Integrating Panopto Video Capturing Services Into Your Canvas Course

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer

Senior Lecturer in Statistics and Forestry

Canvas user since: Fall 2016
Courses on Canvas: FES 510, S&DS 101, S&DS 102, S&DS 103, S&DS 105, S&DS 109, S&DS 220/520, S&DS 230/530, S&DS 363/563

“I am trying to create a multitude of ways that students can learn. […] Some of them have a particular modality they like. Many of them use more than one.”

Jonathan Reuning-Scherer, Senior Lecturer in Statistics and Forestry and winner of the 2015 Richard H. Brodhead ’68 Prize for Teaching Excellence, takes his audience through a tour of the hardware, software, and web-based interfaces he used to incorporate Panopto’s video capturing service available into his teaching. 

Reuning-Scherer usefully points out that many classrooms at Yale are already equipped with permanent cameras, which allow faculty to video their lectures and other class activities. Panopto is able to simultaneously capture video of the classroom, audio from microphones, and presentations or other media projected on screens. 

He also uses Panopto to supplement what happens in the classroom and to provide feedback to students quickly. As he states, “You can use [Panopto] to do a quick video capture of yourself, just through your own camera. So if you wanted to respond to questions that students posed online, or ‘I got the feeling in class that you didn’t get this today. Here’s three minutes of response.’ It’s very easy then to upload it onto Canvas.”

Importantly, Reuning-Scherer demonstrates that it isn’t only the way he manages and organizes video content, but that it is also the way his students access and watch that content. Using Panopto in three of his courses over the past year, including STAT 10x, an Intro Stats course with 250 undergrads, as well as a flipped version of this course for graduate students, he found that students used the service in different ways. But by capturing his lectures, all students are able to go back and review course materials on their own time. 

Reuning-Scherer also gives a demonstration of Media Libary in Canvas, where Panopto appears. During the Q&A portion of the talk, an audience member points out that instructors can annotate videos as certain points, and students can send questions based on time codes, as well. 



This video was published as part of Canvas @ Yale Lightning Talks on May 4, 2017, held at the Center for Teaching and Learning.