Panopto feature Spotlight: Assignments Folder

An assignment folder is a folder that students have access to record and upload their own videos/sound bites to. Students within a class have the ability to record and upload videos to the assignment folder once it has been created.  There are additional settings to allow students to only see their own or the entire classes uploaded recordings.  Additional assignments folders can be created and closed out as often as an instructor finds useful.


1. For instructors - To Enable an assignment folder for a class

1.1. In your class Panopto folder, select the cog wheel icon in the upper right corner to open the folder’s Settings menu.

enable assignments folder

1.2. On the Overview tab, under Assignment Folder, select Create Assignment Folder (Fig. 2). Create Assignment folder

1.3. A link to the new assignment folder will automatically appear with the class folder’s name and the word assignments in brackets next to it (see below example). Newly created assignment folder

1.4 Any students in your class will be able to record and upload videos to the assignments folder, as well as be able to edit and delete their own videos. They are unable to change the folder’s settings and permissions, or view its statistics. They will not be able to see any other user’s videos in the folder, unless otherwise indicated in the settings.

1.4.a. To allow students to see others’ videos: Open the Settings menu for the Assignments folder and navigate to the Settings tab. Select the checkbox next to “Allow viewers to see each other’s sessions.”

Settings on assignments folder

2. For Students - Recording to an assignment folder

2.1. Open your Panopto Recorder application.

2.2. At the top, under Session Settings, select the drop down menu and make sure to select the correlating assignments folder.

Uploading to assignments folder from Panopto Desktop Recorder

2.3. Select the Record button to begin recording the session (Fig. 6). To learn about recording with Panopto, please visit How to Record a Video and follow the steps listed for your respective operating system.


2.4. After recording, a student can verify that the session has been recorded by logging in to canvas, navigating to Panopto Recordings in the left hand column, selecting the assignment folder, and seeing that their video has been uploaded. Note: they will only be able to edit and delete sessions after uploading them to the site.

Assignments folder in Panopto

3. For Instructors - Closing an Assignment Folder

3.1. Once all students have submitted to the assignment folder, or the deadline for the assignment has been reached, you can close the assignments folder. To do so, select the cog wheel icon in the upper right corner of the class Panopto folder to open the Settings menu.

Settings gear icon

3.2. Underneath Assignment Folder on the Overview tab, select Close. Note: A pop-up window will appear to confirm that you want to close the folder, as this action cannot be undone. Closing an assignment folder prevents students from accessing and adding content to the assignment folder. The assignment folder and its content will remain accessible to you as an instructor.

Closing out an assignments folder

3.3. As noted above in 3.2., the instructor will still be able to access the assignments folder and it’s submissions. It will appear as closed in the Assignment Folder section of the Settings menu for the class Panopto folder and include the date on which it was closed (see below).

Note: you can create new assignments folders as needed by repeating from step 1 at the top of this guide.

Closed assignments folder