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For Law Firms, Video Creates a Competitive Advantage. Here’s How.

By | Ikke kategoriseret, Thoughts and Discussion, White paper

Expertise will always be the heart of the legal profession. Firms will continue to stake their reputations to the proficiency of their partners and the skilled know-how of their bench.

Today, however, we are rapidly approaching the limit on how far individual intelligence can be applied without assistance. For leading firms, now is the time to identify new ways to help manage, scale, extend, and amplify the knowledge upon which they’ve built their businesses.

Video is helping law firms make their expertise more accessible — extending into new markets and acquisitions, preserving and sharing the knowledge of partners, onboarding new hires and supporting the needs of a multi-generational workplace, and even facilitating new trends in work-life balance. So how are modern law firms using video today?

Enabling Efficient eDiscovery for Video Files

Identifying, collecting, producing, and reviewing electronically stored information and content required for audits and lawsuits has become an essential service offering many law firms. Previously video represented a unique challenge — impossible to search the same way you might a document or webpage. Panopto solves that challenge, indexing virtually every word spoken or shown in a video, and making video search much more efficient.

Replaying Interviews, Discussions, and Conversations

Recording client interactions as permitted enables the members of your firm to quickly sift through each conversation on-demand as needed. With Panopto, meetings can be easily captured with just about any video recording device. And because Panopto indexes and time-stamps every word spoken in a recording, lawyers can quickly find and review any part of that conversation without sorting through a mountain of paper notes.

Preserving and Extending Internal Expertise

In the legal industry more so than most, many subject areas are fraught with complexity — vague laws, contradictory precedent, and rapidly evolving real-world applications are critical nuances that great legal teams use to win cases and claims. Video offers a better option to helping firms capture, preserve, and share the expertise that they depend on to establish their reputations as the best minds in the business. With video, specialists can record their insights for later reference — ready for the next generation of in-house experts to learn from.

Supporting and Training Employees

When it comes to supporting organizational training, video is a flexible tool that can support and scale virtually any application — for just about any audience. Video can extend existing corporate classrooms, allowing internal learning and development teams to easily scale and share essential compliance training or technology updates — and make it available on-demand, anytime and anywhere for anyone to learn from.

Communicating Firm Information and Culture

Today’s firms rely on video for help in managing their cultures and sharing the heritage that makes their offices unique. Video can expedite executive communications — making quarterly results, internal announcements, and any other message easier to create and more engaging to view than a typical email. And for those dramatic shifts in corporate structure, video can be a crucial tool for bringing a newly acquired firm into the fold, or improving communications between the home office and new satellite locations.

Establishing Credibility Through Thought Leadership

Content marketing has won enthusiastic support in the legal community as a scalable marketing initiative with a high ROI. Yet content must stand out in order to make an impact, and that’s where video again can assist. More compelling than text and more engaging than a brochure, video is the secret to helping content marketing get noticed. The data is compelling — studies have shown when a video appears on a webpage, 3 in 5 visitors will watch the recording before they read even one word of text.

Supporting A Virtual Workplace

Across every industry, the modern workplace is changing. Gone is the era of the 9 to 5 office. More than ever before, firms have been tasked with enabling employees to work the schedules that meet their own needs. With video, firms can support anytime, anywhere training and communications, as well as live-broadcast events and meetings over the web, enabling their people to achieve work-life balance and still get things done.

A Secure, Searchable Video Library

No matter how law firms use video most often, in the end, nearly every one creates a library of video files in the process. Panopto is the only video platform that integrates best-of-breed recording and webcasting technology with a secure video library and a unique video search engine that makes finding information inside your videos as easy as searching for content in an email or document.

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In our latest white paper, 9 Ways Today’s Legal Industry Uses Video to Succeed in a Changing Market, we’ll take a deeper look into how video is helping law firms make their expertise more agile — extending cultures into new markets, new nations, and new acquisitions, preserving and sharing the expertise of partners, onboarding new hires and supporting the needs of a multi-generational workplace, and better engaging prospects and clients in order to create a competitive advantage.

