Recording Student Presentations on your iPad with Panopto

If the Panopto app isn’t installed on your iPad, please go to the App store and download it



When you sign into Panopto for the first time, it will prompt you to enter the following URL:



Sign in through EmersonDUO using your Emerson login



When you’re ready to record click ‘Record & upload’ and choose the course folder for your section



Give your video a name and click ‘Start recording’ (or ‘Choose a video’ if you previously recorded the video on your iPad). Two messages will pop-up asking for permission to use your iPad’s camera and microphone. Click OK




Once you’re done recording you can preview the video and choose to ‘Use Video’ or ‘Retake’


If you chose to use the video, click ‘Upload’ and the video will upload into your Panopto course folder in Canvas



All your students will have viewing privileges for all the videos in that folder


Your students can view the videos in Canvas when they click on Panopto



Note: If you previously recorded videos on your iPad and would like to upload them to Panopto, it might be faster to use a computer for that. For help, please contact:


Video Submissions from Students

By default, your students will be able to view videos you upload to Canvas using Panopto.

If you want to enable your students to submit videos in Canvas using Panopto, you have to create an assignment folder for them. Here’s how you do it:

First click on Panopto in your course navigation menu

Screenshot of the navigation tool in Canvas with Panopto as the second to last selection

Next, click on the settings gear in the Panopto window

Screenshot of Panopto library in Canvas with the settings wheel on the top right marked

In Overview, click Create Assignment Folder. An assignment folder in Panopto will be created and your students can upload/record videos into it

In your instructions, remind your students to upload/record their videos into the folder your created for them

screenshot of the course folder settings, under overview an option to create an assignment folder.

If you would like your students to be able to see each other’s videos, go into folder Settings and check the box that says, Allow viewers to see each other’s sessions

Screenshot of assignment folder settings. We can check a box to allow viewers to see each other's sessions


That is the recommended workflow if you would like your students to be able to see each other’s videos.


In Canvas, we recommend the following workflows for submitting videos as part of an assignment:

If you want students to see each other’s work, in addition to checking the appropriate box in the assignment folder settings, ask your students to submit their videos to a Discussion. The Panopto record/upload icon is available in the Rich Text Editor

screenshot of rich text editor with the panopto icon

If you would like to keep the submission private, we recommend you create an assignment and choose Text Entry from the Submission Type dropdown. Do not choose Video Recordings: that is not the Panopto tool

Screenshot of submission type settings with Text Entry checked and Media Recordings striked off

The Latest in Teaching Technology at Emerson

Welcome back, faculty!

Canvas has made some updates this summer, and we want to let you know about them. As always, please reach out to ITG via the Emerson Help Desk or by calling x8090 if you have any questions or would like help setting up your courses. (For non-Emerson community members, please contact IT at your home institution for assistance.)

Missing/Late labels on submissions:

  • Missing and late assignments are clearly marked with icons in the Gradebook.
  • Completely automated; not yet possible to toggle these on or off.
  • Communication is key! If an assignment is optional or extra credit, tell students not to worry about the “Missing” icon on that assignment.

In the Speedgrader, these icons look like:

Canvas submission time stamp with Red "LATE" label
No submission with Red "MISSING" label

Your students will see this when they look at their grades:

Student View of Gradebook with "LATE" and "MISSING" labels next to assignment due dates

Default home page in Canvas courses:

  • Most fall classes are set to show “Recent Activity”.
  • Newer sections may show “Modules” instead.
  • Next semester, all classes will default to showing “Modules”.
  • Faculty can change their default home page at any time.

There are additional options for your home page besides these, such as a static page, your syllabus, or your list of assignments. Canvas has a guide with more information about all of the options and their potential uses. For a tutorial on how to change your home page, check out this Canvas guide: How do I change the Course Home Page?.


Document Viewer:

Overview of SpeedGrader with DocViewer embedded in the left panel and an arrow pointing to the download link in the top left

In the screenshot above, the Document Viewer is the frame on the left under the purple header bar.

  • Features are mostly identical with a slightly different look (most obvious in SpeedGrader).
  • All existing comments should still be viewable in SpeedGrader.
    • If not, let ITG know.
  • Created by Instructure, so more reliable.
  • Ten hours before a session times out.
  • The option to download an annotated pdf of student work is now a “download” icon in the upper left.


Icon updates:

Sampling of the new icons in Canvas

  • Instructure had to make these changes due to licensing concerns over the old icons.
  • There may be a few more changes coming.
    • The Course Status Publish/Unpublish buttons may become a toggle switch:
      Canvas status toggle switch for published course


A few of the new icons are highlighted below:

Canvas icons Published on left; Unpublished on right.

Canvas icons Upload on left; Download on right.

The new Quizzes icon is:

Canvas Icons Rocketship Quizzes

Erin Hallmark from Canvas’ parent company, Instructure, shared these insights on why this icon was chosen for quizzes:

For past usage, the Q icon was fine but only worked for English-speaking countries. (However, even in the English-speaking world, some users refer to quizzes as assessments or something else, so the Q icon wasn’t widely adaptable anyway.) Check mark icons are used for other design elements (and not all quizzes use check marks), so check mark wasn’t an option. And the lightning bolt was too negative. And a question mark couldn’t be used either because it conveys its own various meanings. Many other alternatives were probably considered.

So basically the team had to choose something positive that could translate into an idea supporting a variety of languages. The rocket ship was chosen because it represents the idea of moving forward and making progress, which is usually the goal of quizzes/assessments/enter your own terminology here.

Our design team knows that the Quizzes icon will not resonate with everyone, and depending a user’s perspective, the icon is going to seem confusing and controversial. Our team has been perfecting their use and styles over the last several months, not to mention what they look like in different sizes throughout all Canvas areas. We know icon changes are not easy (or change in general), so we’re glad that we now have an icon set that we own and won’t have to change repeatedly.


“View All Courses” button:

  • If you don’t see a course on your Dashboard, there’s now a “View All Courses” button to access the full list of past, present, and future courses you’re a member of.

Snapshot of Canvas Dashboard with "View All Courses" on the right, above the Course Cards


Canvas Teacher app:

  • Replacing SpeedGrader app. If you’ve already been using the SpeedGrader app, it will continue to function, but will not receive future updates.
  • More options for on-the-go course management
    • Grading submissions.
    • Communicating with students.
    • Updating course content.
  • Some tasks can only be done on a desktop/laptop computer. For initial course setup, we recommend using the fully featured web version of Canvas.

More information can be found in the Canvas guides: What is the Canvas Teacher app?

The Canvas Teacher app can be downloaded from iTunes for iOS or Google Play Store for Android.