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Panopto Re:View Event - Reflection (incl. Session Recordings)

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📥  Event Review, LITEbox Event


On Thursday 25th May 2017, William Gaffney and Dave Hannan from Panopto came to to the University to provide training related to the Panopto Re:View system. There were 4 main sessions, covering a variety of material relevant to all direct and indirect users.

The event was recorded via Panopto, and the training sessions can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

Basic Recording, Editing and Publishing Features:

The first of the 4 sessions focused on the basic functioning of the Panopto desktop client; and the session included methods of accessing the Panopto hub, recording manually and selecting different sources of recording (i.e. internal/external audio or visual devices). Demonstration was given on how to access the hub via the desktop (although assistance from IT services may be needed to download this on networked machines), as well as coverage of the differences between the video, screen and slide recording states.

The customisability of different features were discussed, including the enabling of hotkeys, allowing you to Start (F8), Pause/Resume (F9) and Stop (F10) recordings at the press of a key. The session then moved onto folder options, and storage of recordings into specific areas, with each Re:View profile having a “My Folder” by default, and within that sub-folders can be made with titles specific to their content i.e. Recordings 2017 - a useful feature in keeping recordings organised. Other coverage regarded stopping/starting the recording when outside of the Panopto environment, i.e. browsing a webpage, as well as the ability to set default authoring for a session (i.e. automatic or pending approval).

Throughout the session the groups were given opportunity to break out and try the newly learning skills for themselves in a simulated environment, with the first session providing an excellent "whistle stop tour" of the key features and functions.

Advanced Editing and Publishing Features:

The second of our sessions covered advanced editing and publishing features, focusing on post-production capabilities. The ability to crop videos was a popular feature, with many of the group knowing the mechanism for removing wasted recording at the start and end of a lecture capture. However the session also covered methods of editing specific source content, whereby audio can be cut, slides deleted and video shortened at desired points throughout the recording, not just limited to the start or finish. The “Publish” button allowed the user to save these changes, however importantly the original content was still retrievable – in case one was over zealous with their editing.

The session then covered the different functions of the task bar, and in turn the captioning service (a.k.a. transcription), which completes automatically from the microphone recording with at least a 70% accuracy rate (although the algorithm is always getting better). This transcription can then be edited to ensure coherence to the presentation. The final editing feature discussed was that of slide duplication, illustrating the process of re-inserting slides at points throughout the lecture, as well delaying the end of slides, which are useful in aligning with audio references.


Using Panopto to Capture Student Work:

The third session covered Panopto from the student-interaction perspective. Basic features including filtering by date, duration and name were covered, alongside the widely underused “Notes” feature. Despite its presence from the start of the Panopto implementation within the University, usage of “Notes” are largely ignored by students. Available on the viewer’s sidebar, notes can be made and timestamped next to specific parts of the recording to allow easy revisiting, they can be made public or private (private by default), grouped into different channels for group work or personalised communication, and a similar “Discussion” tab can be selected to promote communication both amongst themselves and with the lecturer.

The use of Panopto as a video assignment function was also covered, allowing the creation and access provision of “assignment folders” for specific individuals or groups of individuals. This would facilitate both individual and group work, alongside the ability to provide video feedback, creating a video trail of communication. Methods of providing access inherited from registration to groups on Moodle facilitates specific module based work, while access transference of the folder to fellow teaching staff for moderation and second marking was also demonstrated.

New/Extended Functionalities:

The final session provided opportunity for Dave Hannan to demonstrate the new features and functionality possible within Panopto:

Panopto App: 

Released very recently, the Panopto App, available on IoS and Android, allows the management of videos within your Panopto profile environment. Recordings can be downloaded and viewed through the App, and basic recording can be accomplished through the phone/tablet speaker-video system. This is ideal for managing and viewing content on the go. It is worth noting that this does not work in tandem with Moodle, therefore should be used more for a portable management tool, as opposed to downloading videos for external use and dissemination.

Adding quizzes:

The next new feature was that of Quizzing. Accessible on the post-recording edit hub, a Quiz can be inputted to test the knowledge and understanding of the viewers at certain points. These can be in the form of Multiple Choice, True/False or Multiple Select (i.e. select 2 of the following that are correct). Quizzes can be customised to prevent the viewer moving on until it has been answered, or until it has been correctly answered, and the results can be downloaded to Excel for performance tracking. Contextual explanations for right and wrong answers can also be provided by the user, which will automatically show when complete.

