectures online, to be a natural part of their learning process?”

What some students thought about lecture capture:

“The lecture recordings helped me a lot. I got all the key points and a better understanding, as I was able to pause and rewind and so on”

“They helped a lot! I could pause the lecture, take the important notes and start it again”

“They helped me a great deal. Some of them I watched several times, if I had found something particularly difficult”

77.675 minutes viewed compared to 24.941 per year, the year before!

What took us by surprise was that in some courses, viewing minutes have tripled in 2015. In the course ‘Theoretical Positions’, viewing minutes increased from 24.941 minutes for the 18 lectures recorded in 2014 to 77.675 minutes for the same amount of lectures and number of students, in 2015. As the same pattern of increased viewing was visible in most of the courses recorded in 2015, we wanted to ask the students what they think of learning technologies such as lecture capture and the idea of lectures being distributed online.

CaptureThe graph demonstrates that viewing minutes have tripled in 2015. The numbers are taken from Panopto analytics.

Therefore, at the end of the semester, we sent a survey out to the students who attended ‘Theoretical Positions’ and ‘Strategic Communications’ courses, and asked them to give feedback on their experience with the lecture recordings. The survey was sent to the students, where their feedback gave us insight as to their reason for using the recordings, their view on how lecture capture helped them in their studies and the role that they see for lecture capture in their future studies. Knowing already the large number of viewing minutes, it was no big surprise that the students expressed their enthusiasm for the recordings. Nevertheless, here are some of their comments, explaining why they made use of the lecture recordings.

The reasons students mentioned that they were watching the recorded lectures

1. Not being able to participate at the lecture for different reasons:
• “I was not able to participate due to work, sickness or double bookings”
• “I had some overlapping courses last semester, which meant that I was very glad that the lectures were accessible online”

2. According to students, the recordings helped them to better prepare for the exam:
• “For the exam I saw all the lectures again to be better prepared”
• “For the exam I watched specific lectures as I forgot some definitions, which I wanted to use in my exam paper”

3. Recordings helped them control or regulate their learning pace. This in turn helped them in taking notes, as they were able to pause or revisit lectures:
• “It was nice to take notes again if something was missed in class”
• “I could pause the lecture, take the important notes and start it again”

4. The course was difficult or there were some specific difficult topics. ‘Theoretical Positions’, for example, stretches over 18 lectures over the course of 3 months, making the possibility to revisit lectures, seemed to be valuable for students:
• “The course was a quite difficult, which was the main reason I watched the videos”
• “It was a good way to refresh the lecture, if there was something I did not understand during class. It is easier to understand complicated points in the lectures if you watch them again”
• “They helped me a great deal. Some of them I watched several times, if I had found some things in particular to be difficult”

The main theme that explains why students appreciate lecture capture recordings can be condensed to one word: flexibility. In the students’ replies, we saw them refer to flexibility in several different contexts. 1) flexibility in terms of the limited amount of time students have to balance between work and studies, 2) flexibility in terms of physical restrictions, which can include illness or being in exchange abroad, 3) flexibility to follow the lectures at their own time and at their own pace, and 4) flexibility in terms of the other courses they attend (some students had electives that overlapped, with lectures being conducted at the same time).

As students face an increasing pressure to complete their studies in the time frame afforded them, they come to appreciate the increased flexibility that follows the lecture capture initiative.

Here are but some of the students comments on this matter:

• “Lecture capture gives much better flexibility to still “attend” all classes even though you cannot show up in person, (because the courses are overlapping). E.g. when having electives”
• “It’s a fantastic tool for students that have a busy schedule or just lectures that collide with each other”
• “Flexibility with the study jobs in case you cannot attend, and the option of recapping a lecture”

Christian_KampmannProfessor Christian Erik Kampmann, which uses lecture capture at CBS.

“We have the technology, why not use it?”

Students were disappointed that none of their other courses were being recorded, especially since the lecture capture technology, Panopto, is widely available for professors and lecturers. As one student expresses his frustration by saying “Sometimes you just can’t attend (the class) because of several different reasons, including illness, and I think that if you have the will to learn you should have the opportunity to do so. We have the technology, why not use it?”

Students adore lecture recordings, but how can universities benefit from it?

