A video management system (VMS) has become a critical tool in the higher education classroom. A VMS allows universities and colleges to efficiently manage and distribute their video content in a centralized platform, making it easier for students, faculty, and staff to create, access, and engage with the material.
While it’s clear that a VMS is important – how exactly is this tool being used? We asked our customers how Panopto is helping them deliver flexible, engaging, classroom experiences at their institutions – here’s what they revealed..
- Distance Learning
- Lecture Capture
- Video Management
- Flipped Classroom
- Event Recording and Streaming
- Knowledge Sharing and Professional Development
- Student Assessment
1. Distance Learning
The shift to the post-pandemic classroom has increased the need for flexible learning environments, and customers highlight distance learning as their top application of Panopto.
Creating an online learning experience that rivals the quality of in-person courses is one of the biggest challenges faced by educators today. In a physical classroom, students have the benefit of seeing the teacher, whiteboards, slides, and even live demonstrations. By using Panopto, educators ensure that virtual students receive the same elevated experience.
By using Panopto, educators can provide students with a dynamic, immersive virtual learning experience that can improve their academic outcomes. Whether streaming classes live or capturing sessions for on-demand playback, faculty have the option to provide distance learners with a comprehensive view of the classroom environment, as if they were there in person. Furthermore, using Panopto puts the power of learning in the hands of the viewer. They can choose to see the instructor alongside other video feeds, including screen shares, slides, whiteboards, and document cameras. Increased flexibility is exactly what distance learning needs to be successful, and Panopto helps higher education institutions achieve these goals.
2. Lecture Capture
Lecture capture comes in as a close second for how higher education leaders are using Panopto.
With a VMS, educators can record their lectures and make them available to students for on-demand viewing. This can be particularly useful for students who miss class due to illness, scheduling conflicts, or other reasons. Additionally, lecture capture can provide students with the opportunity to review course material at their own pace, improving their comprehension and retention of the subject matter.
The University of Arizona is just one example of a higher education institution fully harnessing the power of lecture capture. With a student population of more than 40,000 and lecture capture in wide use across campus, the University of Arizona produces more than two terabytes of video data per week, much of which is lecture capture.
A VMS can also enhance the learning experience by allowing educators to incorporate multimedia content – such as slides, graphics, and video clips – into their lectures. Faculty can upload their lecture recordings, tag them for easy organization, and share them securely with their students. They can also use analytics provided by the VMS to track student engagement with the content and identify areas where additional support may be needed.
Lecture capture with a VMS can benefit both educators and students by providing flexibility, interactivity, and improved learning outcomes.
3. Video Management
What good is video learning content if you aren’t able to find the information you’re looking for? Our customers highlight video management as one of the most common applications of Panopto within their higher education institution.
Panopto allows educators to store videos and share them with their students, colleagues, and other stakeholders securely and efficiently. With a VMS, faculty can easily upload and manage their videos, tag them with relevant metadata, and categorize them by topic or course. Plus, with Panopto’s search capabilities, users can search any spoken or written word in the videos that they have access to.
Additionally, Panopto provides tools for editing and enhancing videos, as well as analytics to track viewer engagement and identify areas for improvement. Overall, Panopto simplifies the video management process and enhances the teaching and learning experience.
4. Flipped Classroom
Flipped learning has moved beyond a trend to a valuable modality in higher education. Consisting of moving lectures and other content online while using class time for interactive activities and discussions, customers appreciate how Panopto helps them achieve this flexible learning style.
In a flipped classroom model, students are responsible for consuming and comprehending course content outside of the classroom – which is viewed within Panopto – and then come to class prepared to apply their knowledge through activities and discussions with their peers and instructors. There are a variety of ways to flip your classroom; everything from teaching styles, information resources, student interaction, and more is tailored to the needs of the coursework.
This classroom approach allows for a more personalized and student-centered learning experience as students can work at their own pace, ask questions, and receive feedback from their peers and instructors.
5. Event Recording and Streaming
Panopto provides the ability to record, stream and edit events such as lectures, conferences, and seminars.
Event recording can even include everything from a commencement address to a sporting event. At The University of Chichester, Professor Laura Ritchie even used Panopto’s event live streaming capabilities in a unique circumstance – running a 24-hour tribute to jazz musician Herbie Hancock to celebrate International Jazz Day.
By capturing these events on video, institutions can make these resources available to students, faculty, and staff for future reference, which can aid in enhancing learning and knowledge retention.
6. Knowledge Sharing and Professional Development
Higher education leaders have found that video offers opportunities beyond the faculty to student relationship – but faculty and staff themselves have found that it is easy to use their VMS to enhance knowledge sharing within their institution and departments.
Continuous learning and development are essential for individuals and organizations to thrive. Video helps empower colleagues to teach each other, and committing these teachings to video creates a wealth of knowledge your institution can preserve for years to come. Informal knowledge sharing, also known as social learning, offers benefits that include increased engagement and creativity.
7. Student Assessment
Did you know that Panopto offers interactive quizzing within videos? While this may not be the top of the list of how customers are leveraging Panopto within their institution, those who take advantage of this feature have an easy way to assess students who watch learning videos.
Panopto offers a unique interactive quizzing tool that allows users to insert various types of questions such as multiple-choice, multiple-select, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions directly into their videos. This feature helps to reinforce key concepts, improve student knowledge retention, and allow faculty an opportunity to kick-start upcoming in-class activities. Plus, faculty are able to use the insights to better understand areas where comprehension may be lacking or to optimize the delivery of course materials.