Recording and Viewing an Educational Activity

Recorded educational activities can serve many purposes, from allowing a learner to review a classroom session, with or without their own annotations, to delivering basic information prior to a live class session, the so-called "flipped classroom" approach. Regardless, instructors need to be careful in choosing content for recorded materials. Anything that is boring in person (e.g. a Powerpoint presentation chock full of bulleted text slides, narrated verbatim) is deadly online!

GW University's Teaching and Learning Collaborative is an excellent resource on designing multimedia presentations, including use of recordings. 

Faculty have many options for recording; two of the most popular are Panopto and Camtasia. How does one choose?

Recording with Panopto

Panopto is easy to use, and is available in all Ross Hall classrooms.

Also, you can use Panopto on your own device, following these guides for Panopto on your PC.  Editing also is straightforward as shown in this editing Panopto guide. SMHS students are accustomed to Panopto because all large presentations are recorded and posted using this tool.

Viewing a Panopto Recording on an iPad

Once a recording has been made in Panopto (virtually all classroom sessions in Ross Hall are recorded routinely), you can easily view it on your iPad. Just follow these steps! Note that a new Panopto version now allows for viewing a recording at different speeds.

General Instructional Design Help

Faculty seeking help with designing course sessions can contact:

Tracy Thompson 

Helpful Resources