Many of the comments made by the students, were about how the recordings help them in their studies, where they mentioned flexibility, the ability to learn at their own pace, overlapping courses and the difficulty to attend classes due to internship, illness, work etc. Can we then assume, that recorded lectures might be a tool that helps students graduate on time? Looking at the comments on the survey on how much it helped them and more specifically at what these two students wrote, we assume it might in some cases.

• “Yes, because I moved away from Copenhagen the last month of the semester, so I could still attend school by watching the videos”
• “Since I live in Sweden and work 50% besides school, it helped me to catch up on what I missed, when I did not have the opportunity to attend a lecture”

Conclusion

The specific reason for the number of minutes viewed, increasing so exponentially, was difficult to pinpoint. What we were able to identify though, is that this generation of students immensely appreciates the flexibility afforded to their studies by lecture capture technology. Students saw it as a great tool to assist in their learning, both in situations where they could not attend lectures but also for repetition and reflection on lectures, which they already have attended but wanted to review  in preparation for the exam.

For educational institutions there are also advantages in providing students with flexibility. By helping students in their studies and giving them tools to support their learning process, maybe we would see more students graduate in the future. At the very least, one thing is clear: students make good use of lecture recordings, and if it were an option, they’d like to see more of their lectures recorded. As a way of finalizing this case study, here are some of the comments made by the students when asked if they think that lectures should be recorded in the future again?

“Definitely yes. It is a big help”
• “Yes, It helped me a lot in understanding”
• “Absolutely, the videos allow the student to study much more thoroughly”
• “All lectures should be recorded, it’s a really big help when you study for the exam”
• “Please, please, please: Make this a common thing in ALL lectures!!!”

 

For more information concerning the technology (Panopto) behind the recorded lectures, please contact:
Viducon (viducon.dk)
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Phone: +45-50 32 97 88

Videoforelæsninger er et hit hos de studerende på CBS

By | Nyheder

Siden år 2013 har Copenhagen Business School (CBS) brugt Panopto til at optage de studerendes forelæsninger. Panopto er en amerikansk udviklet videoløsning, der efterhånden er blevet et centralt værktøj for over 700 undervisningsinstitutioner verden over.

En lang række videregående uddannelser i Danmark oplever, at mere end hver fjerde studerende falder fra allerede det første år af deres uddannelse[1]. Årsagerne til dette er mange men:

Kunne videooptagede forelæsninger få de studerenes frafaldsprocent til at falde?

I slutningen af 2015 lavede CBS og Viducon en undersøgelse af de studerendes holdning til videooptagede forelæsninger. Her blev det tydeligt, at der er et behov for en sådan mulighed. Spørger man de studerende, er fordelene ved at videooptage forelæsninger mange. Først og fremmest, giver muligheden for at se forelæsninger online de studerende fleksibilitet i en nogle gange tidspresset hverdag. En studerende sagde: ”Sidste semester tog jeg nogle fag der overlappede hinanden. Derfor blev jeg meget glad, da jeg så, at det var muligt at se undervisningen online

Andre studerende bruger forelæsningerne online, når de skal læse op til eksamen, eller hvis en vigtig pointe eller et begreb fra undervisningen skal genopfriskes. ”Da jeg skulle skrive min eksamensopgave genså jeg nogle bestemte forelæsninger, fordi at jeg havde glemt nogle af de definitioner som vi havde haft i undervisningen og som jeg gerne ville bruge i min opgave”.

Christian_KampmannPå billedet ses professor Christian Erik Kampmann der benytter sig af videooptagede forelæsninger.

For CBS var der to overordnede formål ved at tilbyde videooptagede forelæsninger. For det første, ønskede CBS at optimere de studerendes generelle læringsoplevelse. For det andet, var det vigtigt for CBS, at give de studerende, der ikke kunne deltage i undervisningen, en mulighed for at ”læse op” og følge med i undervisningen, så de ikke kom bagud.

Tallene taler for sig selv!

I år 2013 streamede en klasse på omkring 80 elever sammenlagt 21.000 minutters videoforelæsning. To år efter var tallet steget tre gange og i 2015 blev der streamet 77.500 minutter. Det antyder, at der er ved at ske et skift i den måde som studerende tilegner sig viden på, og hvordan de ønsker at modtage undervisning.

GrafGrafen viser, at studerende i stigende grad ser forelæsninger online. Tal fra Panopto Analytics.

