Panopto – Student video assignments

This page explains how to create a folder in Panopto for students to record presentations into. The student will need to log into Panopto to record the sessions. Sessions can be recorded as many times as necessary and can be edited.

Example scenario

For an assessment, students are required to give a group or individual presentation. There are too many students to record during teaching time, so you ask students to record a Panopto video before a deadline. You can create a Panopto folder that allows all students on your associated Blackboard course to record or upload a video. Students use their computer or phone to record the presentation and upload it to Panopto. The student watches back their presentation and can choose to edit it or delete it and record again. When the deadline occurs, the tutor closes the assignment folder to ensure that students can no longer change their videos.

This scenario is preferred for:

  • When finding rooms would be difficult for a large class size.
  • Presentations filmed out on location.
  • Classes where it is felt that an academic presence would hinder the students’ performance.
  • Presentations that may require editing.

This set up can also be used in conjunction with any student assessment system such as eAssignments. As once your students have submitted to the Panopto folder they can just send a document with a link to their video to your chosen assessment system.

How to set up the above scenario

Note that students will be able to create recordings as soon as these instructions are followed. These instructions should be followed just before the assessment is opened.

  • Open your Blackboard course.
  • Navigate and select the ‘Recorded Sessions’ area.
  • Once you can see your Panopto area select the Panopto folders ‘Settings’.
A Blackboard course with 'Recorded Sessions' selected showing the courses Panopto folder.
  • The ‘Settings’ can be found in the top right-hand corner with an icon of a cog.
Panopto courses folder highlight showing the menu options of: Share. Stats. Settings. Open up in a new window.
  • On the page that appears select “Create assignment folder”.
Course Panopto folder 'Overview' page with 'Create Assignment Folder' selected.

This will create a new subfolder called “Your Course Name [Assignments]” that your students can record into.

Course Panopto folder 'Overview' page showing an assignment folder has been created.

You can look at the folder at any point. Notice in your Blackboard courses Panopto area, you can now see a new sub folder for the assignments. Selecting this will allow you to view the videos that have been submitted.

A Blackboard course with 'Recorded Sessions' selected showing the courses Panopto folder. Highlighting a sub folder for courses assignments.

Your students will be able to edit or delete their work in this folder. They can record into it using either the Panopto Recorders or by uploading a video file.

They can navigate to the assignment folder the same way as you, by going to the Blackboard course, then the Panopto page and selecting the visible folder. Or alternatively going to Panopto directly and looking under ‘My Folders’.

If students get stuck they can always contact iSolutions for guidance.

It is then at this point you students should copy the link to their submitted recording into a document, which in turn gets uploaded to the assessment system. E.g a Word document in Turnitin with the video link.

At the assignment deadline

Once your deadline has passed you can then close off the folder to students. Meaning students can no longer edit or upload content, but you can still play content.

  • Open up your Blackboard course and navigate to your courses main Panopto folder. Note: do not go into the assignment folder.
  • Select the ‘Settings’ cog icon in the top right.
Panopto courses folder highlight showing the menu options of: Share. Stats. Settings. Open up in a new window.
  • Under the Assignment Folder section, select the blue ‘Close’ text button.
Course Panopto folder 'Overview' page highlighting a blue text 'Close' button.
  • When you select this button you will need to accept the second confirmation button to allow the folder to be closed to students.
Course Panopto folder 'Overview' page showing a confirmation box.

Once the folder has closed you will now see that the folder has a date stamp showing when it was closed down. The blue link will take you to the folder directly, but additionally you will always see the folder on the top bar of your Panopto area of your Panopto course.

Course Panopto folder 'Overview' page showing a closed assignment folder.

You may wish to move the video files out of the assignments folder. Or you may wish to change the viewing or ‘Share’ permissions of the videos to allow students to see each others work.

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