Online education is on the rise. Every year, the number of academic institutions offering some form of online learning continues to grow. According to a 2012 study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the proportion of students taking at least one online course had reached an all-time high of 32%. At the same time, research from The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a think-tank focused on education and health care, predicts that half of all high school courses will be in some online form by 2019.
In response, many schools have begun to offer blended learning options for their students. But blended learning isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The Christensen Institute outlines 4 distinct models of blended learning.
With each of these blended learning models, video plays a key role in delivering course content to students. Regardless of the blended learning model chosen, the right video platform must allow teachers to focus on teaching rather than on the technology.
From its inception, Panopto was designed to make the lecture recording process as simple as possible. Teachers simply click the big red RECORD button in the Panopto software — that’s it. Panopto records video and ingests presentation slides, then automatically uploads the lecture into a centralized “Campus YouTube” where each recording is made fully searchable and encoded for playback on any laptop, tablet, or mobile phone.
It’s not just teachers that value Panopto’s ease of use and interactive features — the software has been shown to have a positive impact on engagement and achievement for students as well. In 2011, students at Winstom-Salem University saw an increase in exam scores after introducing a blended learning model using Panopto.