Her er det vigtigt at understrege, at muligheden for videooptagelser af forelæsninger ikke er ensbetydende med, at de studerende fravælger at komme til undervisningen, da de studerende stadig synes det er vigtigt, at kunne interagere med deres underviser og medstuderende. Derfor skal videooptagelser ses som et supplement til deres face-to-face undervisning. Som en studerende sagde:

”Muligheden for at se forelæsningerne online har hjulpet mig meget til at forstå vigtige pointer og sammenhængen, fordi jeg kunne pause og spole tilbage i undervisningen”

Viducon leverer videoservices og vejleder uddannelsesinstitutioner og virksomheder i brugen af online videoløsninger med det formål at forbedre undervisning og online træning ved at gøre læring tilgængelig når som helst, og hvor som helst. For at starte en 30 dages prøveperiode af Panopto følg linket her.Kunne det tænkes, at den fleksibilitet som online forelæsninger giver de studerende, samt at det er et godt redskab når de studerende skal læse op til eksamen, kan være med til at lette hverdagen for de studerende og derved øge sandsynligheden for at de gennemfører deres studie? Det er værd at overveje.

[1] http://jyllands-posten.dk/indland/ECE8538535/stort-frafald-paa-en-raekke-universitetsuddannelser/.

They Don’t Like Lecture Capture, They Love It!

By | Nyheder, Thoughts and Discussion

Modern lecture capture no longer has to be a lengthy boring video, but can be an interactive learning tool for students. Many today still see lecture capture as boring videos, where students find it hard to concentrate due to their length. This is the reason why some regard lecture capture as not being pedagogical. Modern lecture capture, however, has turned this around.

While it’s true that students can find it hard to concentrate through the full length of a lecture recording, modern lecture capture technology provides a solution for that, by helping students identify specific topics that they wish to reflect on.

With today’s lecture capture technology, such as Panopto, students have the possibility to search every word in the presentation, search every spoken word in the lecture (by means of Automatic Speech Recognition), sift through slides, take time-stamped notes, and use many other interactive features that help them find topics they wish to review.

Udklip af eksempel på lecture capture

Giving students the possibility to search, take notes and thereby interact with the lecture recording, increases the effectiveness of their learning process and supports the pedagogical process that the individual student goes through.

Using Panopto’s analytics tool, we have followed closely how participants of the course Theoretical Positions in HA(kom) at Copenhagen Business School, were using the lecture capture recordings.

We observed the 90 students, who viewed over 75.000 minutes of the 18 lectures recorded. What we saw was, that not only did the students love the recordings, but also that the way which they viewed the recordings was very different to the lengthy boring viewing pattern, many assume lecture capture to be used by students.

In February we will be publishing a case about what took place in this specific class and go more in detail about the viewing patterns, which we saw in students’ interaction with modern lecture capture technology.

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

How Siemens Captured a 3-Day Conference — Using Only Laptops, Webcams, and Panopto

By | Nyheder

Not long ago, more than 800 people gathered in Madrid, Spain, guests of Siemens PLM Software. The event: an internal conference designed to deliver expert knowledge sharing and hands-on technical training.

For two and a half days employees attended intensive sessions focused on building skill sets, sharing best practices and increasing detailed technical understanding of the full potential of the company’s industry-leading product lifecycle management software options.

And starting just one week later, hundreds of people who weren’t in Madrid attended the sessions as well.

The Challenge: Capturing a large internal conference on video and sharing quickly
The Solution: An all-in-one software-based service for video recording, editing, organizing and sharing
The Result: A complete library of conference videos ready just one week after the event

While hosting 800 people is no small feat, that’s just a fraction of Siemens’ worldwide staff. Realizing that many of the employees that weren’t able to join the conference could benefit from the kind of knowledge shared there, event planners came up with a strategy for recording and sharing the entire conference.

Over three days and across 8 rooms the team recorded and captured 35 speakers and in more than 30 event sessions.

And they did it using only standard webcams, USB microphones, the presenters’ own laptops . . . and Panopto.

Just to be safe, the team brought in their own camcorders as a backup measure. Then they waited for the result. None of the camcorder videos were ever used; the webcams worked.

Here, we tell you how.

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The Challenge

First, though, a little background.

While planning their big employee conference in Madrid, Siemens faced a common challenge: how to preserve their valuable presentations in a manner that would be both timely and cost-effective.