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This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

The Top 10 Questions Parents Have About The Flipped Classroom — And How to Answer Them

By | Ikke kategoriseret, Tips and Advice, White paper

As more and more classrooms embrace blended learning strategies, it’s only natural to expect questions to arise. That’s especially true when new technology enables a whole new approach to the learning experience — as is the case with one of today’s most buzzed-about classroom innovations, the flipped classroom.Flipped Classroom Panopto Video Platform for Education The Top 10 Questions Parents Have About The Flipped Classroom — And How to Answer Them

Today educators want to know what strategies might work best for their needs, and which tools may help them make the most of these new pedagogies.

Students are curious as to how technology will change their day to day learning experience, and whether it may help improve their grades.

School officials and administration are asking how they can support both the needs of their faculty and the needs of their students as teachers pursue these exciting approaches.

And as anyone who’s led a classroom before would expect, parents too are taking a keen interest in the ins and outs of inverted learning.

As parents seek to better understand the learning environments they’re sending their students into, teachers planning to flip their classrooms — whether it’s middle school math, high school history, or even collegiate calculus — are getting more and more questions from curious moms and dads. To make answering all those inquiries just a little bit easier, we’ve compiled the most common questions our customers have been hearing, with ideas for how to answer each.

How To Answer Parents’ Most Common Questions About the Flipped Classroom

    1. Okay, first things first, what exactly is a “flipped classroom”?
      The flipped classroom is a new method for structuring classroom learning activities. While there are many ways to flip a classroom, at it’s most basic, it works like this:

      • The teacher provides the students with lecture materials that the students are expected to review before they get to class. These materials can be short recorded lecture videos from me, reading assignments, or anything else.
      • With the lecture given ahead of time, class time can instead be used for deeper learning — interactive discussions, activities, and assignments.
        An example of a “microlecture” video for a flipped classroom
    2. What do you hope to achieve by flipping the classroom?
      The goals of the flipped classroom concept are to enable students to learn at their own pace, and to maximize the amount of interactive learning possible in the classroom. Here’s what makes flipping work:

      • Students have total control over the pace and content of the lecture. They can review the materials as quickly or as slowly as they need, and can always rewind the video or flip back a page in the text if they need to hear a point.
      • And because each student is now coming to class with a foundational understanding of that day’s materials, they no longer need the teacher to spend time lecturing on the basics and can instead engage in discussions and activities meant to help create a deeper and more intricate understanding of the topic.
    3. How will the flip work?
      This answer will be unique to your classroom, depending on your own plans for your inverted classroom. Here, it’s important to let parents know which class sessions you plan to flip, how you’ll deliver your lecture materials for those sessions, and your overall expectations for students to review those materials and participate on those flipped days.
    4. Wouldn’t it be easier for the students to hear the lecture from you in person?

Flipping doesn’t separate the teacher from student — it actually brings them closer together.

    • First, the flipped lecture format ensures the core materials of each class are taught at exactly the right speed for each student, instead of all at the same speed that every student must adapt to.
    • And by opening up class time, the teacher moves from the role of “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side,” and can interact with each student on a one-to-one level far more often than possible in the traditional lecture format.

5. Without the lecture, what exactly do students do during class time?

The single most valuable aspect of every flipped classroom model is the opportunity for real learning it creates during class time. For most students, lectures are a passive learning experience — but in a flipped classroom, the lecture is already done and class time means interactivity, discussion, and experimentation.

 The day to day experience of a flipped classroom is always different, and designed to support the lesson at hand. On any given day students might demonstrate their knowledge with interactive quizzes, discuss their questions about what they’ve learned, write or present their ideas for how what they’ve learned might be applied, or just complete the normal homework they’re already used to — but inside the classroom, where they can readily ask questions and earn from their peers and their teacher.

6. What happens to homework? What does that mean for how grades are determined?

“Homework” in the flipped classroom may have multiple meanings. Most directly, the real “homework” for students in a flipped class will be reviewing the lecture materials ahead of time and coming to class prepared to apply what they’ve learned. Whether they’ve done so will be tested as it always has been — through in-class tests and quizzes.

The more traditional homework — assignments, essays, and other exercises — still exists, although the goal of the flipped classroom is for students to work on many of those activities while in class, where they can ask questions, clarify responses, and hopefully, have more positive, less frustrating environment for proving their knowledge. These assignments too will be graded just as they always have been, and along with the tests and quizzes noted above, as well as standard midterm and final exams, will make up the majority of the students’ final grades.

