The cloud-based hosting service Panopto, managed by the Coulter Faculty Commons, is the WCU supported service for hosting and streaming video for your online and blended learning experiences.
Here are some of the things you can do with Panopto:
So, get started in one or more of the following ways:
On your own by activating Panopto within your Blackboard course by clicking the Panopto tool link on the left side of our course console and following the prompts to create a course specific Panopto folder. (see enabling panopto in Blackboard)
Navigate in your browser to panopto.wcu.edu; log in via Blackboard and play in your personal folder (which isn’t shared unless you decide to share it).
Call or email Jonathan Wade in the Coulter Faculty Commons to arrange a personal and/or group introduction. He’s available for staff meetings, department meetings, and all catered events.
Remember, it is web based. It saves automatically. And you can’t break it.
A Few Reminders About Best Practices of Sharing Video With Your Students Through Blackboard
If you have moved links from a copied course and they are not working, it is likely that the links are:
Connected to a web resource that has moved (for example a YouTube video)
Expired links from the retired FPA Media Server
If you had content on the server and have not received our communication about migrating from the server to Panopto, you will need to request that network services move the archived copies of your files to a temporary server. You will then have approximately two weeks to download the materials to your local machine and/or your OneDrive acccount.
You may be able to upload the files directly from the temporary server space into Panopto (our video streaming and storage solution), and you will certainly be able to upload them from your local machine.
The CFC Staff will be happy to help you make the connections to create the temporary files and to learn how to do the uploads.
You can link to any web video resource (such as YouTube), but be prepared to check all such links before the assignment, because those links are subject to change.
Although Blackboard seems to have the opportunity to upload video, using that feature is not advised. Uploading video directly into Blackboard will have uncertain results and often will degrade the integrity and functionality of your course. Instead, we recommend that you use the system that has been designed to integrate into Blackboard to provide streaming video, Panopto.
As a professor at WCU, you have unlimited access to Panopto as a creator within your courses and within the folder called My Folder and within any folders you create by associating Panopto with your Blackboard Classes.
Access Panopto at panopto.wcu.edu and use Blackboard as your log-in.
Panopto is adaptive to the device the viewer is using and to the bandwidth requirements of the users. This should make it more functional for our distance education users.
Panopto also allows you to upload a transcribe your videos to add closed captions to enhance universal design and accessibility standards.
We look forward to hearing about how you use Panopto.
The CFC Educational Technology Team and the Library are working to understand, support, and document the needs that faculty have for legally obtained streaming video that can be linked to your Blackboard courses.
Before the end of the semester, we should have a full update of the currently available resources in place and have a process for recording and demonstrating the need for any gaps in resources.
For now, though, we know that some of you are working on the preparation of your fall classes. With that in mind, remember the following:
You can use the Panopto tool link or can simply paste the web link from your Panopto folder into your Blackboard course. This is for videos you already have, own, or have personally certified as falling under public domain or fair use.
You can always insert a YouTube or other link into Blackboard (understanding that web-links need to be checked periodically).
If you are looking for video sources, a good place to start is the library media resources: http://researchguides.wcu.edu/c.php?g=529008 Remember that if you aren’t finding what you need, we can seek funding for finding it only by establishing a need, so let us know.
The best method for reporting a need for a resource is to contact the collection manager, Jessica Zellers, but the CFC Ed Tech team will be glad to help in whatever way we can.
Consider focusing on a specific non-profit source of content. Cultural heritage organizations, have continually increasing collections of content that are available to the public that are appropriate for higher educational use. Their dedicated museum education programs are often underutilized by higher education faculty because of the nature of disciplinary and organizational silos. If you are interested in a discovery meeting and sample directory of those sorts of services in your discipline, please contact Jonathan Wade at the CFC.