Panopto is a lecture-capture solution, but also a powerful video sharing tool. Integrated into Canvas, you can record, edit, and embed a video using Panopto. You can use this tool to record a voice-over-powerpoint lecture, which you can then share with students via Canvas or via a dedicated link that can be shared over email. Students can then annotate and take notes on the video, allowing the instructor to see the engagement, as well as respond. You can also access analytics on the videos to see who watched what and when.

Some things to keep in mind as you’re making a video:

  • Speak clearly – Make sure the microphone on the computer sounds clear and you record in a place with minimal background noise. 
  • Keep it short – Break up your long lectures into shorter pieces to keep students engaged. 
  • Include activities – Between segments, have students answer a quiz or participate in a discussion board question before moving on to the next segment.
  • Turn on your camera – Even if it is just for a few moments, students are more engaged with instructor content when they can see the instructor’s face, not just the slides.

A video can never fully replace a face-to-face lecture, but it can help bridge the gap. Visit the Georgetown Panopto page to get started. Or see our tipsheet on Prerecording Lectures.

Office Hours

For support with tools and tips for teaching online, CNDLS provides virtual office hours, Monday-Friday. Click here to enter virtual office hours.  Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm and Friday between 10 am and 12 pm. After hours, you can reach us at  


CNDLS is hosting a series of webinars to help address key questions when teaching at a distance. Please find a list of the webinars below and for more training opportunities, please visit the training page. Recorded sessions are available here.