After several years of using portable audio recorders to record classes for students and Adobe Presenter to add narration to PowerPoint Presentations, Albany Law School has moved to the Panopto lecture capture system for these tasks and more. (Examples are explained below.)

Panopto allows for easy recording and reviewing of courses, lectures, and presentations. As a secure cloud-enabled service, Panopto is designed to simplify the lecture capture process. Recordings made by Panopto can be viewed on most browsers and mobile devices. They also can only be accessed with school log in credentials or TWEN log in credentials.

Flipping the Classroom

The flipped classroom is one of the hottest trends in education. Professors can use the Panopto software to record lectures or narrate a PowerPoint presentation for students to view outside of class. Then class time can be used to apply the recorded content through discussion and problem-solving activities. The result being increased student engagement and more in-depth discussion during the class time.

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Student Recordings

Students can record themselves in simulated client counseling and negotiation sessions.  These recordings can then be shared with peers or the professor for critique and feedback.


Faculty/Staff/Student Trainings

Various departments in the school (IT, Careers, Library, etc.) can record demonstrations for students and staff and then post them instead holding on-site trainings.


Classroom Recordings

If students have learning accommodations or they miss important classes, Panopto’s remote capability can seamlessly record classes so that students can access them through their course’s TWEN site.

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When students view the recording, instead of just audio, they will be able to follow along with whatever the professor has on the screen such as, PowerPoint presentations, notes on the white board, content from the document camera, videos, web content, etc., thus making the recording much more valuable.


Here the professor is sharing a document from her computer.

The student can also take notes at different points in the recording.


The recording is searchable, as well – the audio and the text (if there is text recorded.)


Each time the professor mentioned “government” is noted by the time of the recording. (No text was shared.)

Below are some articles on using lecture capture in higher education:

Any other schools use lecture capture?  If so, in which ways?