An interesting question, aptly related to quizzing, was in relation to open text quizzes. Currently only MCQs, quantitative approach questions are possible, as it facilitates automated grading and marking, however the possible introduction of open-answer quizzing is under consideration.

Live notes:

Although the note taking facility was already in place, live notes is now present, allowing viewers to access a live recording and take notes as they go. These will be recorded in real time, and have the same capabilities i.e. public/private, channels, as the post-production note taking discussed previously.

YouTube Embedding:

An important new feature due to be introduced on June 10th is that of YouTube embedding. This allows the user to take a YouTube video and embed it into the recording post-production, without having to simply reference the link for viewers to access independently. This again is customisable, with the option to keep the YouTube controls for pause/resume, as well as select the start and end point desired within the video. This has positive implications for ease of use and Copyright, discussed below.

Following demonstration, audience members were given the ability to try out these features in their environments, and the event ended just before 3pm.


Key Considerations:

Closed Captioning: An important consideration was that of Closed Captioning. With Panopto offering a free service that provides at least a 70% accuracy rate, this still leaves potentially 3 in 10 words possibly incorrect, which could make the entire transcription meaningless. While this is due to improve with time, and there is more expensive software that can provide this service more accurately, it is recommended you check and change your transcription when available. This assists with student learning, with all viewers having the option to turn on Closed Captions when they access the recording. Transcription can be uploaded manually, either via the editing of the automated service, or the upload of a pre-written transcription file.

Copyright Considerations: Another important topic discussed was that of Copyright limitations, that currently prevent the user from being able to continue recording while viewing a video on YouTube or Vimeo, for example. Although still not possible, the new embedded YouTube feature will allow a useful work around, effectually pausing the Panopto recording and playing the YouTube video in real time – directly from YouTube. The functionality of this on the Application is still to be confirmed, and currently this is only limited to YouTube, however this does provide a useful alternative to the stop/start method currently employed. It is also useful to remind you of the BoB service (, which has an extensive archive of aired television and radio programmes that can be edited down to small clips, and inserted into your presentations – without any copyright limitations.

Relationship with Moodle: As discussed throughout, the access and rights are largely transferred directly from Moodle based upon the linkage between the two. Access to Panopto itself can be done through Moodle or directly through their Re:View Portal. The two dedicated pieces of software do work in tandem, and the current system ensures recordings are directly uploaded to the selected Moodle page. To illustrate this, access to the student assignment folders, for example, will be selectable from the list of enrolled students and staff to the module Moodle page.


Further Help/Advice:

The event was organised superbly by Sacha Goodwin, part of the AV Team. This was the first Panopto training event offered, and it is suggested that if you need any further support implementing any of these features, please submit a ticket item to AV team via and fill out a "General Inquiry".

As mentioned earlier - the sessions were recorded and are accessible here:

Morning Sessions - Basic and Advanced Recording/Editing
Afternoon Sessions - Student Interactivity and New/Extended Features


Panopto Re:View Event: Schedule Confirmed

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📥  LITEbox Event


LITEbox is delighted to be welcoming William Gaffney, and his colleague Dave Hannan, from Panopto to the University on Thursday 25 May 2017. William and Dave will be running a series of drop-in sessions in 8 West 1.28 designed to increase understanding of the use and capability of Panopto Re:View Lecture Recording Software.

Register Here

There will be four sessions on the day, covering the key features of Panopto Lecture Recording Software, and aims to be inclusive of all current users, whether experienced with Lecture Recording, or just starting to discover the possibilities. This event will give some structured understanding of functionality, and offers an excellent opportunity to ask any questions that you may have come across while using this software. Following recipient feedback, the schedule of events has changed slightly, and will include the following:

10:00-10:45 - Basic Recording, Editing and Publishing Features: This session will give an overview of how to use the system to record your own content, edit the recordings, and share with others, including basic use of the Re:View portal.

11:00-11:45 - Advanced Editing and Publishing Features: This session follows on nicely from the Basic Recording and Editing session, offering attendees an opportunity to discover how to add their own captions, import addition content i.e. slides/videos, automatically transcribe recordings and export to third party services such as Vimeo and YouTube.

12:00-12:45 - Break - No session

13:00-13:45 - Using Panopto to Capture Student Work: This session covers the key features of Panopto for student usage, including methods of creating and recording to assignment folders, note taking and social features including organisation, rating and discussion of recordings. 

