Lecture Recording

The University’s lecture recording service is Panopto, this service is fully integrated with Moodle, the University’s VLE. Panopto allows for the simultaneous capture of audio, video, and desktop applications such as PowerPoint.

All videos uploaded to Panopto are automatically captioned in order to meet the University’s web accessibility obligations,  for further details view the Captioning Guidelines for Recording Teaching Events.

Getting Started with Panopto – Quick Guides

  • Getting Started with Panopto. A complete guide to basic use of Panopto within your Moodle module.  Video
  • Accessing Panopto on a Managed laptops shows how to find the installation programme in Windows Software Centre. Note that, once installed, the best way to access and use Panopto is via your Moodle module  Guidance Document
  • Accessing Panopto on a Personal computers – show how to install the Panopto recorder. Guidance Document
  • Add a Panopto Block to your Moodle Module page Necessary first step to enabling Panopto in your Moodle module.  Guidance Document – Video
  • Sharing Panopto Videos across modules to provide students with access to videos in a module they are not enrolled on Guidance DocumentVideo
  • Copying Panopto videos to other modules Can be used to achieve a similar purpose to the above. By default, the ‘copy’ is not a physical copy, but a shortcut to the original video. Guidance Document
    Uploading Course notes and Recordings to Moodle shows how to organise notes and recordings into your course sections. Guidance Document
  • Feedback with Panopto shows how to allow students to record and upload videos, and where you can leave feedback using the Discussions feature. Guidance Document

Editing Panopto Videos

There are a wide range of support topics on the Panopto help site, see the links below for guidance on Editing Panopto Videos

Further support can be found on the Panopto website

Student Guidance


Using Panopto

A Panopto recording can be made from personal computers, managed laptops, and in any teaching room or staff computer.

Classrooms have data projectors, document cameras, as well as fixed cameras and microphones required for recording purposes.  Further details on Lecture Theatre & Classroom AV equipment can be found here.  

Staff can also use a broadcasting space to record lectures, these can be booked using Resource Booker.


Advising Students on Your Use of Panopto

Students must be advised if the class is being recorded and that their voice may be recorded if in proximity to the microphone. Additionally, portable cameras must be positioned so that student images are not captured. Students must also be advised of their rights to have their voice excluded from the recording, and so the following information for students can be copied into an opening PowerPoint slide and adapted as required;

  • Not all lectures will be recorded.
  • Purpose of the recording (eg. for your review or for reuse with distance learners)
  • What is being recorded (eg. presentation slides, lecturer’s audio and video)
  • When available (eg. within 5 days after review or editing)
  • Where to access (eg. in the Moodle module)
  • Downloading and sharing the recording is not permitted.
  • If you do not wish your voice to be recorded then inform the lecturer
  • Lecture Capture student guidelines can be accessed here

You have the ability to pause and resume recordings so that student contributions can to be made to the lecture without being recorded. The recording can be edited to remove sections before being made available to students.


What are the benefits for students?

When students adopt the two approaches that maximise the educational impact of classroom recordings then a wide range of benefits can be realised. Firstly, attending the lecture and viewing the recording as soon as possible after it has been made available ensures that key frames of reference are maintained. Secondly, focussing on specific sections of the recording rather than replaying the whole recording ensures that their time is used to good effect. The benefits of classroom recordings are well established in the sector as being an inclusive approach to curriculum support and which include the following,

  • allows students to revisit complex material that is difficult to understand, and at their own pace
  • students who do not speak English fluently can rewatch recordings and even slow down sections
  • supports effective note taking after the lecture allowing students to ‘write what they think’ rather than what is said by the lecturer
  • aids the revision process and preparation for exams.
  • access for distance learning students helps with a sense of belonging to the learning community
  • catching up on lectures missed due to illness and other personal issues

This page on MyNapier provides a briefing for students on how they can maximise the educational impact of classroom recordings.


What is the impact on academic staff?

Evidence from the sector report benefits for staff who embrace classroom recordings within their teaching practice, and these include,

  • access to reports that identify which students viewed your recordings, and the specific areas students spending most time which is suggestive of concepts they are struggling with
  • a shifting of note taking emphasis from verbatim content to ‘write what you think’ that promotes deeper engagement with the concepts during the lecture
  • a reusable resource that can be made available to other students, and form the basis of a flipped classroom in future delivery of the module.
  • absent students have a greater resources to allow them to catch up on their own and less need of the academic’s time.

A common concern of recordings is the impact on attendance however the evidence from the sector suggests that students will not substitute lecture attendance with viewing the recordings, and that access to recordings has little or no impact on attendance (Nordmann and McGeorge, 2018).

There are no automated recordings available during the Panopto trial and so staff are required to launch the Panopto recorder from the network applications, and then start and stop the recording as required during class. Publishing to Moodle is also a manual process and so the video can be edited if there are sections of the recordings to be removed. The sooner the recording can be made available to students the better so that they can review it while still fresh in their minds.

Nordmann, E. and McGeorge, P. (2018). Lecture capture in higher education: time to learn from the learners.10.17605/OSF.IO/UX29V. Available from https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/ux29v.

For more information contact the Learning Technology Support team.