Panopto, a video learning platform.

Panopto is a platform to create and share accessible video. Accessible because it auto-generates closed captions and transcripts, and students can search for keywords to quickly jump to the relevant chapter.

Teachers can turn recordings into interactive in-video quizzes, reinforcing the learning. There is also an analytics dashboard, providing insights on student engagement.

Panopto supports these learning types (see definitions):


Access Panopto through Canvas

Panopto appears in the Canvas course navigation and opens within Canvas.

Screenshot of Canvas course navigation

If you would like more screen ‘real estate’ when working with videos, open Panopto in a new browser tab.

From Canvas, go to the Panopto Video page.

Click the Open in Panopto button at the top-right.

Screenshot of open in Panopto button

Turn on email notifications

New videos are processed to a web-ready format and Panopto can email you when processing is complete.

From Canvas, click the Open in Panopto button.

Screenshot of open in Panopto button

Click your name and select User Settings.

Screenshot of Panopto user settings

Select Notifications and check Email me when sessions finish processing.

Screenshot of Panopto user settings

How-to guides

Panopto drop-in sessions via Zoom
(11am –  2pm from 6 January – 11 February 2022)
Follow the link to Q&A and Training from the self-support homepage.

From the University of Auckland

Panopto self-support course

Common tasks

Edit and trim your video

Edit auto-generated captions

Upload pre-recorded videos to Panopto

From the developers of Panopto

Overview of Panopto in Canvas

Getting started with Panopto

Video tutorials

Use Panopto for assessments

Student video assignments

Why another video platform?

Teachers currently use a variety of tools to record and edit video, however the goal is to provide a standard platform for staff to easily create and share videos with the class. Recording, trimming and sharing videos are all managed within Panopto and ease of use and accessibility features are taken care of automatically. And integration with Zoom means that recordings can be be automatically uploaded to Panopto.

Panopto will replace the University’s current lecture theatre recording system (including MediaStore), which doesn’t have the accessibility features that our students require. It will therefore help to fulfil one of the priorities of Taumata Teitei—providing an equitible student experience.



University branded backgrounds for Panopto recordings and how to change your background.



Research shows that closed captions help all students to learn, not just ESL students or those with hearing impairments or auditory processing difficulties.

Dallas, B. K., McCarthy, A. M., Long, G. (2016). Examining the educational benefits of and attitudes toward closed captioning among undergraduate students. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 16(2), 56-65.

Gernsbacher, M. A. (2015). Video captions benefit everyone. Improving Society, 2(1), 195-202.

Morris, K. K., Casey F., Lyman D. III, Nicole, S., Nicole E.T., David B. (2016). Closed captioning matters: Examining the value of closed captions for “all” students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 29(3), 231-238.

Whitney, M., & Dallas, B. (2019). Captioning online course videos: An investigation into knowledge retention and student perception. In SIGCSE ’19: Proceedings of the 50th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, February 2019 (pp 511–517).

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