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Why Dartmouth College and Duke University Choose Panopto

Today’s students crave interactive and immersive learning experiences that cater to their diverse learning styles. As a result, video has swiftly transformed the way students learn and educators teach in the modern academic setting. 

Forward-thinking institutions and educators are harnessing the power of video to create a more engaging, inclusive, and impactful educational environment – and they need the proper tools to achieve academic excellence. For many higher education institutions, they choose Panopto.

Panopto’s video management system (VMS) was purpose-built for education and has become essential to the learning environment of over 10 million end users. The solution allows educators to record, store, and share videos of lectures, presentations, and other educational content. 

Dartmouth College and Duke University are two of the many institutions that have adopted Panopto as a key tool in their teaching and learning strategies.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, is a prestigious Ivy League institution renowned for its exceptional liberal arts education. Known for its close-knit community, collaborative spirit, and dedication to fostering critical thinking and global citizenship, Dartmouth offers a strong commitment to academic excellence. 

The college has a long history of using technology in its teaching and learning strategies and has chosen Panopto as the institution’s VMS for flexibility and integrations.

Flexible Classroom Experiences

Dartmouth College chose Panopto for its ability to offer flexible classroom experiences. After the COVID-19 pandemic, when many classes were moved to an online environment, Dartmouth recognized the shortcomings of its current technology offerings and chose Panopto to offer a more flexible classroom ecosystem. The solution allows educators to record and share videos of lectures, presentations, and other educational content with ease and has allowed Dartmouth College to continue delivering high-quality education to its students, even in a virtual environment.

An Integrated, Streamlined Classroom Ecosystem

Another benefit of using Panopto is its ability to streamline complicated workflows and integrate with other technologies – saving both time and money. Prior to Panopto, Dartmouth offered multiple video tools for different reasons. With the move to Panopto, the institution uses one video tool for creating, storing, and sharing video learning content. It also integrates seamlessly with Dartmouth College’s learning management system (LMS), Canvas. This allows educators to share videos of lectures and other educational content directly with their students through the LMS. Panopto also integrates with other technologies, such as Zoom, which allows educators to conduct live virtual classes and meetings and effortlessly save those recordings to one content library.


Duke University

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina recognized for its exceptional academic programs and commitment to interdisciplinary education. With a strong emphasis on research and innovation, Duke University fosters a collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit among its students and faculty.

To assist in the delivery of a rigorous academic curriculum, groundbreaking research, and commitment to social impact, Duke University chose Panopto as the institution’s VMS for ease-of-use and enhanced student engagement.

Easy-to-Use Learning Technology

One of the main reasons Duke University chose Panopto is its ease of use. The solution is user-friendly and requires minimal training, which has been particularly useful for faculty members who may not have extensive experience with technology. Features such as the Zoom integration and simple, secure video sharing are intuitive and fit into the faculty’s already existing workflows. 

“It’s really easy to share. You can quickly send a link to all of the participants in a meeting and they’ll get an email that’s got the transcript and a little preview of the meeting. That’s part of what makes Panopto a really compelling solution for the challenge of how to store your meetings,” Duke OIT Media Engineer Todd Stabley, Duke’s project manager for Panopto, told Duke Today.

Panopto has allowed faculty members to focus on delivering high-quality education to their students, rather than spending time navigating complex technology.

Enhanced Student Engagement

Another benefit of using Panopto is its ability to enhance student engagement. With the ability to pause, rewind, and revisit specific sections of recorded sessions through advanced search technology, students can reinforce their understanding of complex concepts and ensure they grasp the material thoroughly. This flexibility also benefits those who may have missed a class or need to review content for exams or assignments. Panopto has allowed faculty members to create engaging content that keeps students motivated and interested in the course material.

Panopto is an Essential Tool in Education

Dartmouth College and Duke University are only two examples of higher education institutions recognizing the benefits of Panopto, including flexibility, ease of use, and the ability to enhance student engagement. With its versatility and user-friendly features, Panopto has become an indispensable tool in education, revolutionizing the way instructors teach and students learn, ultimately fostering a high-quality, impactful, and interactive learning environment.


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