Digital Learning Webinar Series: Engaging Students with Panopto Follow-Up and Recording

Group of students surrounding a laptop screen

Group of students surrounding a laptop screen

Group of students surrounding a laptop screen

This year, Georgetown University began using Panopto, supported by UIS with help from CNDLS on pedagogical approaches to using the tool. Panopto has replaced Echo360 Cloud as a lecture capture solution. But Panopto is much more than a way to share lecture videos. On November 29th, Associate Director for Instructional Resources Peter Janssens, Project Coordinator Zhuqing Ding, and Instructional Technologist Randal Ellsworth hosted a webinar on the pedagogical possibilities of Panopto.  You can re-watch the complete webinar recording below.

UIS has created a helpful Getting Started guide, as well as a number of How-To guides for Panopto, and you can always reference the document from the webinar at While UIS handles the day-to-day technical support of the tool (you can email them at, we are always available to discuss ways to integrate Panopto into your teaching by emailing us at

Since this is a new tool, there were of course lots of questions during the webinar, some that we weren’t able to fully answer because of time constraints. Here are a few of them, answered more fully.

What can I do with Panopto, anyway?

While Panopto is valuable as a secure audio and video sharing tool, it can do a lot more. Besides basic video creation and editing, Panopto allows you to create a playlist of recordings, view analytics on who has viewed the videos and for how long, and create quizzes to engage learners while they are viewing your videos. Panopto has produced a number of really great how-to videos to help you explore what the tool can do.

Do the audio and video I upload to Panopto have to be in a specific file format? What is that format?

Panopto supports a wide range of file types for upload. You can see the whole list for yourself, but know that most common video and audio file formats (such a mp3) are supported, and you can upload video and audio that you created on both your Mac or PC. You can also create videos directly in Panopto, including screen captures.

Do students have access to Panopto as well for presentation purposes and projects?

Yes, but you have to set up an Assignment Folder in Panopto for the students to access.Students can then record and share videos with the instructor and, optionally, with other students (logging into Panopto may not be necessary of they go through Canvas). You can direct them to the same documentation mentioned above. Remember, however, that Panopto only offers basic video editing capabilities; if students need more advanced editing for their audio or video, you can always direct them to the Gelardin New Media Center at the library.

Want to know more?

This only scratches the surface of what you and your students can do with Panopto. The best way to discover all of the things you can do with Panopto is to get in there and start playing! Again, UIS has produced a number of useful how-to guides and Panopto has a great playlist of helpful videos to help you explore and experiment with the tool.