Lecture Capture

Introduction to Panopto

Panopto Lecture Capture and Personal Capture allow instructors to create recordings of classroom lectures or presentations, including audio, video and screen content, and share them with students online and in Canvas.

Personal Capture

Use Personal Capture to record lectures directly from your computer.

  • Allows faculty who may be missing a class period due to outside obligations to provide a lecture to students
  • Supports just-in-time snow-day lectures when classes are cancelled
  • Provides the ability to implement flipped-classroom approaches that present lectures outside of class to preserve time in-class for active learning and hands-on activities
  • Facilitates online course development by easily recording instructor lectures

Personal capture records:

  1. a computer screen
  2. audio input
  3. video content through a webcam or other device (optional)

Lecture Capture

Use Lecture Capture to automatically record lectures and presentations in specially-equipped rooms, with little set-up work required from the instructor.

  • Helps students review content from your lectures anytime outside of class
  • Increases student participation – since students know they can review the material after class, they will be less focused on taking notes and more engaged in the course
  • Archives irreplaceable lectures like guest speakers and presenters to be used for subsequent courses

To learn more about the university’s expectations around course recordings, see the Classroom Recording Guidance in the Faculty Handbook.

Current Lecture Capture Protocols

Currently, in light of the continued need for students to occasionally quarantine, classes will automatically be recorded in classrooms equipped with lecture capture. You can find out if your classroom is equipped with lecture capture by visiting the classroom profiles website. To opt out of lecture capture, please email canvas@bc.edu.

By default, class recordings will not be available to students unless instructors proactively make them available. If your classes will be recorded and you would like those recordings to be made available to students, see how to quickly make all recordings available automatically or make individual recordings available as needed. If you’d like more granular control over your Panopto videos, please see the guide to managing your Panopto folder.

Scheduling an ad hoc recording?

If you need to schedule an ad hoc recording for a lecture or event, please complete this form.

Typical Lecture Capture Protocols

Classroom recordings are scheduled by CTE staff at the beginning of each semester. Recordings start and end automatically based on this schedule. After each class period the recording is uploaded and compressed and can then be automatically inserted in the course’s Canvas site. Students can then log into the Canvas course site to view the recording. All of this happens behind the scenes, without any additional work on the part of the instructor. Editing options are available, as is an ability to prevent the recording from being released to students until the instructor specifies. The finished recordings are viewable on both Mac and PC platforms.

If you are in a room equipped with lecture capture and would like to schedule recordings, please complete this form and include your course name, number, and meeting schedule.