The Digital Education team recently attended the 2019 Panopto EMEA Conference in Euston Square. Morning coffees quaffed and croissants consumed, the conference commenced with the opening keynote delivered by Eric Burns, Panopto founder and CEO.
Opening keynote – Eric Burns
Eric welcomed the delegates and began with a demonstration of how far the platform had advanced in the past decade, comparing the first iteration of the Panopto Silverlight player with the modern equivalent.
The keynote centered on the technological and cultural changes that have impacted Panopto. The talk was subdivided into the following topics: The Shift from hardware to software, the cultural normalisation of video in academia, the rise of multi streaming, the consumerisation of technology and the death of client software.
Imperial College London are the number one user of the Panopto Lecture Capture Cloud system worldwide, with over 100,000 lectures recorded since the system was introduced in 2011. With over 5 million student views recorded and the majority of lecture theatres now equipped with Panopto recording hardware, revising lecture recordings has become an established part of the learning experience for many Imperial students.
This volume and breadth of Panopto coverage entails significant administrative work behind the scenes, the majority of which is carried out by faculty learning technologists who liaise with their departmental teams to schedule upcoming recordings, set up folders linked to the correct courses and grant access permissions through the Panopto user interface.
By Mimi Weiss Johnson
On the 20th July I attended the M25 Learning Technology meeting at the University of Westminster. As always, it was a lovely event attended by representatives from Universities in and around the M25 area. I wanted to highlight three of the presentations that I enjoyed.
Presenter:Janina Dewitz from UCL
Janina has been involved in organising Hackathons for UCL. These are friendly, competitive events for UCL staff and students that usually take place over a whole weekend at venues like the O2. Attendees are divided into groups where they are asked to raise a challenge or a problem to solve.