How to get students to present information through video creation using Panopto

Challenge: Helping students to summarise key information using an interactive and engaging method

Activity overview:

This activity uses video based tools to get students to develop information videos on particular topics. This video is then used to assess the students understanding of the concepts taught. This activity can be used for a variety of different discplines and can be flexible based on the academics/students needs.


ABC – Production Type Activity
This activity relates to the ABC activity type of production. This activity will produce and outcome/output.

Activity in practice:

Academic: Dr Clare Miller

School: School of Life Sciences

Dr Clare Miller engages students with public health topics, challenging their communication skills through producing short videos.  The activity builds presentation and communication skills in a digital age.  Students make use of various video editing software and submit their formal assignments via Panopto.

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Benefits of activity:

  • Allows students to express their understanding using a multi-modal approach
  • Students are able to summarise, conceptualise and apply their understanding
  • Creates a stock of resources to use for revision

Instructions & Related Resources

Below you will find some instructions relating to the activity mentioned above to enable you to adapt this activity for your subject area. This is split into three sections for your convienience: Preparing the activity, running the activity and related resources. Feel free to let the digital education team know how you have adapted this activity.

Recommended tools

Image text: See below to find more instructions on preparing & running this activity. Tools used: Panopto, Blackboard, Adobe Spark
Preparing the Activity
  1. Decide on what element(s) the students are going to summarise or create information videos on
  2. Create a video submission point on Panopto (see helpsheet below)
  3. Discuss with the students the tools (Adobe Spark & Panopto) they can use and give them a quick tour (or point them to the resources below) to help them complete the task.
  4. We would recommend if possible, sharing some examples or discussing the potential outcomes of the task.
Running the Activity

For guidance in detail on how to create and upload a video. Please see the related resources tab below.

Creating a video

Students, after being given their topic, will create a video resource. We would recommend either using Panopto or Adobe Spark to record their video. However, if they feel confident and want to use a different software they can.

Uploading a video

Once the student has created the video, they can upload this to Panopto via the assessment point that has been created (see helpsheet below for guidance).

It is recommended that students upload the video in MP4 format. Other formats can be accepted but can take a lot longer to upload.

Related Resources

Link | Creating a Video Using Adobe Spark Creator | LinkedIn Learning Course (15 mins total)

Student Helpsheet | Recording Video Using Panopto Desktop for Students | Internal Link

Staff Helpsheet | Creating a Panopto Video Submission Point | Internal Link

Helpsheet | Uploading a video to a course assessment folder | Internal Link