Member of staff giving a lecture

Panopto can be used to create instructional content from your desk. You can download Panopto personal recorder onto your own (or departmental) computer, laptop or tablet and record your presentation using in-build or off the shelf microphones, cameras or webcams connected to it.

The user can control what is recorded, can pause or resume recordings, do basic editing and manage how it is distributed.

How to guides

How do I record with Panopto for Windows or Mac?

We recommend that you make a short recording (either offline or in your staff personal folder) to familiarise yourself with the process and simulate the type of recording you will eventually make. For instance, if you plan to use a presentation, enable the PowerPoint option in your test recording.

If you wish to use the Panopto Recorder on your own or departmental device, view the recording guides (Windows or Mac).

Can I use Panopto to promote an active learning approach?

With more universities moving to lecture capture, we see increasingly diverse uses for Panopto, both in terms of the range of disciplines now embracing video for learning and the ways in which academics are using video to promote an active learning approach for their students.

Have a look at some active learning examples in HE: 8 Active Learning Examples in Higher Education

Can Panopto be used in a laboratory or workshop?

Panopto is currently being used in laboratories in Chemical Engineering and Earth Sciences to create videos for use in lab demonstration and instruction experiment recordings. An example of such instructional recording can been seen here.

If you are interested in exploring and facilitating a concept of video-led instruction within Imperial LAB spaces, please get in touch with FoE Ed Tech Team. 

Can I use Panopto for a flipped classroom activity?

The flipped classroom is a pedagogical model, where the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects or discussions.

Panopto makes flipping the classroom easy, with flexible software that academics can use to record anything, anytime, anywhere, from any device — and share the recordings instantly with their students.

Here are some examples of unique flipped classroom models from Panopto’s blog.