One of the biggest challenges of online education is making personal and meaningful connections with students. In traditional classrooms, this happens quite naturally because students can see, and directly engage, with their instructor. Students are able to collect various types of information about their instructor via body language, speech intonation, and all other manner of verbal and nonverbal cues. For students taking online courses, their instructors often only appear as words on a page. Even the most personable and compassionate instructors must work hard to convey emotions, insightful thoughts, and feelings when they only have the vehicle of writing with which to do so.
Enter Panopto! Panopto, developed at Carnegie Mellon University, is a user friendly video platform used in boardrooms and classrooms across the globe to provide opportunities for a personal touch and interaction between individuals and groups. Panopto is a comprehensive video content management system which allows instructors to upload, manage, and share videos and lectures. One of the reasons that Panopto is a top choice for higher education institutions is its ability to seamlessly integrate with a variety of Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle. This is exactly why Kettering University Online chose Panopto when it began looking for video solutions for the online classroom.
Panopto provides both synchronous and asynchronous options, in addition to supportive features like built-in video analytics, automatic coding so videos can play across several devices, a web-based editor, and transcription. These options have allowed Panopto to re-invigorate the field of online learning. A final feature, warranting special attention, is Panopto’s comprehensive search engine ability within any video or recording. For example, if a student wants to learn more about a topic within a lecture, he or she can do a simple search and Panopto generates a list all of the places that term appears. Regardless of whether it was printed on a slide or spoken in a lecture, the search engine finds and highlights the term. This provides an ease and efficiency for both instructor and student which are prime objectives when teaching and learning in an online environment. This is just one example of using cutting-edge technology to create high quality learning experiences for the students at Kettering University Online.
As a result of using Panopto’s technology outside of the classroom, Kettering University won an award in the Panopto Showcase Contest for its live-streaming of the 2016 Kettering University Commencement.