What do we mean?
Re:View is the University of Bath's video platform (also known as Panopto). It allows staff to record lectures and other activities in General Teaching Accommodation (GTA) rooms. In addition to this, staff and students can pre-record content from their PCs and capture video from their mobile devices and tablets for upload to Re:View.
Top tips for making the most of Re:View
Our top tips will help you make the most of Re:View for learning and teaching purposes on your course.
Top tips for using Re:View
Re:View is the University’s name for the service we use to record and store video material. This provided through a platform called Panopto which is why you will see both used in communication and support materials. The good news is that Panopto is commonly used in the University sector and provides excellent support resources. So if you can’t find what you need from TEL’s resources you can visit https://support.panopto.com/ for further video or tutorial guidance. Please remember that Audio Visual (AV) deal with technical queries.
Staff and students can access Re:View through your Moodle course, from the Re:View (Panopto) block (which is found in the Course Toolkit on the left). Staff and students can also access it directly from the Re:View website at http://go.bath.ac.uk/review. Videos are stored in Moodle-linked folders so the easiest way for staff and students to find videos is through their Moodle course.
When the Re:View (Panopto) block is first added to Moodle it will ask to be ‘provisioned’. With a simple click this creates the mirrored folder in Moodle that allows videos to be accessed from within the block, under the Supplementary Recordings heading. The other links will take you directly to the Re:View website home page.
In Re:View you will have a folder that mirrors the name of your Moodle course. Videos saved in this folder can be found in the Re:View (Panopto) block under the Supplementary Recordings heading (but will not show those in any sub-folders you may have created). There is another unit folder, named in this format Y2021-XX00112, which is SAMIS-linked. This is designed to receive recordings from scheduled lecture capture (and as this is not happening in AY 2020/21, this folder should be left empty). Everyone also has a My Folder which is a personal folder space (and includes a sub-folder called Meeting Recordings for Zoom meeting videos). If you want others to see the videos from your My Folder space, please move them to a Moodle-linked folder. This summary may help.
Videos stored in Re:View are visible to people based on the permission levels which are set at folder and video level. Using the Moodle-linked folder ensures that permissions are inherited from Moodle. (Teacher and Non-editing Teacher roles can edit/view and Student role can view). Sometimes though you may want to share a video with another individual or cohort. You can do this by inviting an individual or cohort to have access. So if you create a video for one cohort and want to share with another cohort, you can.
You may not want last year’s recordings visible to this year’s cohort but because we re-use Moodle courses each year this is exactly what happens unless you do a spot of housekeeping. This process is explained fully in our support pages, as you may find yourself in a number of different scenarios, requiring slightly different archiving approaches.
There are many ways to create videos (from your smartphone, by converting PowerPoint presentations or using specialist software) but you can also use a Panopto desktop recorder which can be downloaded from the Re:View (Panopto) block or from the Re:View website. This allows you to record using your PC or laptop, with the resulting recording uploaded to your Moodle-linked folder. If you’re delivering in-person teaching you can also use this tool in teaching rooms to record your session.
If you have recorded a video using a tool other than the Panopto desktop recorder, you will need to upload that video to your Moodle-linked folder. Navigate to your Moodle-linked folder (via Moodle or directly in the Re:View website) and click the Upload button from the Create drop-down menu. The video will process before becoming available (and this can sometimes take a while depending on the number of videos being uploaded at that time, and the file size of your video).
Although students can access videos from the list in the Re:View (Panopto) block, it can be more useful to embed the video in the context of the resources or activities happening in the Moodle content area. You can grab some embed code for your video and paste this into the HTML view of a Moodle text-editor (for example in a Moodle Label or Page). It’s helpful to also add a direct link to the video, in case the student has browser difficulties and can’t view the embedded video.
All videos that are uploaded to Re:View now automatically have captions added. These are not always 100% accurate, for example transcribing ‘middle’ for ‘Moodle’. However, you can edit the video, reveal the captions and edit the text.