The University of Newcastle is a research-intensive university focused on supporting its academics, students, and staff in pursuing innovative solutions to the world’s great challenges.
While lecture capture technology and video management systems had been available on campus at the University of Newcastle for several years, technology leaders soon began to feel the stress of managing an on-premises system that did not scale easily.
The University of Newcastle’s video library began to approach its storage limits, which in turn impacted system performance. System downtime also became a problem and frequently prevented students from accessing critical course materials when they needed them. Academics also lacked the tools to easily create video content for their courses outside of the classroom.
The University of Newcastle selected Panopto not only as a scalable solution for securely hosting and streaming video content online but also as a flexible set of native tools for recording and editing that would give teachers the ability to create course videos on their own. Compared to other campus video technologies, Panopto offered a complete platform that was as sophisticated as it was affordable.
With Panopto, the University of Newcastle was able to arm its academic staff with the technology they needed to create rich and engaging course content, then share it from anywhere, on any device.
“Panopto makes it easy to create and upload videos from anywhere in the world to connect with your audience.”Ben Armstrong, Learning Technology Support Specialist, Learning Design and Teaching Innovation Unit, University of Newcastle
Academics use synchronous class time – via Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate – to engage students in active learning rather than delivering lectures. Recordings from synchronous sessions held via Zoom are then automatically uploaded to Panopto, where it’s easy for remote students to find, watch, and review live sessions.
The University of Newcastle’s strategic use of both synchronous and asynchronous video technologies has driven a 25% increase in engagement with course videos in Panopto.
“We’re beginning to see more academics using the flexible, blended model of learning where students absorb the information prior to class and then spend their in-class time actually working through problems and engaging with teachers,” explained Ben Armstrong, Learning Technology Support Specialist in the Learning Design and Teaching Innovation Unit. Looking towards the future, Armstrong believes that, with the transformations and trends in teaching and learning happening in response to the pandemic, “The day of the lecture might soon be dead.”