Past experience proved this was no small problem. The traditional event recording process presented a number of problems, chiefly:

  • Expensive personnel and equipment. Event planners had to budget for professional AV consultants and videographers as well as numerous microphones, camcorders and other expensive hardware.
  • Complex, labor-intensive execution. Even the professional AV consultants sometimes struggled with capturing multiple concurrent sessions—and with adhering to tight schedules. Equipment setup was time-consuming, as was the process of uploading the videos into the editing software after they were recorded.
  • Slow delivery of final product. Once captured, videos still had to undergo multiple rounds of lengthy post-production editing before they could be seen or shared.

Due to these persistent problems, Siemens’ conference planners forecast that recreating their conference digitally would take 200 hours of work, and wouldn’t be ready for 30 to 45 days after the event.

And so, the team decided to try something different this time.

They used Panopto instead.

Siemens Quick Facts - Panopto Video PlatformSiemens’ conference was a big one. Even so, the team was able to record and share everything with just a few laptops, webcams, and Panopto.
 

The Solution

It wasn’t a difficult decision. The Siemens PLM Software Learning & Development team had already been using a small Panopto implementation to help enable the company’s video-based training and onboarding.

With the endorsement of the Learning & Development team, Siemens looked to see what else Panopto could do. And that’s when they began to see how Panopto could help them overcome all three of their event video challenges, too.

Panopto can be installed quickly and easily on any laptop. The software automatically recognizes video and audio recording devices from USB webcams to HDMI video cameras, so anyone can use it anywhere—with just about any device and with minimal setup.

Panopto can record multiple video streams with just one click, then automatically takes care of syncing, encoding, and uploading the video to a secure, searchable video library. Presenters just click “record”, present, click “stop”—and Panopto does the rest.

With Panopto, the conference hosts would be able to serve as their own AV team, recording both the speakers and their accompanying presentation materials themselves. Immediately following the sessions, Panopto would automatically upload everything to Siemens’ video content management system (VCMS). The videos could then be edited using Panopto’s web-based video editor.

After that, it would just be a matter of telling the rest of their employees they were there.

The Process

Siemens and Panopto partnered on a three-step, “ready-set-go” plan for implementation.

Ready | Pre-Event Setup
Since none of the 35 presenters were familiar with Panopto, Siemens and Panopto worked together to get everyone ready. Presenters were given a short video instructing them how to download Panopto and connect to the Siemens video library. Presenter preparation was intentionally kept brief to encourage adoption and allow speakers to focus on their sessions.

While Siemens planned on recording with webcams the Learning & Development team already had, an audio solution for 8 rooms was needed. Siemens and Panopto jointly identified and tested USB microphones, and Siemens purchased 10 Blue Yeti USB microphones for the event.

Set | Presentation Days
Recording a conference designed for 800 attendees presents more than a few challenges. For Siemens, those challenges came down to how to best capture two very different environments: large plenary sessions in the main hall, and smaller, scattered concurrent breakout sessions.

For the main sessions, Siemens opted to capture the “big-picture” view. Video and audio for the stage were recorded with a single stage webcam. Speakers’ PowerPoint® slides were added and synchronized in post-production editing with Panopto.

For the breakout sessions, the challenge was set-up time. Each room had to be wired with the Yeti microphone (and the back-up camcorders). Presenters were recorded using their own laptops, each requiring about 3-5 minutes to set up—with only 10 minutes available between sessions.

Despite the lack of experience with Panopto, Siemens successfully recorded all but two rooms in the first round of sessions and from then on saw every session captured in full. Set-up speed improved in each cycle, falling to 2-3 minutes per room by the end of the conference.

Go | Post-Presentation
After the presenters recorded their own sessions, all that was left was to upload the videos to Siemens’ Panopto video library. Although Panopto typically does this automatically, wifi at the conference location was inconsistent and event organizers had opted to record most sessions offline.

With a quick reminder email Siemens saw most presenters upload their recorded sessions right away. No Panopto recordings were lost, and Siemens experienced 100% file transfer success.

Within a week of the conference’s close, the Siemens PLM team had reviewed, edited and shared all of the uploaded sessions.

The plan worked.

Siemens recorded a complete 3-day conference, with individual presentations from 35 speakers across more than 30 sessions, and made the whole thing available to their worldwide workforce in one week’s time.

