What is Panopto?

What is Panopto?

Video Files and Blackboard

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 ServerScreen Shot 2016-07-18 at 1.44.50 PM
      • 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.


Streaming Video Resources for Online Classes

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.
  • There are a number of educator oriented streaming media sites available on the web.  The collection is dynamic, and, again, will take periodic link-checking and monitoring. Here is an example: http://www.refseek.com/directory/educational_videos.html and, if you are willing to look in multiple places, the openculture video forum lists a number of links to other resources.
  • 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.

Please give us immediate feedback on video streaming issues here:  The Good, The Bad, and the Needs Improvement