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.

CNDLS Office Hours

CNDLS provides virtual office hours for support with tools and tips for teaching online.

Hours of operation: Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. After hours, reach us at and someone will reach out as soon as possible.  

For information on daily office hours offered by CETS, UIS and other partners, please visit the contact page.

Tip of the Week

Looking for ideas to get your semester started? Consider inviting new students to meet with you individually or in small groups to discuss your and their expectations for the course, or publish your Canvas course early to allow students to preview the course and meet each other. Explore ideas like these, together with your colleagues, at Digital Learning Days this week! Learn more about Digital Learning Days here.

CNDLS Calendar

Visit the CNDLS calendar to learn about upcoming programs and workshops.!