3 in 4 students at the University of Newcastle use Panopto for revision

The Challenge

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an educational institution with a 185-year history of unrelenting curiosity, innovation, and critical thinking. Seeing diversity and sustainability as its greatest assets, VUB continually strives to further multidisciplinary cooperation and societal relevance.

A forward-thinking, international university, VUB implemented Panopto in 2009 to increase lecture accessibility for its diverse learner base, which includes many working students.

Despite the adoption of Panopto throughout VUB, the university still depended on a classroom-based pedagogy. When COVID-19 lockdowns separated students and educators, VUB was forced to adapt to an entirely remote learning model.

Create, upload, manage, and view video content with Panopto's BlackBoard integration

The Solution

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.

The Impact

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

Increasing Student Engagement in the Classroom

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.”

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