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Panopto Video Platform - Students

Last updated on Sep 29, 2021

Panopto is a fully-featured video hosting platform with unlimited storage. It has its own desktop recording application (go to Panopto and select "Download Panopto" from the upper right menu), though you can also upload and share videos created in other applications. You can embed slides from Keynote or Powerpoint and PDFs in videos. CCA uses Panopto to share videos in classes; your instructors may share lecture recordings or tutorial videos with you and may ask you to upload your own work to Panopto.

Student Submissions in Moodle using Panopto

See this video for a quick overview of the student submission process.

Submitting a video assignment using Panopto is simple but does need to be done in a specific manner. While faculty can structure assignments in a number of different ways, here is a high-level outline that should be applicable to most assignments:

  • Visit the Assignment or Forum in Moodle
  • Select Add Submission for an Assignment or create a new post for a Forum
  • In the text editor, use the green Panopto button and then select Student from the dropdown menu
  • Panopto provides three different ways of submitting your video:
    • Choose an existing video that's already in Panopto, for instance if you had already uploaded it by visiting Panopto directly
    • Upload a video file
    • Record a new video using either Panopto's desktop recording app or the new browser-based "Capture" app
  • Once your video has been selected or finished uploading, use the Insert button to add it to the Moodle text editor
  • Save, post, or submit your assignment using the button at the bottom

Student submission button in Panopto

Moodle has its own video recording button, which looks like a black video camera. Some assignments may also let you upload video files directly into Moodle. Neither of these approaches adds videos to Panopto and saves them there! Be careful to use the green Panopto button when your instructor asks you to.

When you are using Panopto to choose/upload/record a video, there will be a dropdown menu at the top of the dialog showing what folder you are placing the video in. No matter what folder you choose here, a copy will go into a special "Student Submissions" folder that only your instructor can see. You can use this menu to place a second copy of your video wherever you want it, for instance your personal "My Folder".

Some instructors may ask you to place your video in an assignments folder in Panopto. These folders usually have names like "PHCRT-2000-11-2021SP: TechnoEthics [assignments]" (note the bracketed "[assignments]" on the end).

Other Notes about Panopto

Panopto has organizational features that help structure your media. You can store videos in named folders; annotate videos with text, chapter titles, a table of contents, or links to relevant websites; and create your own personal Bookmarks. You can store your personal content in Panopto and you will be able to download it later should you need to. We have yet to finalize a policy on how long videos will be kept but Panopto's default policy is that content is deleted only after three years of inactivity (no viewing or editing).

Panopto also has social features for managing discussion around your content. You can share videos with particular people, post notes or questions on them, and even conduct quizzes in the middle of a video.

Who can see my videos?

You have full control over your videos' sharing settings but here are some general guidelines:

  • If you correctly follow the instructions for an assignment submission, your instructor will be able to see your video. Your fellow students may be able to see it depending on how your instructor arranges the assignment.
  • If you upload to your personal folder ("My Folder"), only you can see it.
  • You can alter the sharing settings on your videos, sharing with particular people or "everyone at CCA", much like you do with documents in Google Drive.

Can I use Panopto without using Moodle?

Yes! Panopto is tightly integrated with Moodle but does not rely upon it. You can sign in at and manage your videos there. If your instructor is not using Moodle, you will still be able to share videos with them but you may need to follow special instructions to ensure that they are able to see them. For instance, your instructor may ask you to upload into a special folder or they may ask you to share videos with them one-by-one by typing their name into the "Sharing" menu.