And they did it with just a handful of standard webcams, their presenters’ own laptops, and Panopto.

The Results

For Siemens PLM, the results were ideal.

First and foremost, they’d created a library of more than 30 original, high-quality videos, all with notes, slides, and indexed content, and all captured perfectly.

And they were timely. The Siemens team had successfully recorded, uploaded, edited and organized all of the videos within a week of the conference’s close. Employees unable to attend in person saw it all just a week later — instead of a month and a half after the fact.

And they were searchable! In the weeks that followed, Siemens found that Panopto even made it easy to search inside the event videos. Employees who hadn’t attended could quickly find not only the sessions that interested them, but the exact moments within the sessions that spoke to their interest. Those who had attended meanwhile were able to review their favorite moments.

Best of all was the savings. The old process—which would have required 200 hours of contract work by technical specialists, not to mention almost a dozen thousand-dollar HD camcorders and supporting equipment—was typically a significant part of Siemens’ budget for each event.

Panopto eliminated the need for all of that—all while producing better quality videos and with no new hardware, no technical consultants, and no specialized training.

The Conclusion

“Panopto was the only means to record and capture this large of an event on a timely basis with minimum Learning & Development project hours expended,” wrote Thomas P. Doyle, Director of Curriculum Development at Siemens PLM Software.

Indeed, the Siemens Madrid conference was a success—and so were the successive Madrid conferences held online. Shortly after the videos were made available they had been viewed more than 500 times by more than 200 Siemens employees—and counting.

What started out as a tool for the Learning & Development team spread to the Events team and throughout the company, and today Siemens PLM Software is scaling up Panopto enterprise video deployment.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

“What If You Never Had To Type Up A Call Report Again?” — Mobile Video for Salesforce

By | Nyheder

When SalesForce hit the market in 1999, it changed the way sales organizations kept records and communicated among themselves. Now the number one customer relationship management (CRM) software suite in the world, Salesforce helps account representatives stay organized in the office and on the road and helps their managers stay on top of what their field is doing with a single, centralized, cloud-based solution.

Of course, a CRM solution is only valuable when its information is up to date. For sales reps, that means logging calls and activities on a daily basis. And although Salesforce provides an easy-to-use web-based interface and accompanying mobile apps, ideally, call and activity logging could be better accomplished without manually typing anything — whether that’s on a keyboard or on a 4.7-inch smartphone screen. Instead, reps should be able to log their notes simply by speaking.

This was one of our goals in building Panopto’s video integration with SalesForce.

Record Call Reports from the Road

Starting with the iPhone 4 in 2010, smartphones have almost all come equipped with front-facing cameras. The merit of the front-facing camera’s effects on culture are hotly debated, but one truth remains: it’s never been easier to capture video from anywhere.

Today, video is the closest thing we have to replicating the in-person experience, capturing both rich verbal and nonverbal communication. For salespeople recording in the field, it offers a nearly effortless medium by which they can store everything by simply speaking — just hit record.

Later, when salespeople need to prepare for the next meeting, they can re-watch their earlier video and get caught up with ease. Adding video to Salesforce means that video call reports are integrated right into the same tool that they use to keep track of other notes, action items, and documents.

When added to Salesforce, video pulls double-duty: as both a record-keeping tool and as a reporting tool back to the sales managers at headquarters. While distance and time zones can hinder real-time communication, mobile video, added in a predictable location, bridges the gap between both time and space that separates a mobile workforce from the home office.

Searchable video makes anything accessible

One key obstacle to a pragmatic, scalable use of video for recording notes is the traditional difficulty around searching the video. Most often, search relies on titles and manually added metadata to identify relevant content within a video library. What good is taking the shortcut of recording video if one must then spend the time entering tags and metadata?

Newer video content management systems (video CMS) have finally eliminated this barrier. Through technologies like automatic speech recognition (ASR) and optical character recognition (OCR), enterprise video platforms ensure that users looking for content at a later date can search both spoken word and text captured on video from slides, documents, and even handwritten notes.

As salespeople create more and more video, it will become increasingly important not only to be able to search within individual videos, but across entire libraries of video content. Using the Panopto app inside Salesforce, anyone with the right permissions can search across Opportunities, Contacts, and Campaigns. And Panopto’s Smart Search and federated search capability make search results available alongside that from other text-based content inside Salesforce.

