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Case Study: Live Broadcasting Lectures At Lancaster University with Panopto

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The Digital Technologies Unit at Lancaster University began piloting Panopto’s lecture capture and video management solution in 2012. Their initial plan was to focus on rolling Panopto out at one of …

The Digital Technologies Unit at Lancaster University began piloting Panopto’s lecture capture and video management solution in 2012. Their initial plan was to focus on rolling Panopto out at one of their Faculties as a pilot and to use the system to allow students to review lectures they had attended on-demand – something that both students and lecturers had been requesting. However, when one of their academics asked them for a short-term technical fix to allow him to deliver his oversubscribed lecture series to all the students who had signed up, they discovered that Panopto was also agile enough to help the University fulfil
student demand in ways they hadn’t anticipated.

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  • 1. Beyond lecture capture: Panopto transforms how students learn and communicate USING PANOPTO TO LIVE BROADCAST LECTURES AT LANCASTER UNIVERSITY ABOUT | Now approaching its 50th year, Lancaster University is a The Digital Technologies Unit at Lancaster University began piloting Panopto’s world-class centre for teaching and lecture capture and video management solution in 2012. Their initial plan was research located in the North West to focus on rolling Panopto out at one of their Faculties as a pilot and to use of England. The University places the system to allow students to review lectures they had attended on-demand – great emphasis on a strong student something that both students and lecturers had been requesting. However, when experience and employability and one of their academics asked them for a short-term technical fix to allow him to gives students access to academics deliver his oversubscribed lecture series to all the students who had signed up, who are experts in their field. they discovered that Panopto was also agile enough to help the University fulfil Lancaster’s community extends far student demand in ways they hadn’t anticipated. beyond the campus with research, A SNAPSHOT OF THE CHALLENGE October 2012: a new university term is about to start. An academic discovers that one of his classes has struck a chord with students and is proving incredibly popular. The only problem is that the room booked for this class can only hold teaching and student exchange partnerships with leading universities and institutions in 24 countries globally. TOTAL ENROLMENT | 12,525 WEBSITE | www.lancaster.ac.uk 300 students and 350 want to sign up. While the university arranges a bigger room to accommodate all of the students, the question is, how can they make sure the extra 50 students can access the same lecture content as those in the main lecture theatre? An obvious solution is to set up a temporary overflow class. But as the class is due to run 2 - 3 times a week, having to set up a link with manual equipment multiple times a week will involve several members of staff and the team does not have this resource to spare. The question for the Digital Technologies Team is: can they find a way to make the temporary overflow class work so that all of their students are happy without placing an untenable burden on their staff? With the term about to start, David Neal, Digital Technologies Engineer suggests trying Panopto’s live broadcasting functionality as their fix while they make longer-term arrangements. Everyone involved with the pilot of Panopto was pleased with its flexibility and reliability. — David Neal, Digital Technologies Engineer
  • 2. Beyond lecture capture: Panopto transforms how students learn and communicate THE PANOPTO SOLUTION Reflecting on what happened next, David Neal comments: “We needed a quick and easy way to connect students with the lecturers’ content while we worked on a longer-term plan and Panopto seemed to offer us the best way forward. Obviously, as we hadn’t originally intended to use Panopto for live event broadcasting, we were curious to see whether it would deliver what we needed. “What we found was that it was incredibly easy to use – I just opened up the Panopto Recorder as usual and ticked the box that said ‘broadcast and record’. This auto-generated a URL which we could then simply pull up in the overflow room to let the students there see essentially all the same things as those in the main lecture room – video of the lecturer, audio, his powerpoint slides; everything. “With the Panopto solution, we only needed one member of the team to make With just a couple of clicks, lecturers can share their content with whatever groups they want to reach. This is a big relief for our academics... it means they retain control over their course material. sure the URL was playing in the overflow venue (and to tick the box!), it really — David Neal, Digital Technologies Engineer took no time at all.” FUTURE PLANS WITH PANOPTO Following the success of live broadcasting, David Neal’s team plans to roll out Panopto across the whole university, primarily for its original intended purpose as a lecture capture tool. The new challenge will be doing this at a pace lecturers can absorb, ensuring they feel comfortable with the technology. The Digital Technologies Team believes that Panopto’s remote recorder will play a key role here – allowing them to schedule lecture capture centrally PANOPTO AT LANCASTER UNIVERSITY – THE STORY IN NUMBERS 1 member of staff to initiate each live broadcast 350 satisfied students attending an and removing the burden from academics entirely. The fact that recordings go to a private folder that only lecturers have access to before they are made public through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will also help the adoption process, reassuring lecturers that they can review their content before students can. The university also wants to trial different set-ups, for instance by using a camera with an operator in conjunction with Panopto to achieve different effects with the solution. oversubscribed course thanks to Panopto 750 lectures recorded so far 12,525 students at the university who will benefit from the campus-wide roll-out of Panopto 24,000 views of Panopto recordings since October 2012 Interested? Visit us online at www.panopto.com, or contact us directly for a free trial: +44 (0)20 3137 5955 | uk@panopto.com @Panopto linkedin.com/company/panopto