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How to Record Your Class

How to Record Your Class Session

To facilitate instructional continuity for students who are in quarantine, isolation, or become ill, we recommend recording your class sessions, unless it is pedagogically inappropriate. As an additional benefit, these recording can be useful to all students for study and review purposes.

Classroom recording can take a variety of forms. The least complicated involves capturing your course slides and the associated classroom audio. In other contexts, it may be appropriate to use the camera on your computer or cell phone to also record yourself in the classroom. Depending on the particulars of your course, you can position your computer camera, cell phone, or an external webcam as needed. Some styles of external cameras can be set to automatically track your motion.

The recommended process for recording your classes and making them available to your students will involve using Canvas and Zoom. When Zoom and Panopto are enabled within your Canvas course site, and you schedule your Zoom meetings within Canvas, your Zoom recordings will be saved automatically to your course’s “Panopto Video” folder and will be available to your students within Canvas.

If you require supplementary equipment, technology, or additional assistance to support recording your classes, please contact Classroom Services to discuss options for equipment loans, training, and additional resources.

Below are the high-level steps necessary to record your class meeting in Zoom and conduct a blended synchronous classroom session (a class session where some students are in person and others participate remotely), if necessary.

Pointers to specific locations in the video tutorial above with an associated timestamp for the relevant location in the video, accompany each item below.

Before the class meets

  1. Add and enable Zoom and Panopto to your Canvas Course site. If you have not already done so, you will need to add and enable Zoom and Panopto to your Canvas site. This will enable you to schedule Zoom class meeting within Canvas and automatically load recorded class sessions to the Panopto folder in your Canvas course site. (Video Tutorial, 0:12 – 1:11)
  2. Schedule Zoom sessions in your Canvas Course site. Set the meeting to recur on a weekly basis that matches your course schedule. You can enable a passcode to limit the access to the live, synchronous Zoom meeting. Enable automatic recording in the cloud and disable join before host to ensure recordings only begin once the professor (host) arrives. (Video Tutorial, 1:12 – 2:54)

In the classroom

  1. Connect your device to the classroom media rack. Connect your laptop (or tablet) to the media rack using your HDMI cable and/or video adapter. If you do not have a HDMI cable or adapter you can pick them up from B10 Alumni Hall. (Video Tutorial, 3:04 – 3:38)
  2. Start your Zoom session. Launch your Zoom session from within Canvas or from the meetings tab in you Zoom desktop application. (Video Tutorial, 3:39 – 4:06)
  3. Set up your audio. Make sure your microphone and speaker settings are turned on and appropriately selected. (Video Tutorial, 4:07 – 5:14)
  4. Share screen. If you are using slides, start the Share Screen functionality in Zoom. (Video Tutorial, 5:15 – 5:41)
  5. Start recording. Your Zoom meeting will begin recording automatically if you enabled the automatic record setting during scheduling. If not, please press the record button to begin the recording (in the cloud).
  6. Enable video. If you wish record or share video of yourself, enable your computers onboard camera or connect a USB external camera. (Video Tutorial, 5:42 – 6:05)
  7. Stop recording. At the end of class please press the ‘End’ button and select the ‘End Meeting for All’ option. This will conclude the meeting and the recording. (Video Tutorial, 6:06 – 6:17)
  8. Save recording. After the recording processes on Zoom’s cloud it will automatically be transferred to your courses Panopto video folder, where students can access it. (Video Tutorial, 6:18 – 6:30)

After the class meets

  1. Control access. To control access to these recordings, click the share button on either the folder (to affect all items within) or on the individual video (to affect only one video). Once in the sharing window, where it says “Who can access this video” click ‘Change’ and you can update the sharing option. You can also add or remove users in the ‘People or Groups’ section. (Video Tutorial, 6:31 – 6:58)
  2. Edit videos. To edit a video within your Panopto folder, mouse over the video you wish to work on and click the ‘edit’ button. This will open the Panopto editor in a new tab. Proceed to mouse over the far left or right ends of the timeline to click and drag the handles to cut off any unwanted video at the beginning or end of the recording. You can also click and drag anywhere in the middle of the timeline to edit out other unwanted sections. All edits are non-destructive, meaning anything action that has been applied can easily be undone. Once your edits are complete, please click the ‘Apply’ button in the top right corner of the window. (Video Tutorial, 6:59 – 7:40)

Additional Resources

How to Record Your Classes Using Zoom

This short video demonstrates basic steps on how to record your classes using Zoom. In this case, the Teaching Center recommends recording to the cloud rather than your computer.

Best Practices for Recording Class Zoom Sessions in Canvas

This video describes how to set up a Canvas course with Zoom and Panopto and have it available for students to view in Canvas.

Storing and Editing Zoom Recordings

Information on how Zoom recordings are automatically transferred to Panopto for storage, and then deleted out of the Zoom Cloud. You can then edit, use, and share these recordings in several ways, both in and outside of your Canvas courses.

Creating and Using Video

Visit the video resource hub for a variety of support articles that can supplement your instructional needs.

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