No longer is recording audio and video a barrier to finding content later.

Panopto and Salesforce unites distributed knowledge better than ever

Working in tandem with Salesforce, Panopto’s cloud-based video CMS makes video easier to record and share information than ever before and without typing. With video players and video management tools integrated right into Salesforce, complete with federated search and single sign-on, Panopto brings unprecedented communication tools to your mobile workforce.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

Microlearning: Hyper-Relevant Training in the Blink of an Eye

By | Nyheder

Every few weeks, a new mobile app or website comes out to “revolutionize” some aspect of our daily lives. For those of us less concerned with technology’s effect on pop culture and more concerned with getting work done, it’s sometimes hard to see through the shroud of hype and media attention these applications engender. Nevertheless, when taken together, SMS text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, and a host of other apps, have fundamentally altered the way we consume media and communicate with one another.

As individuals walk into their places of work and don the role of “employee,” they remain the same people that they are on the outside, with many of the same expectations about media and communications.

While corporate learning and development organizations have been slow to adapt to changing trends in media over the past decade, today, leaders in the field have increasingly recognized the need to match their lesson materials with the way employees consume media in their personal lives. By creating a library of short-form online video, known as microtraining, training professionals can provide their employees with content that is hyper-relevant to the work at hand and at a fraction of the cost of classroom or workshop based training.

Your employees hate classroom training and you’re spending a fortune on it

In-person, classroom-based training has long been the stand-by delivery method of the corporate world. And when companies use it as the primary way to deliver professional development, it can break the bank.

Whether organizations choose to gather groups of employees in a single location or deploy training at multiple offices around the world, the expense associated with corporate training is enormous. Even early attempts at distance, “face-to-face” learning incurred huge cost as companies rushed to build or modify classrooms with specialized, two-way audio-visual equipment.

And yet, even when executed brilliantly, classroom based training still doesn’t scale. Even if trainings can be developed once and repeated multiple times, the trainers themselves must still be present for each and every session simply for the purposes of repeating the same information time and time again.

Beyond the cost to the organization to develop and deliver classroom trainings, employees must make a personal and professional time investment, putting their responsibilities on hold for hours or days to complete the training. Such interruptions are distracting at best and, at worst, present major obstacles to productivity.

Today’s workers are increasingly asked to leave patterns of deep focus behind in favor of the hyper focus that today’s high-speed business world demands. Employees must absorb and respond to dozens or hundreds of stimuli throughout the workday. In this environment, it’s little surprise that more and more employees have short attention spans and low tolerances for boredom. Emerging research has coined the 90/20/8 rule, positing that employee attention is greatest within the first eight minutes, wanes after 20 minutes, and is virtually non-existent after 90. Where does that leave employees stuck in an all day training?

For companies that rely on their training departments to produce critical training materials for their employees, the most frustrating part of traditional learning might be how low retention actually is. Today, employees can recall less than 20% of the material learned in a training within a period of just one month. By one year, that number drops to 10%.

With the costs, low retention, and time requirements of traditional classroom training, more and more companies are shifting their strategy to embrace microlearning based on “bite-sized” information that can be consumed at the moment when it’s most needed.

Bite-sized learning respects the way your employees want to learn

Recognizing the challenges presented by traditional classroom-based training, microlearning seeks to realign corporate training with the way that employees want to learn, in order to increase engagement and retention while slashing costs.

With the commoditization of video cameras and recording software, and the emergence of video content management systems (video CMS), corporate learning and development teams have the tools that can make microlearning a reality for their employees.

The basics of microlearning are simple:

Record a focused microtraining video

One of the reasons microtraining is so easy to get started with, and the reason it’s easy for employees to consume, is that most micro-lessons focus on one or two key topics, presented within the span of just a few minutes. While it may be tempting, video need not be professionally produced. Remember that most learners are now more than familiar with the simplicity and authenticity of smartphone video. Using a webcam,screen capture, and a slide presentation is typically enough to get started.

Test training effectiveness with knowledge checks and learner submissions

Many trainers considering a move to video-based learning are concerned that employees will simply fast forward through recordings or have them on mute as they complete other tasks at their desks. But a simple knowledge check can help ensure that employees have mastered the content. Quizzes, powered by online web forms, offer a quick and easy way to do this. Alternatively, learners can submit qualitative responses to the information presented, either by writing their response or even by recording their own video responses from the webcams at their desks.