7. How common is this? Are other educators flipping their classes too?

The flipped classroom is the newest trend in improving the classroom experience. According to Campus Technology, already 29 percent of faculty in the United States are now using flipped instruction to some degree, and another 27 percent plan to add it to their repertoire within a year.

The flipped model has taken off quickly because it really does seem to work. The research is early, but powerful. Of teachers who have flipped their classrooms:

    • 71 percent reported increased test scores, with particular benefits for students in advanced placement classes and students with special needs
    • 80 percent reported improved student attitudes
    • 99 percent said they would flip their classrooms again next year

8. What technology will my student need in order to participate in a flipped classroom?

This answer too will change depending on how you intend to deliver your flipped classroom lectures, and how you expect students to review them. The good news is, the flipped classroom has succeeded in large part because it’s already passed the hurdle of technology. Most video lectures, for example, can be recorded with the webcam already installed on a teacher’s laptop or smartphone, can be hosted on YouTube, and can be shared quickly via email.

As schools seek to provide improved support for flipped classrooms, a video platform for education like Panopto gives teachers a secure, centralized tool where they can record, manage, and share their videos, and where their students can search, view, and even take notes on each recording.

9. What can I do as a parent to help my student succeed in a flipped class?
The single most essential element of any flipped classroom is whether or not its students actually review the lectures ahead of time and come to class prepared. If the students don’t do the homework and watch the lecture, they simply won’t be able to keep up with the rest of their class.

For parents, we ask that you make sure your students are really reviewing the lecture materials. Parents who always find themselves asking “What did you learn in school today?” may even want to watch together with their student — it’s a great way to ensure they’re paying attention, and you can really make a difference by talking with your student about the subject as you watch.

10. Why haven’t you done this before?
The flipped class concept is still new! We’re always looking for new ideas to better engage with our students, and to help each receive the personalized learning experience they need in order to grow as mature, intelligent individuals.

Want to learn more about how Panopto can support flipped classrooms in your school?

Panopto’s flexible video platform makes it easy for teachers to record and share just about any information, anytime, anywhere. And Panopto’s web- and mobile-based learning tools enable students to search and view any classroom recording on-demand — and never need to worry about whether or not they have the right equipment.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFP

By | Ikke kategoriseret, White paper

As video becomes ever more integral to how businesses communicate, how teachers teach, and how we all share ideas and information, many organizations are quickly finding that now is the right time to review how they’ve managed video content in the past — and how they plan to manage it in the future.

That’s because video is unlike any other content:

  • Different video recorders often produce different types of video files — many of which cannot be played back on other devices
  • Video files are almost always significantly larger than text documents — and can quickly exceed maximum file size restrictions on common content management systems
  • And video files are traditionally impossible to search, limiting the value of any recording to only those who already know what topic the video covers

But even in the face of these challenges, the popularity of video is exploding. Academic institutions are recording 80,000 hours of video every year. 76% of executives already watch a business video at least weekly, and Gartner Research predicts by 2016, every employee in every company will spend 45 minutes each day watching business video.

The growing prevalence of video has prompted Forrester Research to recommend organizations “Plan for video content, not just videoconferencing.” Doing so, contends Forrester, offers the promise of a variety of rewards, including reducing the cost of meetings and events, improving training and executive communications effectiveness, driving remote employee engagement, and encouraging social learning and sharing best practices.

Delivering those returns starts with finding the right video platform.

Capture Devices Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFP

For many organizations, however, this is a no small task. Often there is no existing in-house video solution to compare against. The video platform market is young by enterprise IT standards, meaning options abound and feature-for-feature comparisons may be difficult to research. And details crucial to successful implementation are all too often obfuscated by video technology standards and industry jargon.

Your video platform shouldn’t be complicated. The value of video is in its simplicity — just record and share to bring ideas alive, in a way static text never will.

Finding your next video platform should be that easy too. And it can be — all you need to know are the right questions to ask in your next Request For Proposal (RFP). A sharp video platform RFP will make it easy to sort out the contenders and spot the options that can actually meet your organization’s video needs — now and for the future.

So what are the right questions to ask in a video platform RFP? Here are our top ten recommended (jargon-free!) inquiries to include:

1 | Are all spoken and written words automatically indexed for search?