14:00-14:45 - New/Extended Functionality (Including MCQs)This session will cover some of the new and extended functionality of Panopto, including personal  folders and Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) quizzes. This will build nicely on from a recent LITEbox hot topic of MCQs, and the possible incorporation into Panopto. It will consider the implementation and embedding of these questions into recordings, and how they can be used to facilitate unofficial assessment in the comprehension of material.

The 15 minutes between each session will be used for the transition of people between sessions, and it may be possible that a topic runs overtime slightly. In order to be a part of the day, you will need to sign up on the below Doodle Poll, giving your name and the sessional time slots you intend to attend. Spaces are limited due to room size, therefore will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis:

Register Here
Date: Thursday 25th May 2017
Location: 8W 1.28


BoB TV and Radio Workshop - Reflection

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📥  Event Review


On Thursday 11th May, Alex Morris from Learning on Screen visited the University to give a presentation on the capabilities of BoB, Learning on Screen’s Television and Radio Archive.


The session began with Alex giving a background on the development of “Learning on Screen”, the company behind BoB, and discussed the role they play in facilitating teaching across a host of UK Universities. The session then moved onto the capabilities of the BoB service, with BoB providing the ability to record television content from 65 channels at the click of a button, including a large selection of Freeview and foreign language channels to choose from. These can be selected from an archive of past BBC and selected programmes, or up to 31 days in advance of their air date. The ability to access old television and radio is not only useful for personal information purposes, and the utilisation of these recordings in teaching and learning can be innovative and compelling.

Alex then ran through the process of clip creation, allowing the condensing of key programme content into short clips and allowing the incorporation of these into teaching slides. Clips can be made from a variety of programme types including documentaries and news reports, and with copyright protection through the University, providing these clips have been created through BoB, they are useable with Re:View (Panopto) lecture recording software.

The session finished by considering some of the other key capabilities of the BoB system, including the ability to search the archive via keyword, transcript content, date and channel, as well as the formulation of academic citation for both entire programmes and clips for referencing in papers and assignments, in turn aiding the confusion surrounding media referencing.


Creating a BoB profile:

To sign up for BoB, a profile needs to be created, and verification made through your University email address. Once this has been done, the access is automated through your Single Sign On, therefore accessible with ease when at the University. You will then have full access to the BoB service, and this is available through the following link -

Further Help and Support:

For further help and support with using the BoB system, or other possibilities Learning on Screen have to offer, Alex suggested you can contact him directly on: or 020 7393 1515 and he will assist you however possible.

Alternatively, for internal queries, contact the Audio-Visual team on:


Re:View (Panopto) Event - Can you help shape the day?

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📥  LITEbox Event


On the 25th May 2017 a representative from Re:View (formerly known as Panopto) will be visiting the University to host a series of Drop-In sessions to allow audience members to learn and/or develop skills regarding functionality and capability.

The structure of the day will allow attendees to come in and out when it is possible around their current schedule. Each session will begin on the hour, and last 45 minutes, allowing 15 minutes for transition of people in and out. The current sessions due to occur on the day are as follows:

  • Basic recording using the desktop recorder
  • Editing and managing content – top and tail, restricting content by user or time, downloading content to put elsewhere, e.g. YouTube or Vimeo or saving
  • Captioning in Re:View
  •  Student Submissions
  • Quizzes

However the timings of these sessions are still to be confirmed, and this is where we need your input. The following survey will allow you to select the timings you are available, and the topics you would like to attend. Multiple options can be selected if you are free for the entire duration of the day, or should you only have a spare hour, you can select the topic you would most like to see covered. Sessions will be confirmed based upon popularity, and we will attempt to run all sessions at least once (depending on popularity), with a duplicate allocation of the most popular topic. Please complete your selections here, and the survey will close on Wednesday 17th May at 5pm:

For example, if you want to see "Basic recording using the desktop recorder" and "Captioning in Re:View", covered on the day, however only have between 12-2pm free, select "Not Interested" for the other sessions, and select your availability between 12:00-12:45, and 13:00-13:45 on both the selected topics.

Once confirmed, a follow up post will be made confirming the time slots allocated to each session, and the planned schedule for the visit.



TurningPoint Lunch and Learn - Reflection

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📥  Event Review


On Friday 5th May, Robin Smyth from Turning Technologies visited the University to discuss the features of version 8 of TurningPoint Responseware, including numerous novel methods of promoting student participation while providing a mechanism for monitoring and reporting the progress of student learning.

