PowerPoint Notes / Panopto Notes

I was working with a tutor yesterday who had recorded herself speaking to some PowerPoint slides. The recording looked very good but she asked me whether it was possible to put a link into the Comments box so the students could get the PowerPoint file. Her reasoning was that she had read her notes – Notes in the PowerPoint file – and wanted these also to be available to her students.

I suggested that instead of that, we copy the text from the PowerPoint Notes into the Panopto Notes area and do so for each slide so they are all synchronised with the recording.  We then made them public because we did not know whether her students had Panopto accounts. (At present here, only students whose tutors have deployed the Moodle Panopto Focus block have accounts).

On testing this from a student’s perspective we learnt two things.

  1. Public notes cannot be viewed by viewers who are not signed in. So cannot be seem by people  without a Panopto account on our system.
  2. When logged in, the student needs to know to click into the Notes drop down box and choose the tutor’s username to see the tutor’s notes.
What someone who is not logged in sees. - i.e. no Notes.

What someone who is not logged in sees.

What a logged in user sees, i.e. Notes link

What a logged in user sees

The logged in user can see the notes if they select the tutor's name form the dropdown list.

What the logged in user sees when they select the tutor’s notes from the dropdown.

So, OK we have to be aware of this and we need to provide guidance to the students, but this is a great resource and very quick to implement if the tutor already has notes.


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