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Lecture Recordings IT and Library Services

At present, for the duration of the trial, only teaching spaces within Stockwell Street have been equipped with Panopto (see our full list of the Panopto-enabled rooms). Panopto is also able to deliver out-of-class recording and playback and this is available across the rest of the university, particularly around the three use cases of Flipped Classroom, audiovisual feedback and audiovisual assignments.

Lecture Capture has increasingly become a common place facility across UK universities and has proved a valuable tool for students, particularly for revising and revisiting course content (see below). However, from its early days, there have understandably been a number of concerns expressed by lecturers. Amongst the most common of these have been:

Students will stop coming to my lectures
In fact, studies across the sector have shown that the introduction of lecture capture has no significant effect on attendance. Students treat the recordings as supplements rather than replacements for their face-to-face sessions.

This is another complex system for me to operate
Systems like Panopto are deliberately designed to be as simple and as non-intrusive as possible to use. Whilst there may be some teething problems during the trial, these will help us improve the integration of Panopto with our teaching rooms. Similarly, whilst the editing in Panopto is very straightforward, most academics find that they generally have no need to edit the recordings at all.

My students don’t have time to watch back an hour-long lecture
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.

This will be used to monitor me without my knowledge
Panopto is being offered as an “opt-in” service, so making and distributing recordings is entirely under the control of individual lecturers. The purpose is purely to give you and your students the opportunity to revisit your sessions, allowing you to reflect on your teaching and your students to deepen their learning.

Benefits for students

  • Students find recorded lectures a valuable tool for revision and note-taking (see Panopto’s guidance at
  • Panopto adds “chapter” marks to recordings (based on presentation slides) and allows recordings to be searched based on the text of the presentation. If the recording audio is transcribed, this is also searchable. This all makes it easier for students to find exactly the concept or part of the lecture they want to revisit.
  • Where assignments, their criteria and expectations are discussed in a recording, this gives students self-help assignment support information.
  • Students who do not speak English as a first language can review topics easily.
  • Students who are dyslexic or have learning disabilities will appreciate being able to review topics in their own time.

Beyond lectures
Of course, the Panopto system makes no distinction over what event is being recorded – in principle any situation or performance by any person or group that takes place in the Panopto-enabled rooms can be captured, as long as it is within the range and frame of the microphones and cameras.



Gordon College - Music Recital and Lecture (hosted by Panopto)

Panopto has further example recordings at (select Education from the “Filter by Industry” link).