The Session:

The session began with the audience asked to access the Responseware web address, or access the group via the Smart device application. The audience were then actively engaged in a demonstration of some of the key features that TurningPoint Responseware had to offer, and were to take the role of students participating, as they would in a teaching environment. Features discussed included non-competitive rankings and infographics to represent results, alongside competitive functions, including "team allocation" - allowing audience members to choose a team (in this instance Batman or Superman) to play for, "fastest responders" - giving scoring of the fastest correct responders to a question, and "most valuable players" - to show the most correct and efficient responders on each team. Different and visually appealing graphs and scoreboards were highlighted to give real time monitoring of team scores.



New features specific to TurningPoint version 8, due to be implemented across the University over the summer of 2017, were also highlighted, offering staff members the opportunity to increase awareness of the functionality ahead of the new academic year. These features included the use of Word Clouds - offering an infographic representation of keywords from responses, as well as bug fixes and general enhancements to smoothness in implementation.

The session broke for lunch where audience members had opportunities to sit down with a sandwich and coffee and discuss their personal experience in groups, as well as difficulties they had faced. This sparked discussion for the post-lunch Q&A session, and Robin fielded questions from several members about their experience using the software/hardware.

During the second part of the session, Robin further demonstrated the different techniques of implementing TurningPoint, via Powerpoint, Anywhere and Self-Paced Polling. Powerpoint Polling, the most popular style, allowed the embedding of polling questions into tradition Powerpoint slides, while Anywhere polling facilitates spontaneous and non-powerpoint based implementation (albeit the spontaneity comes at a cost of style). Self-paced polling was something the group seemed to be less aware of, with this feature allowing asynchronous administration of questions for a group. For example, setting questions with a 24 hour period to complete, and once this period is done, the poll will close and responses recorded.

The audience had opportunity to field any final questions, and the session finished promptly at 1:30pm.


The Audience:

The audience contained an array of different faculty staff members, from Computer Science to the School of Management, with opportunity to discuss their experiences in using the software in teaching and support. A pleasing observation was the different stages in the polling software lifecycle in regards to implementation across the audience members, with some new to the concept of interactive polling and investigating methods of incorporation in their teaching, while other "veterans" of the polling system usage seeking ways to clarify feature capability and gain understanding of the new system improvements. All audience members were able to offer a diverse insight into their experience and the possibilities present within their faculty.

The size of the group was near perfect, providing an environment where members were comfortable interacting and offering their experiences, answering each other's questions and interacted fluidly with both Robin and their fellow colleagues.

Next Steps and Support:

Should you wish to implement TurningPoint Responseware within your teaching, or are looking for clarification as to how to accomplish something - or even whether something is possible - there are a variety of different options for you to get the help you need.

Webinars are held often on a weekly basis on a variety of subjects, including the aforementioned Self-Paced Polling, Anywhere Polling and Powerpoint Polling, involving instructional methods to implement each of these with most impact. To access them, you will need to Click Here and select "Register" next to one you are able to attend. Once you attend the webinar, the video training will be sent to you to keep for reference.

Contact TurningTechnologies directly:
Robin suggested the best method of contact was via himself directly, either via email, at, or via telephone, on 028 9008 0182. This would allow him to answer any questions directly, and help with implementation issues while on the phone.

Other staff members:
Based upon the turn out for the session, it was clear that TurningPoint is used across a diverse range of faculties across the University. Should you know of anyone in your department using this technology, it may be as easy to ask them for help and advice in utilising this useful tool.





TurningPoint Interactive Polling - Free Lunch and Learn Event

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📥  LITEbox Event


Turning Technologies will be visiting the University of Bath to showcase the most up-to-date version of TurningPoint in a "Lunch and Learn" event:

Date: 5th May 2017
Location: CB 5.12 (to move into CB 5.13 later)
Time: 12:00-13:30

Register Here

TurningPoint is a powerful polling solution to implement in teaching, assessment and data collection. The TurningPoint devices are easy-to-use while the dashboard offers one, simple interface for instant management of polling, content, participants, sessions and reports. This software is available to install and use in both online and offline capabilities.

This lunch event is your chance to increase product knowledge, network with peers and see how others are using response technology. Discover how Turning Technologies’ polling software can be used as a true pedagogical tool.

The event will begin with a talk from Robin Smyth, who will discuss the key features of the TurningPoint device and software in an academic setting, including in-depth demonstration. Following this, the group will break for a free lunch provided by Turning Technologies. It will then reconvene for an interactive training option, followed by the opportunity to ask Robin key questions related to the polling device solution.

