Panopto Makes Lecture Capture System Free for Educators

Rich Media software developer Panopto is making its CourseCast lecture-capture technology available free to qualified educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. The software is being distributed though the company's new Socrates Project to provide free access in exchange for participation in "ongoing beta and developer programs aimed at continually enhancing the technology...."

CourseCast allows educators to capture, edit, and stream audio and video via the Web and provides indexing and archiving capabilities as well. Captured materials can be searched, linked, and annotated through the software, and recorded materials can be embedded in popular course management systems.

"CourseCast was developed at Carnegie Mellon and has become a great success," said William L. Scherlis, founding director of Carnegie Mellon University's Ph.D. Program in Software Engineering and co-inventor of CourseCast, in a statement released last month. "We have captured thousands of lectures and there have been more than 100,000 viewings to date. CourseCast is used by on-campus students, by disabled students, for distance education, and for many other purposes. The goal of the Socrates Project is to allow other academic institutions to deploy CourseCast, thus delivering on part of Panopto's charter to give back to academia."

Carnegie Mellon is a charter member of the Socrates Project, along with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Institute for Clinical Research.

Information about signing up for the Socrates Project can be found at the link below.

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