Enterprise and education videos often run 30-60 minutes or longer, so being able to find and fast-forward to specific moments is essential. Many video platforms, however, only offer basic search capabilities — making it difficult and time consuming to find phrases mentioned by a speaker, words shown on-screen, or key topics covered in a video.
Searching Inside Videos Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFP
Panopto’s Smart Search is the industry’s most comprehensive video content search technology, and has been commended by Forrester Research as the best support for video search. Smart Search indexes every video in your Panopto library, new or old and whether or not it was created with Panopto, and can find:

  • Any word spoken, with automatic speech recognition
  • Any word that appears on-screen, with optical character recognition
  • Any word included in PowerPoint or Keynote slides, including speaker’s notes
  • Any word included in any additional metadata, including titles, comments, public notes, or uploaded video transcripts

Best of all, Panopto’s Smart Search timestamps your video content, enabling your team to instantly fast forward right to the exact, relevant moment they were searching for.

2 | List each specific step that a user must take to record a video then share it so it is ready for viewing by the intended audience.

There are two simple requirements for virtually every organizational video. First, it must be recorded. Recording and Sharing Video Presentations Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPSecond, it must be shared. And while that may sound straightforward, many video platforms simply don’t fully support video workflow — meaning what should be an easy, seamless process may end up requiring additional software, added support, and a steep learning curve for new users.

Panopto is an end-to-end video solution designed to make it easy for anyone to produce and share professional-quality video quickly. With Panopto, video workflow is easy:

  • Panopto can be installed on any PC or Mac, and offers native iOS and Android mobile apps
  • Users login to Panopto and click to open the recorder
  • Panopto automatically recognizes all recording equipment available for use and never requires users to download drivers. Panopto automatically opens with the same settings the user recorded with in their last session — if the user changes those settings, the new preferences will be saved for the next recording.
  • Then, users just click “record” and present.
  • Once the presentation is over, users click “stop.”
  • If the user is connected to the web, Panopto automatically uploads the video to the Panopto video library. If the user records offline, Panopto will automatically upload the video the next time the device is connected to the web.
  • After uploading, Panopto also automatically encodes the video to be playable on any device, and indexes the video content for search.
  • Every video uploaded to a Panopto library inherits the sharing settings of the folder it is saved into. If the user wants to add or remove viewers, they can do so with one click in the video’s sharing settings, accessible both from the video recorder and the video library.

For the user, video workflow with Panopto is simple: Click record, present, click stop. Panopto takes care of the rest.

3 | Itemize the hardware required to record, live stream, upload, manage, and view videos.

A constant issue in producing video is the ever-growing number of devices for video recording and video viewing, and the wide variety of file types those devices may produce or play. Some video platforms have sought to manage that complexity by requiring specific hardware and limiting the types of devices their systems can work with. In practice, however, this can create hurdles to organizational video adoption — in a Bring Your Own Device world, no one wants to have to sign up for a recording studio or wait to check out the only working webcam.

Panopto was designed for the Bring Your Own Device IT ecosystem. The Panopto recorder runs on any PC or Mac. Just as importantly, Panopto can support virtually any video or audio recording device — from HD camcorders to inexpensive webcams and even specialty recorders like document cameras. If you can plug it into a laptop, it’s likely you can use Panopto to record with it. Panopto does routine test and certify new equipment to work with the Panopto recorder. Visit our support site for a complete list of Panopto’s officially supported equipment.

Further, the Panopto video library, video editor, and desktop video player are web-based, and run in any web browser. And for mobile users, Panopto offers free native iOS and Android apps for smartphones and tablets. Simply stated, Panopto runs on any device, anytime, anywhere — using the hardware you already have.

4 | List each specific step that a user must take to live stream a presentation.

Live streaming “webcasts” of a presentation may be the next great challenge for video. As organizations seek to broadcast events, announcements, and even internal meetings in large organizations, many have found themselves exceeding the maximum audience capacity for traditional video conferencing solutions.

Live Webcasting Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPWebcasting offers a solution — the ability to live stream a presentation over the web, to an external or internal audience of thousands or even tens of thousands. But not every video platform offers webcasting as a standard feature, and even fewer include it as an option in the normal video workflow — meaning it can be hard for first-time users to find and take advantage of.

Panopto makes webcasting easy:

  • Open the Panopto recorder on any Windows PC
  • Select recording settings as usual
  • Check the “Record and Webcast” checkbox on the top right of the recorder window. Panopto will instantly generate a link you can share with your viewers.
  • Then, just click record and present as usual.

