Asynchronous Teaching Using Canvas and Panopto

Asynchronous teaching leverages pre-recorded lectures published in a place where students enrolled in the course can easily access them to "flip the classroom".  Panopto, Wharton's recording tool, allows instructors seamlessly capture, edit, and upload video to Canvas. 

Before You Start 

You will need the following before you can complete this task: 

  • Admin access to your device (to install the app) OR Panopto Recorder App
  • A published Canvas site
  • Classroom Recording tab visible to students

Before you record

Delivering a lecture in a room by yourself is a very different experience to the classroom. Even if you're given the same lecture dozens of times before it behooves you to do some planning before you hit record.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Recordings for each session should be 6-15 minutes in length to keep students engaged and allow for adequate breaks.
  • Content for each session should ideally be scripted ahead of time, or outlined at a minimum.
  • Since the content is not being taught in real time with students present, those opting to teach asynchronously should consider another means of collaboration and participation, such as discussion posts.  
  • Recording a lecture without an audience may feel awkward at first. Initiate a test recording to become comfortable with the application's features. Be sure to place the test recording in your personal folder so students don't have access to it. 
  • Plan how you will handle mistakes made during the recording. You can:
    • acknowledge the mistake and move on, as you would in class
    • edit out the error prior to making it available to students
    • discard the recording and start all over again

Download the Panopto Recorder

  1. Verify that the Panopto Recorder isn't already installed on your machine by checking your applications folder/Start Menu or using your operating system's search functionality.
  2. If it isn't installed on your machine download the app using this link.
    • Mac users download the App by clicking the file labeled upenn.hosted.panopto.com_panoptoformac.pkg
    • Windows users download the App by click the file labeled panoptorecorder.exe

Starting a Recording

  1. Log into the Canvas site where you'd like this video to live.
  2. Click "Class Recordings" on the Courses menu.
  3. Click the blue "Create" button in the upper right corner.
  4. Click "Record a new session."

The Panopto application will launch. Follow the instructions below for your operating system to record and upload a video.

Mac Instructions

Windows Instructions

Recording Best Practices

  • Wearing a reliable headset is strongly recommended. It will improve the audio capture, which is a critical component of recording capture. 
  • Before you begin recording, use your camera image in the Panopto Recorder Application to verify the conditions of your background:
    • Avoid bright background lights
    • Be sure the image isn't so dark the students can't see you. 
    • Remove any distracting items from the background.
  • Open all applications you want captured before you begin the recording to avoid having to pause the recording to find them.
  • Give each recording a unique name and be as consistent with the naming convention as possible. The following naming convention is recommended: Course - Section - Class or Week # - Lesson Title - Video #. The video number should reflect which video it is in the lesson series. 
    • Example: MKTG 101 - Section 001 - Virtual Class 1 - Developing Your Marketing Strategy - Video 1

Managing Your Recordings

Recording Availability

After a recording has been uploaded to Canvas, you'll be able to adjust the beginning and ends dates of its visibility to students. 

  1. Hover over the newly uploaded recording.
  2. Click the Settings button. 
  3. On the Overview tab, scroll to the Availability section at the bottom.
  4. Adjust the availability start date by selecting the radio button of the option with the customizable date field and update the date and time fields accordingly. 
  5. Adjust the availability end date by selecting the radio button of the option with the customizable date field and update the date to 06/01/2020. 

Copying a Recording

  1. Click Manage > Copy
  2. While the copy is processing, go to its Overview and edit the Folder name, choosing or typing the name of the desired target Canvas course site
  3. Click Save, which moves the newly created copy to that other course's Class Recordings.
    1. You may need to click Class Recordings again in that target course to see the moved video. 
    2. For semester-long viewing dates, choose "With its folder" for start and end.

Complete steps from Panopto (the vendor) are available here, although they may not align perfectly with what you see on your screen: