After GVSU’s successful first full year with Panopto the team was excited to learn new ways to use Panopto to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff at GVSU as well as address some of the challenges that were found in the 2018-2019 academic year. Specifically, the eLearning team was excited to learn more about how other institutions implemented Panopto in ways to encourage faculty to create and share short (5-10 minute long) videos as well as better integrate Panopto into Blackboard.
Below are the notes from the team on the various sessions that were attended at Panopto Focus 2019:
Opening Session – Dave Cormier
The opening keynote presented by Dave Cormier the original coiner of the term MOOC discussed Rhizomatic view of curriculum and a transfer away from pedagogy to andragogy to encourage independence and curiosity in learning.
[extrinsic motivators] improve performance in ‘algorithmic’, or repetitious tasks but are less effective or even counterproductive at ‘heuristic’ tasks that require creativity, concentration, or intuition. (Grant and Green)
To do so educators must…
- Build common ground and language from the start
- Show what students are learning is part of larger complex ecosystem
- Design courses so learners can follow their own path and show how the learning impacts their life not just for course content and assessment
- Measure effort endorse independence and creativity
- Simple Project
- Simple straight forward solutions
- No subject matter expert needed
- Complicated Project
- Long, but straight forward set of steps
- Need a subject matter expert
- Complex Project
- Only able to work on part of the problem
- Teacher that cultivates a solution
- Need to create a product that can efficiently be use and changed with the times
- Trying to encourage independence and collaboration in complex problems
- Looking for answers, not THE answer
- Be realistic about how long this takes
- Making knowledge out of information
- Doing this helps to create a course community
- You don’t always start the day knowing what you need to learn
- Intrinsic motivation for learning
- How to teach someone to learn without being behind them
- Measure effort
- Using HDMI to USB 3.0 Converter to stream external (non webcams)
- Multiple camera setup in most rooms that this is done in
- Omni Directional room mics
- Ability to automatically identify viewers
- Use cases
- Professional development conferences
- Student information sessions
- Maybe LIB 100 events?
- Confirm student attendance
- Assessment Review
- Watching student groups live interacting in a simulation
- Health fields
- Intercampus communication
- Cross-Campus teaching
- Example: Physics prof in campus A, Math prof in campus B
- Have a single person setup the stream and be the online moderator
- General Equipment List
- USB webcam or Prosumer camera with HDMI to USB adapter
- Yeti mic or Rode Link (depends on scenario)
Panopto Tips and Tricks for Admins
This session by Creighton University’s Derek Horton and Brent Saltzman included some pointers for admins of Panopto including…
- Panopto mobile app allows admins to keep an eye on remote recorders infrastructure, if they’re working, down, etc. just by reviewing the rooms available.
- Google analytics tracking ID allows admins to review metrics google provides as a supplement to what Panopto provides including browsers, location, current usage, if the ISP is of the university or external, device model (to include laptops or mobile), Average load time, etc.
- Panopto has a GitHub to pull code from.
Co-Founder Eric Burns Keynote: Focus on the Future
- 300 years of panopto video created total.
- Attendance counts indicated no difference with lecture capture/no lecture capture
- Authenticity vs Facade – students want something rough and unpolished
- Because of this Panopto promotes the one-take workflow.
- Students love the talking head in Panopto presentations
- Seeing the presenter helps the engagement
- 41% of new videos capture 2 or more streams.
Big trends Panopto is finding include shift from hardware to software, normalization of video, rise of multi-steam content, consumerization of technology, and the death of client software.
Eric then premiered demo of in browser recorder as well as new app that looks identical
Evidence of video’s importance? Students ran for student senate on pushing for video capture platforms and won!
Getting Campus Buy-In
Melissa Keonig from DePaul University shared their experience onboarding Panopto 2 years ago. Some key takeaways and understanding…
- DePaul is not doing lecture capture.
- Had a streaming solution that was focused on private sector and instructional designers were the gatekeepers for that content to be put into the LMS for faculty.
- It didn’t have screencasting software built-in.
- Students didn’t have access to any of it beyond viewing.
Their situation sounded similar to ours at Grand Valley a couple years ago.
When looking for new solution they identified the gaps
- Integrated into LMS
- Reliable and easy as youtube
- Screencasting capabilities
On-Campus demos with major stakeholders-
- No vendor met all needs…
- Panopto was the most willing to work with them and meet requirements
- No impact on faculty
- Marketed as improvement in service
- Brought the tool in as a solution rather than an edict or mandate which made Buy-In WAY easier.
- Said “We’re listening, we heard your complaints and this is what we found that works best”
First term had 3000 unique users from transferred content
By now (two years in) 7000 unique users and content 5000 to 14000 hours viewed
Worked with Faculty to identify best practices for recording and making content.
To get faculty to understand the importance of smart video creation they make (torture) faculty sit through a 40 minute video that is informative but incredibly boring. Faculty realize it’s awful to sit through and then they talk about how important it is to chunk and create short videos.
Be A Change Agent: Tools for Leaders
Finally Cara-Lyn Giovanniello a leadership and life coach discussed being an effective change agent to round out the entire conference.
When owning your leadership- it’s up to you to decide if you’re a leader
Old belief systems + old ways of thinking = combust into difficult situations that we as facilitators have to push through
When trying to push for changes tell them hard truths that come with leadership but still hold space for vulnerability
Leaderships true north:
- Know and Be Thyself
- Know our values – What are your top 5 values? What do I really care about? What are my strengths? What can’t I live without?
- Know and leverage your natural strengths
- Be aware of sabotaging narratives
- The natural feeling to not be in the limelight and take risks need to be pushed back if you want to be a leader
- If you’re thinking about making a change do you think about what you can’t do or what you can do?
- Seek out feedback
- What haven’t I asked about the problem?
- Designed Alliance
- Setting and understanding expectation
- Pay attention to developing strong alliance and understanding EARLY in development “this is what we want to achieve, this is what makes me tick, you tell me yours”
- Begins a partnership and puts it out in the open
- WAIT Why Am I Talking?
- First thing to do as leaders is listening
- How do you listen well?
- Internal level, listening to me – hear a problem and quickly addressed it in your head
- External, You layer – Zoom in on their words, use this level to articulate it back to them “I heard you say your problem is xyz, is that right?”
- Global us layer – This includes body language and other non verbals
- How do you listen well?
- Active Listening – is a muscle along with leadership
What to take away
You are a driver of change, once you….
- Know your values
- Lose the Saboteur narrative
- Seek out feedback
- Create alliances for collaborative success
- and Actively listen
- 3-18 month roadmap
- Course copy
- Pick which videos you want to copy
- Embedded vs. Course folder videos
- Won’t copy student data (quiz results, notes, discussion)
- Pick which videos you want to copy
- Folder descriptions/tags
- Video title search within LMS
- Panopto Snap
- No installation
- Browser based
- Works with chromebooks
- In the future they’ll have trim editing built in
- Trim silence automatically, button press
- One button to record using Snap in LMS
- Seems like maybe not in Bb because of their mashup system?
- Beta now-ish
- Launch maybe December, Spring at the latest
- New mobile app
- Search is constant
- Remembers where you left off in videos
- Maybe good of a faculty member wants to have all their videos open from the start of a course
- Video reactions
- Can be put at a specific point in the video
- Students can ask a question at a specific point in a video
- Instructors get notified of this and students get notified when instructors respond to their questions
- Analytics built into the folder (basically at the top)
- Pretty much impossible to ignore the analytics now
- Importing LMS departmental hierarchy
- Auto create departments based on LMS settings
- This is really exciting if we can make it right, sets us up really well for the future