Make training content available on-demand through an online portal

Some microlearning will be mandated, like those explaining corporate policies and procedures, which is where the format will help make the information more palatable and increase retention, all while making it more scalable for the training staff. Where microlearning really shines, however, is in the creation of just-in-time information that is relevant to employee’s current responsibilities.

Creating a searchable, central repository — sometimes known as a corporate YouTube— for all training materials will ensure that employees can always find the materials they need, when they need them most. Instead of interrupting their work, microtraining can actually help employees get the information to overcome challenges and complete their assignments.

On-demand content not only solves the problem of relevance and employee engagement, it also reduces the impact of poor memory retention. When content is only a few minutes long and available on-demand, there’s no risk of employees forgetting what’s in the training material; they can simply watch it again.

Advertise the content through enterprise social networks

While many employees will take the initiative to explore your library of on-demand training content, it’s also a good idea to advertise these materials, in much the same way that news and entertainment outlets advertise their content on popular social networks. By sharing content through an enterprise social network, like Yammer or Jive, training organizations are able to build an ambient awareness about materials and resources that are available to their employees.

Enterprise video platforms provide an end-to-end solution for creating a  microlearning library in a secure corporate environment

Today, microlearning videos are easier to produce and share than ever before. Leveraging webcams and software-based video solutions, training departments can easily get a jump on producing training content than employees want to engage with and achieve departmental performance metrics.

Unfortunately, most corporate portals (e.g. SharePoint) and learning management systems don’t natively support video. Handling large file sizes and delivering video informats suitable for playback on every device present its own challenges.

Today’s video content management systems (video CMS) pick up where the corporate learning management system (LMS) leaves off with solutions for recording, editing, and sharing live and on-demand video within a single platform.

The Panopto video platform was build with training and microlearning in mind. The software-based recording solution makes it simple for L&D professionals to record micro-lessons from almost anywhere, whether at their desk, from their smartphone, or leveraging high-end audio-visual equipment already installed in a corporate classroom.

Panopto’s video CMS is also built so that you can add video to all of your organization’s training initiatives. With industry-leading search capabilities, employees can find and reference any of your training materials by automatically searching every spoken word in your video library, in addition to any text that appears in the video.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

From Scattered to Scale — How the University of Arizona Manages 2TB of Lecture Capture Video Every Week

By | Nyheder

More than a quarter million hours — that’s how much time students at the University of Arizona collectively spent watching recorded lectures, flipped classroom presentations, and other academic video just in the last year.

university of arizona case study blog document thumbnail 600x776 a 232x300 From Scattered to Scale — How the University of Arizona Manages 2TB of Lecture Capture Video Every WeekTwo terabytes — that’s the total size of the video files UA faculty and staff produce every single week as they work to create the best learning environment for the institution’s 42,000 students.

But it wasn’t always this way. In fact, just a short time ago, the University of Arizona was like many other institutions when it came to supporting lecture capture and academic video — different departments experimenting with different solutions to support different objectives, and all still looking for a better way to support and engage their students.

Recognizing both the rising interest from faculty, as well as the potential value for students, Arizona’s Office of the CIO sought to find a better solution for taking lecture recording campus-wide. The team soon found Panopto — a flexible video platform that made it possible to record, stream, and share video with ease, in a software-based solution that was far easier to manage and far more affordable than the old web of departmental deployments.

With Panopto integrated into the university’s multiple LMSs, rolled out to the more than 300 classrooms across campus, and available to all faculty and students to install on their computers, the University of Arizona has harnessed the full potential of video as a tool for learning — creating an essential resource and invaluable study aid that both students and faculty have quickly come to rely on in numbers.

To learn more about how one of the nation’s largest universities is leveraging Panopto’s video content management system to power over 2TB of video lecture capture each week, download your free copy of the University of Arizona case study today.

 

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

“What If You Never Had To Type Up A Call Report Again?” — Mobile Video for Salesforce

By | Nyheder

When SalesForce hit the market in 1999, it changed the way sales organizations kept records and communicated among themselves. Now the number one customer relationship management (CRM) software suite in the world, Salesforce helps account representatives stay organized in the office and on the road and helps their managers stay on top of what their field is doing with a single, centralized, cloud-based solution.

