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Panopto Announcement for Softchalk Users


Information Services just sent out this email to Softchalk users here at DePaul:

"As you may be aware, there is a project in progress to migrate from Ooyala to a new streaming media and video system called Panopto. Panopto is a video streaming and video content management software that is fully integrated with D2L and will allow you and your students to upload and manage video content files for classes directly within D2L. The self-service availability with Panopto’s D2L integration will streamline the process for uploading content for the courses you teach.

If you have video content in your SoftChalk module and these modules exist in SoftChalk Cloud (e.g. they are not zipped up and unpacked in D2L), you will need to contact by September 1, 2016 to coordinate migration of your content. Fits staff will work with you to migrate the content into a space within Panopto and work with you to set the video permissions so your audiences can view them. Please note that a list of video titles will be needed in order to migrate the content.

On September 30th 2016, the existing streaming media systems will be retired and will no longer be accessible. All necessary content must be migrated into Panopto prior to this date.

If you have any questions about using Panopto in your class or if you want to provide students with the ability to upload video content, please contact for assistance."


Library's new streaming video purchasing policy

For online and hybrid classes, streaming licenses will be pursued upon request if the Library has an existing contract with the streaming vendor.  The Library will purchase a single year license, when available. For face-to-face classes, new streaming licenses for individual titles will only be pursued in exceptional circumstances, such as when multiple classes are all using the film. For titles that will be shown in a face-to-face class, the library will instead pursue a DVD copy of the film if the library does not already have one in their collection. 
The current exception to this policy is content the university has been licensing through
Swank. The model for Swank content is currently in transition. For Spring 2016 quarter the library is asking faculty members to limit their requests for Swank titles to films that are required viewing for all students and that must be viewed outside of class.  Starting in September 2016, the library expects to have a large suite of Swank films (approximately 150 titles) available to all DePaul users for the year.  This includes a large number of titles commonly requested in the past.  The titles in this collection can change from year to year but there will be less flexibility for mid-year additions.  As a result, the library anticipates having a much more limited ability to support new requests for classes during the year and will instead primarily rely on DVDs to fill these needs. If there are films you anticipate needing next year, that will be required viewing for all of your students and that will not be shown in class, please let Cynthia Petts (, the Collections & E-Resources assistant, know so that these titles can be considered for part of the suite of content next year.

DePaul Classics Streaming Collection

DePaul’s library has a series of twenty classic films that are now available in streaming format to add to your Desire2Learn classes. For more information please visit the library’s website.
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