To view a more in depth schedule of the event - Click Here
To register - Click Here



LITEbox Event - Get the most out of BoB

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📥  LITEbox Event


BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system allows staff and students at subscribing institutions to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search their extensive archive.

There are over 2 million broadcasts available in BoB (and this number is growing every day) meaning the cost of each broadcast is less than 0.003p. Increased student usage is also helping achieve positive responses to question 19 of the National Student Survey: ‘the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well.’

BoB has recently undergone a significant facelift, with an array of new features to make the system more beneficial to users. Learning on Screen want to help all our members get the most out of the upgraded BoB system, so are offering University staff an on-site demonstration of the resource and all its new capabilities.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: 11th May 2017
Location: CB 4.10
Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm

Register for the event here



MCQs and Deep Learning Workshop: A Possible Fix?

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📥  Linked Event, LITEbox Event

Since the rise of MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) as forms of assessment, the pros and cons of utilising this tool have been discussed in regards to effective student learning. The LITEbox team is delighted to be hosting a workshop, with two of the UK's leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs, on Tuesday 9 May 2017 starting at 1.45 pm until 4.00 pm in 3 East 2.1.

Register here for this workshop

It is widely agreed that MCQs reduce marking time, making it an ideal strategy for large cohorts of students, however the potential superficial manner of learning combined with time investment to populate the questionnaires, can make this effort seem less worthwhile.

Prof Anthony Gardner-Medwin (University College London, Physiology) and Dr Steve Draper (University of Glasgow, Psychology), two of the leading figures in the field of assessment through MCQs in the UK, will join us to discuss what features make a multiple choice quiz effective, and if there are particular ways of designing MCQs to test/enhance deeper learning, without compromising the students’ experience. In particular, Prof Gardner-Medwin’s talk will focus on the advantages of MCQs with Certainty-Based Marking, predominantly in relation to summative assessment; while Dr Draper’s talk will focus on the advantages of Peer-Wise (student-authoring) MCQs, in relation to formative assessment and deep learning.

This workshop is being run as part of the LITEbox initiative and arises from a project funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Development Fund. This project is exploring the wider role that new and existing technologies can play in supporting teaching and learning techniques in the classroom that enable students to engage with the public and other communities.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017
Time: 13:45 – 16:00 (including refreshments on arrival and a 30 minute Q&A session)
Location: 3 East 2.1

Sign up for the workshop
Find out more about the event (PDF)


LITEbox Event: 5x5 Technology Showcase - October

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📥  LITEbox Event

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2016 
Time: 1.15pm - 2.05pm
Venue: CB 4.16

To sign up and reserve a space, email

Due to the success and positive feedback from the last technology showcase of the same style, this event is being re-run in September 2016 with new presenters. Come along to this session to see 5 short snippets of different technology around campus which can help improve your teaching practice and improve the student experience.

Each presenter will be given a maximum of 5 minutes to present, followed by up to 5 questions from the audience, to provide an overview of their use of each technology around campus. The topics are:

Weekly online quizzes - Dr Mirella Di Lorenzo
Find out how using time restricted weekly online quizzes can help provide feedback and motivate large cohorts with their learning

Prezi - Dr Carmelo Herdes
Prezi is online presentation software which acts as an alternative to PowerPoint. Find out how Carmelo uses it to enhance his teaching

MOOCs in teaching - Dr Momna Hejmadi
MOOCs contain a large amount of information online, but you have you ever thought of incorporating MOOCs into your teaching? Learn from Momna's experience and see what could suit you

Infographics - David Stacey and Lis Wallace
Have a crash course in infographics from David and Lis to learn good practice and how infographics can be made

An app for audio feedback - Dr James Betts
This app connects to Moodle and allows detailed audio feedback to be given at the marker's own convenience



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📥  Event Review

This event on copyright was very well attended by staff from all areas of the University, and was presented by:
Lisa Slater – Solicitor, Legal Office
Caroline Brooks – Abel & Imray (Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys)
Simon Clegg – Battens Solicitors
Hannah South – Head of Library Academic Services
Claire Tylee – Bibliographic Services Librarian
Rob Hyde – Audio Visual Service Manager

There is soon to be a recording of the event available to watch

Lisa Slater began by introducing the context of this event. Copyright at the University needs to be paid more attention with the ever increasing use of technology (to access, use, store and publish ‘works’), as well as the confusion between content which is in the public domain and content which is publically available.

The University has a Revised IP policy which has largely been brought on by the increasing use of lecture capture, and the event followed by raising awareness of the importance of copyright & support available around campus.