Users can also schedule webcasts in advance just by clicking “Webcast” on the Create menu in their Panopto video library.

5 | How many multi-camera video inputs can be simultaneously captured for events, presentations, and demonstrations?

Multi Camera Video Recording Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPSome ideas simply can’t be captured with a single viewpoint. Whether it’s a product or lab demonstration, a technical field video, a multi-person conference panel, or a number of other potential uses, it’s helpful to have a video platform that can record more than one stream of video. Not all platforms, however, can meet this need.

Panopto makes it easy to record video from a virtually unlimited number of cameras or other video sources using your Windows PC. Capture video from USB webcams, professional video cameras, document cameras, or other digital and analog devices. Sync mobile video from smartphones and tablets. Even record multiple computer screens simultaneously. No matter the event, with Panopto you simple simply plug in your video sources, select them in Panopto, and click record. Panopto handles the rest.

6 | Paste the link to documentation of your application programming interfaces (API) and the ability to customize the look and feel of your video portal.

Today most organizations have developed their own formal or informal custom workflows for managing video assets — from recording them to editing them to encoding them. Without the ability to easily integrate into your existing workflows, any new video platform risks becoming “more work” for your team — and less likely to be used to its full potential.

Panopto Upload API Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPPanopto is built to integrate with your organization’s learning management systems (LMS) and identity providers. Included with Panopto are integration modules for popular LMSs, single sign-on support for Active Directory and SAML, and conformance to the Basic LTI and SCORM standards. In addition, Panopto includes developer APIs for extending and customizing the video platform,which you can find on the API page of our support site.

Likewise, when your team does interact with 3rd party software like a video portal, many organizations prefer to have the option to brand the tool with custom logos and colors. Panopto makes it easy to customize your video portal in 60 seconds — simply upload your logos, pick an accent color, and you’re done. You can see how it’s done on the custom branding page of our support site.

7 | Comprehensively list the elements of your video platform and specifically which are included in the core license price, and which features must be purchased as individual add-ons.

Total Cost of Ownership is a concern for many technologies across the IT ecosystem, video platform technology included. Some platform solutions offer an impressive feature list, but force customers to purchase each as a separate add-on to a much more basic set of core capabilities.

Panopto is the only video software that integrates best-in-class recording and broadcasting with a video content management system (VCMS). With Panopto, you get a single solution for recording presentations and training, streaming live events, and storing your videos in a secure library. Panopto also includes a unique search engine that allows you to find any word or phrase mentioned in your recordings. There’s never been an easier, more complete solution for your organizational video needs.

Included as standard in a Panopto License:

Recording and Webcasting

  • Live Streaming / Webcasting
  • Single- and Multi-Screen Recording
  • Instant, Shareable Online Video Recording
  • Multi-Camera Video Capture
  • Schedulable, Automated Recording

Sharing & Managing

  • A Comprehensive Video Content Management System
  • A Web-Based Video Library
  • Video, Folder, and Viewer-Level Analytics
  • Instant, Automated Video Upload
  • Automatic Video Transcoding
  • A Web-Based Video Editor
  • Simple Brand Customization Capability
  • Integration Tools for Popular Learning Management Systems
  • Open Developer APIs for Extended Video Integration

Search & Viewing

  • The Industry’s Most Comprehensive Video Content Search
  • Versatile Players that Allow Viewers to Watch Any Recording on Any Device
  • Sophisticated Video Delivery That Delivers Optimal Playback for Any Device or Connection Speed
  • A Video System Optimized for Mobile Devices, including Native Apps and Mobile-Aware Video Encoding

There are no elements of Panopto’s video platform available as add-ons. If Panopto offers a feature, you’ll find it included in our standard license at no additional cost.

8 | Paste the link to documentation of how your video platform protects against data center outages, as well as hardware and operating system failures during a recording or live event.

Protecting Against Video Outages Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPNo provider, no server, and no data center is immune to outage in some form. Not long ago, Amazon’s east coast data center outage was widely publicized after severe storms knocked out the primary and backup power generators — and brought down service from Netflix, Pinterest, and Instagram. When bad things happen, whether it’s a power failure, a network outage, hardware crash, a blue screen, or a misbehaving driver, you should expect your video platform to have a plan in place to prevent failures.

