Panopto is an add-on tool for Brightspace. It can record, edit, host, and share audio and/or video. Think of it like Dalhousie’s own secure version of YouTube. You can record online or download Panopto software to your computer (or upload existing videos that you recorded on other devices or with other software), and then share with your students as a link in email, in Brightspace, or to show in class. 

Panopto can be used for lecture capture, screen recording, and voiceover slide presentations. Other Panopto features include: 

  • Multiple “streams” (e.g., PowerPoint slides and video of yourself shown in the same recording)
  • Function to search videos for words spoken or shown on screen
  • Automatic or custom captioning 
  • Built-in quizzing
  • Simple editing capability

Check out Panopto’s best practices for flipped classroomsideas for using lecture capture, and case studies.


  • Capture lectures delivered in certain tech-enabled classrooms on campus
  • Have students create videos for a class activity or assignment
  • Create video tutorials walking through a process or procedure
  • Share existing video recordings (such as those recorded on other devices or software)
  • Record lectures, announcements, directions, etc. – for online or blended courses


Accessibility in Panopto

Classroom Recording Protocol

Classroom recording can be a valuable teaching and learning tool; instructors may choose to record classroom activities, or students who have received prior written permission from the instructor or have an approved Accommodation Plan can record classroom activities.

The Class Recording Protocol and Guidelines for Recording Video‑Conferenced Synchronous Online Classes has been approved by Senate.

How-to videos

Adding Collaborate Ultra and Panopto to Your Course Space [0:46, no audio]

Support beyond Dalhousie

Support for Panopto, including online guides, video tutorials, and a community forum.

Training for Panopto

Academic Tehnology Services (ATS) offers on-demand training for Panopto, on topics such as:

  • Recording videos (including with PowerPoint slides)
  • Recording audio
  • Creating automatic or custom captions
  • Adding built-in quizzing to audio and video content
  • Using the audio and video editing tools