Panopto Lecture Capture
Lecture capture has become a common place facility at today's top universities and so is Aalto University committed to provide tools for students revise course content, note taking and so deepen their learning.
Common concerns about lecture capture among teachers have been that students stop attending to lectures if they can view it online when they wish. This hasn't been the case as studies across the sector have shown that students treat the recordings as valuable supplements rather than replacements for actual lecture events.
The research into student behaviour shows that they typically scan through the recordings, focusing on short sections that cover particular concepts or issues. Panopto has a number of “chaptering” and search options that make it easy for students to find exactly the section they wish to revisit.
Another possible obstacle for teacher to not consider doing lecture capture is that it is another complex system to operate on top doing and handling the lecture. The panopto system is simple and straight forward to use, it's easy and fast to set up and then you can just almost forget that you are recording your lecture.
We are integrating Panopto system to most of the lecture spaces, starting from Otakaari 1 and rooms with video camera mounted on ceiling. Meanwhile you need to plan and book the Panopto ready space before or run the session with your laptop and borrowed webcam/microphone from servicedesk. See the chapter Equipment and Spaces from Panopto resources sidebar for more up to date info on Panopto ready lecture rooms and equipments that ensure capturing on good quality.
Lecture capture checklist:
1. Make sure that the lecture room is Panopto ready or you need to have Panopto recorder client software on your computer and external webcab and microphone.
2. Legal considerations on lecture capture, if the camera is pointing to attendees make sure all are aware of that recording is taking place and if needed guide the place that is out of camera range. Check your presentation slides and copyrights.
3. Panopto get started: quick guide to Panopto recorder.
4. Good practises during lecture capture: it's good repeat students questions as the microphone reach is limited. If you like to wander around the front of the room, or if you tend to talk to the board while you write on it, a wireless tie-clip microphone will be needed, ask instructions on how to get one and how to use it.
5. After recording make sure that Panopto recorder software finishes the upload task on Panopto cloud. You can trim, edit, set the permissions, add slides, make chapters etc. with your web browser at panopto.aalto.fi. Guide for editing at Panopto is here.