Panopto protects our customers against data center outages and reduces the chance of data loss with a feature that called “cross-availability zone failover,” which involves the continual replication of our entire video platform across multiple Amazon data centers in different geographic locations and on different electrical grids.

For our customers, this means that as new recordings are created and uploaded to our servers, or as existing videos are imported into Panopto’s video content management system, we create copies of the files and all associated metadata, and keep them at the ready on a standby system. If at any point, connectivity to the primary system is interrupted, Panopto automatically redirects traffic to the standby system so that our customers will still be able to access the Panopto VCMS website, view videos, record new content, do live broadcasts, and administer their systems. You can read more about our hosted architecture on our support site.

Outages don’t just happen on servers. Local hardware and operating systems can fail during recordings or live broadcasts as well, for reasons ranging from kernel errors to tripped-over power cords. To protect against these “local outages,” Panopto’s “Failsafe Recording” feature:

  • Automatically restores the recording or live broadcast as quickly as possible
  • Automatically repairs the video files that were impacted by the outage

You can find out more about how Panopto helps to protect your video system from failure on our website.

9 | Paste the link to documentation of how your video platform scales with the ongoing growth and spikes in user demand.

Video is only just reaching the tipping point in most organizations — virtually every industry analyst expects the total amount of video organizations produce and consume will increase exponentially in the coming few years — which means any video solution you buy today will need to scale to meet your needs tomorrow.

With a video platform, scalability applies to a number of elements in the system, including: web servers which require scalability to accommodate increasing HTTP requests, encoding servers which need to scale as more and more encoding jobs are submitted, and data scalability to accommodate a rapidly increasing amount of video storage.

Panopto is architected to enable each of these components as well as other elements of the platform to scale, both for customers deploying Panopto on-premises, as well as those running Panopto as a hosted service in the cloud. You can read more about how Panopto utilizes server topologies and cloud hosting to dynamically scale your video platform on our website.

10 | List your native mobile apps that provide support for searching and viewing.

More and more people in every organization are using tablets and smartphones to view video. Bring Your Own Device, Flex Time, Work From Home, and a host of other modern working arrangements have made enabling mobile access to video viewing, sharing, recording, and managing absolutely essential.

Mobile Devices Panopto Video Platform The Top 10 Questions You Should Ask in Your Video Platform RFPPanopto has you covered. Every video uploaded into our video content management system is encoded for playback on mobile devices, and automatic device detection ensures viewers always get an experience tailored to their device.

Panopto also features native mobile apps for both iOS and Android, providing full support for your team to view, search, and record videos from anywhere.

With Panopto, you can carry your entire video library in your pocket.

This article was originally published on Panopto’s blog

7 Considerations When Choosing an Online Video Platform for Education

By | Ikke kategoriseret, White paper

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.

Girl at Computer Panopto Online Video Platform for Education 7 Considerations When Choosing an Online Video Platform for EducationHowever, 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.

Given 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, we work 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. Viewinguploading,capturing videolive 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 onteaching 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.

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For Students. For Teachers. See How The University of North Texas Uses Video

By | Ikke kategoriseret, Nyheder, White paper

The Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR) at the University of North Texas exists to support the university’s goals for creating a superior education experience by working closely with faculty to maximize teaching effectiveness for any mode of instructional delivery.

CLEAR combines technology resources with expert consultation and personnel to provide UNT faculty with a guide to creating quality technology-based courses. The team assists faculty in the design and delivery of courses, as well as with the measurement of learning at the class, department, and college level.

With an eye ever toward the future, CLEAR is also charged with providing leadership in the exploration of innovative tools and techniques that promote teaching excellence.

The Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign is a prime example of how a technology team can help a university adapt and evolve its educational experience, and provide students and faculty alike with tools, systems, and guidance that will help everyone learn, teach, and share — both today in the classroom, and tomorrow in the boardroom.

Which is why we’re so happy to see CLEAR recommend Panopto as a tool for UNT faculty.

Hear what makes Panopto such a valuable tool for universities, right from University of North Texas faculty and the CLEAR team themselves, in this series of four videos the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign has posted to their YouTube page.

“Would You Recommend Panopto to Other Instructors?”

How UNT Students Are Using Panopto

How UNT Faculty Are Using Panopto

UNT Faculty Satisfaction with Panopto

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