Panopto is approved and integrated with LMS.

What is Panopto?

Panopto (USask login required) provides instructors and students with simple and easy-to-use tools to record, edit, manage and distribute video content. Recordings are viewable by eligible users on most web browsers and mobile devices.

What is the purpose of Panopto?

Panopto’s primary purpose is to share content with others. It can be used for:

  • creating instructional videos,
  • lecture capture,
  • student video assignment submissions.

Why use Panopto?

The primary value of Panopto is in capturing and sharing content and demonstrations so students can learn new information, review material already learned, and access content at a personally selected time.

  • Panopto generates video that requires less bandwidth to access than something like recording audio directly into a slideshow like PowerPoint, Keynote or Prezi.
  • Panopto videos have permissions that can allow the instructor to control who has access to their intellectual property for the class to the university, to freely available content.
  • Panopto is integrated into Canvas, allowing instructors to find and embed videos easily. 
  • Instructors can incorporate interactive elements to enhance student engagement, learning, and accessibility. 
  • Panopto is also a video management system where you can organize and save your instructional videos.

Learning Technology Ecosystem (LTE) Principles

Panopto most directly address these LTE goals:

Accessible Learning must be found easily at any time, and all learners and teachers have equitable access, regardless of culture, language, ability etc.


Best Practices



 Classroom content to be accessed when the learner prefers.   Use video comments on specific student assignments - please use the feature in Canvas as they are directly linked with assessments.
 Equitable access regardless of bandwidth.  Avoid incorporating links into attached powerpoint or PDF files. Some users may encounter access issues, especially those who are not logged in or using mobile devices.
 Accommodation for language and disability, including captioning features and the ability to replay content as needed. (watch a how-to video)
 Keep videos short (5-8 minutes), and include visuals or slides to clarify and illustrate main points. Use the Panopto editor to crop video clips (watch a how-to video)
 Incorporate videos into parts of the module or class where students are asked to make sense of what they are learning rather than just passively receiving it.
 Pair instructional videos with active learning opportunities where students apply what they have learned or check how well they have understood.  
 Incorporate quizzes to encourage critical thinking about video content.
 Incorporate PDFs into your videos.
 Integrate Panopto videos into Canvas courses.

Please note in some videos linked above the facilitator may mention Blackboard. The University of Saskachewan now uses Canvas as the Learning Management System (LMS), and these videos preceed that. There is no changes to the instructions as these videos are aimed at how to use the Panopto tool directly.

Support for Panopto

Technical Support

(Why isn't this working?)

USask IT supported

Vendor Supported

Training Support

 (How do I learn to use this tool?)

USask IT supported 

Teaching Support

 (How do I teach with this tool?)

Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning Supported

Tool Evaluation

Technologies are evaluated based on their alignment with the Learning Technologies Ecosystem Principles.  Click to see explanations of each principle and a justification of the rating. You can also view a complete blank rubric to see more details or read about the assessment process.

Learning must be found easily at any time, and all learners and teachers have equitable access, regardless of culture, language, ability etc. 
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Rating: Works well

  • Accessibility standards:
    • Panopto meets common legal accessibility guidelines including screen reader support, keyboard access, captions, shortcut keys, and quizzes.

  • Cost of use for USask students:
    • USask pays for licensing for all staff, faculty, and students. Viewing videos requires typical equipment that students and instructors are likely to have. Creating videos may require purchasing equipment such as microphone or webcam.

  • Platform/device:
    • Students and faculty need access to a computer or device (e.g. laptop, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) and internet connection. Panopto can be used with any up-to-date device including mobile.

  • Offline Access:
    • Recordings can be downloaded to view offline if that option is made available by the instructor.

Learning is a process of meaning-making, constructed through learning with others, and as a part of an intentional, deliberate system within a course and across experiences.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Collaboration:
    • Panopto is designed primarily for asynchronous learning opportunities and transfer of meaning between users.
  • Sharing:
    • Instructors can control privacy and sharing options. Reposting and/or reuse is not a key part of functionality, aside from instructors reusing videos in multiple courses or sharing videos with multiple people. Videos that are made available to anyone at the institution can be shared using a link.

Learning is refined and extended through prompted and supported opportunities to focus on understanding and next steps.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Reflection and revision:
    • Panopto recordings can be edited changes over time, but documenting the different iterations is not possible as part of core functions.

Learning is most effective when systems are designed to help learners find, create, and/or repurpose significant content for the value of themselves and others.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Creating:
    • Learners can create recordings using Panopto, which can be shared but not easily manipulated or reused.

  • File format:
    • Panopto supports uploading content in a range of video file formats, including AVI, MP4, MFP, WMV, MOV, QT, ASF, 3GP, WMA, MP3, M4V, and more. When exporting content, users are limited to MP4 file format.

Learners create and control spaces for learning, understanding and retaining ownership, and purposefully choosing how and when they share.
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Rating: Works well

  • Archiving, saving, and exporting data:
    • Content created by students can be saved and exported in MP4 format.

  • Data privacy and ownership:
    • Students maintain ownership of content they create and select whether files are available to download.

  • Sign Up/Sign In:
    • Users must log in with their NSID credentials to access and/or share recordings via Canvas. Use of Panopto does not require the creation of an additional account.

  • Customization:
    • Panopto offers limited options for customization to suit the classroom context and targeted learning outcomes.

Learners need to work in a system that is fluid and requires a minimum number of steps in systems that are intuitive and integrated.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Interface:
    • It is moderately easy to create recordings using Panopto, although training or technical support may be useful when getting started. The interface is user-friendly for students and instructors to view recordings.

  • Additional Downloads:
    • To record using Panopto, an app needs to be downloaded from the Panopto website (for personal computers) or the Software Centre (on USask managed devices) Viewing recordings requires no additional downloads.

  • Functionality:
    • The key functions of Panopto work across both mobile and desktop versions. Users may experience challenges working in the mobile version when recording videos.

Learners exist in accessible networks, and connect to the experiences, concepts, people, and ideas that they need.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Scale:
    • Recordings can be shared and/or viewed an unlimited number of times. Depending on how the content owner organized the video, information within a recording can be viewed in a non-sequential and flexible manner.

  • Flexibility of Media:
    • Panopto is intended to create and share video content, but other limited media types can be shared alongside videos.

  • Engagement:
    • Panopto improves a teacher’s ability to be present with learners via active management, engagement, and feedback. Using the stats view, instructors can monitor student interaction with videos including views and downloads by day, viewer engagement, and by student. Instructors can also incorporate quizzes and discussions into videos to promote further engagement.

Learning and feedback are iterative, and assessment comes from multiple sources, including self, peers, teachers, and outside experts.
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Rating: Moderate concerns

  • Feedback:
    • Feedback is possible but is limited to video comments. It is not recommended to use Panopto to deliver course assessment.

  • Engagement:
    • The tool is focused on transmission and offers limited or ineffective opportunities for active strategies and instructor involvement with student learning.