Of course, a CRM solution is only valuable when its information is up to date. For sales reps, that means logging calls and activities on a daily basis. And although Salesforce provides an easy-to-use web-based interface and accompanying mobile apps, ideally, call and activity logging could be better accomplished without manually typing anything — whether that’s on a keyboard or on a 4.7-inch smartphone screen. Instead, reps should be able to log their notes simply by speaking.

This was one of our goals in building Panopto’s video integration with SalesForce.

Record Call Reports from the Road

Starting with the iPhone 4 in 2010, smartphones have almost all come equipped with front-facing cameras. The merit of the front-facing camera’s effects on culture are hotly debated, but one truth remains: it’s never been easier to capture video from anywhere.

Today, video is the closest thing we have to replicating the in-person experience, capturing both rich verbal and nonverbal communication. For salespeople recording in the field, it offers a nearly effortless medium by which they can store everything by simply speaking — just hit record.

Later, when salespeople need to prepare for the next meeting, they can re-watch their earlier video and get caught up with ease. Adding video to Salesforce means that video call reports are integrated right into the same tool that they use to keep track of other notes, action items, and documents.

When added to Salesforce, video pulls double-duty: as both a record-keeping tool and as a reporting tool back to the sales managers at headquarters. While distance and time zones can hinder real-time communication, mobile video, added in a predictable location, bridges the gap between both time and space that separates a mobile workforce from the home office.

Searchable video makes anything accessible

One key obstacle to a pragmatic, scalable use of video for recording notes is the traditional difficulty around searching the video. Most often, search relies on titles and manually added metadata to identify relevant content within a video library. What good is taking the shortcut of recording video if one must then spend the time entering tags and metadata?

Newer video content management systems (video CMS) have finally eliminated this barrier. Through technologies like automatic speech recognition (ASR) and optical character recognition (OCR), enterprise video platforms ensure that users looking for content at a later date can search both spoken word and text captured on video from slides, documents, and even handwritten notes.

As salespeople create more and more video, it will become increasingly important not only to be able to search within individual videos, but across entire libraries of video content. Using the Panopto app inside Salesforce, anyone with the right permissions can search across Opportunities, Contacts, and Campaigns. And Panopto’s Smart Search and federated search capability make search results available alongside that from other text-based content inside Salesforce.

No longer is recording audio and video a barrier to finding content later.

Panopto and Salesforce unites distributed knowledge better than ever

Working in tandem with Salesforce, Panopto’s cloud-based video CMS makes video easier to record and share information than ever before and without typing. With video players and video management tools integrated right into Salesforce, complete with federated search and single sign-on, Panopto brings unprecedented communication tools to your mobile workforce.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

Perkins Coie Keeps 1,000 Attorneys Connected, Learning, and Sharing Information with Video

By | Nyheder

In the legal profession, knowledge is key. A single detail may be the difference in a case, a claim, or a contract. At every level, today’s attorneys rely on detailed research and studied interpretation of complex code, and from that information must craft a position that can stand up to the ultimate test of the courtroom.

ICON Perkins Coie Button Download Now Perkins Coie Keeps 1,000 Attorneys Connected, Learning, and Sharing Information with VideoThe expertise of their attorneys has always been what has set law firms apart. In the past, casual conversations among colleagues were all that was needed to share institutional knowledge and professional insights, enabling firms to grow their reputations and capitalize on their successes in any field.

Today, however, as law firms add new attorneys, open new offices, and broaden their practice areas, sharing insights informally simply does not support the learning and development needs of a modern legal practice. For this reason, forward-looking organizations are investing in technology to manage, scale, extend, and amplify the exchange of knowledge.

At the forefront of the shift towards smarter training and knowledge management is Perkins Coie LLP. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with more than 1,000 attorneys across 19 offices in the U.S. and Asia, Perkins Coie looks to the future to keep its growing practice informed, connected, and ahead of the curve.

Today, Perkins Coie has set a goal to leverage the Panopto video platform to ensure that its attorneys have access to every piece of knowledge the firm can share — from its library of training materials to new continuing legal education sessions and insiders-only learning events. This includes sharing the institutional expertise of the firm’s attorneys anytime, anywhere on a larger scale not previously afforded.

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.

Podcasts
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.

Usefulness of Recorded Lectures UC Anschutz New Research: Student’s Opinions and Expectations for Lecture Capture

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

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