Setting Up Video Discussions with Panopto


  • This article provides the best practice for video discussions in place of the now-deprecated tool Flip.

  • The Panopto feature in Discussions is only available on desktops. Students won’t be able to complete this assignment through mobile devices.

For students to complete their discussion board requirements with posted videos, follow these steps:

  • In the Discussions space in your course, click +Discussion to build your discussion in Canvas as you normally would (see the Discussions (Instructors) article for steps and information) 

  • As you populate the Discussion with prompts, include information about replying in videos. Feel free to:

  • Save or Save & Publish the Discussion

The Panopto connection (LTI) has a default setting to automatically share videos within students and teachers within the same Canvas course. This means that when students record their Panopto videos directly in Canvas Discussions, the share settings are automatically set to share the videos with course users. If there are any issues, direct students to the Sharing [Panopto] Videos article.

Additionally, videos are auto-captioned in Panopto.

Example Activity Directions for Panopto Video Discussions


The purpose of this discussion is to [insert MLO(s) relevant] to the specific activity.

You will use Panopto to record videos for your initial and reply posts for this discussion. Please refer to the steps in this Using Panopto in Video Discussions article.

For grading criteria, see the rubric [link].

Initial Post

[Prompt text]


[Prompt text]

Discussion Guidelines

  • All students are expected to adhere to the community agreements outlined in the syllabus. 

  • Waiting for the initial due date to pass before replying helps to ensure all posts receive a response.

  • Tap into your own thoughts and insights. Instead of just repeating information or using AI tools, take the time to reflect on what we've covered in class or in the readings. Share your own perspective, ask questions, and make connections to your own experiences or other subjects you've studied. Learning is all about your unique understanding and ideas.