Panopto: Instructions for installation and use   Simple solution for recording lectures

Panopto: Instructions for installation and use

Simple solution for recording lectures


This documentation is currently under revision (9.3.2021).

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Since the start of the autumn semester 2020, the University of Basel will provide lecturers with a new tool to support their digital teaching. Panopto allows you to easily record and distribute your lectures. This course will give you an introduction to the software and explain the audio-visual media set. You will also learn how to integrate your newly created content into your lecture. The recording of individual events as well as the integration of the room equipment is still under construction and will be included in this manual in due time.


Last Update: 09.03.2021

The corona pandemic has had a huge impact on teaching. The current distancing and hygiene rules only allow for limited use of physical classrooms, and we have to be prepared for students to be absent at any given time. Much of our teaching content is therefore being offered online. The digital transformation of teaching is underway. Obviously, we are all looking forward to teaching face-to-face again. But in the meantime, the current situation is showing us how our face-to-face teaching could in the future be enhanced by online content.

In the first days and weeks of the pandemic, the aim was to switch to online teaching as quickly and pragmatically as possible. On the whole, this worked well. However, it was clear right from the start that our portfolio of tools would have to be expanded. It is not a question of offering as many types of software as possible, but rather of having a basic set of tools that support the teaching and learning experience without a great deal of additional effort for the lecturers.

Panopto is one of these tools. You can use it to create video recordings of your lectures and share those lectures with your students. With Panopto, you can:

  • Record lectures - including slides - at home or in the lecture hall using a laptop.
  • Very easily edit and share these recordings with your students without requiring a SWITCHTube channel.
  • Conduct so-called webcasts: these are livestreams that you can prepare, plan, and invite your audience to via a link.
  • Set up various interactive options such as chats or discussions.

With Panopto, your students can:

  • Watch your lectures independently of attendance.
  • Switch back and forth between the lecturer and the slides, if needed.
  • Take notes on the lectures and, if necessary, use other interactive options.

Panopto allows you to easily record your lectures, with little preparation time. You can do the recording yourself, and your students will experience your lecture as if they were in the lecture hall. However, these recordings will not be stored forever. Unlike services such as MOOCs or Tales courses Panopto recordings are deleted from the Cloud two years after their last view. This deletion process is automated. In the case of recordings in which students are recognizable, the creator of the video is - for reasons of data protection - responsible for deleting them after six months.

If you are interested in longer-term solutions for teaching your courses online, please contact the New Media Center to discuss available options.

You will find more information about the services offered at the University of Basel in the course online teaching.