TEL project updates: Panopto

Panopto, the tool for recording teaching sessions, is in the final stages of testing with the University Single Sign On (SSO) authentication system. Early adopters of Panopto at the University found that the introduction of SSO over the summer by ICTD affected the use and republishing of Panopto content with users being unable to see the recordings in Canvas pages.

The final stages of testing Panopto in our Beta and Test Canvas environments is due to be completed very soon and we are confident that the software will be working as expected within the Canvas environment.


Behind the scenes, the TEL team are working with the solicitors office, HUU and other stakeholders, on a new policy document to support the roll-out of Panopto in the classrooms. In addition, the TEL team are working on creating supporting documentation and guidance in the use of Panopto for recording your teaching sessions.

We are invested in bringing Panopto to you to support teaching and learning and the enhancements it can bring to the students learning methods.


TEL project updates: Canvas

This is the first of our TEL project updates from our team meeting yesterday.


​Module clean up

There are currently over 6000 modules that have been brought in to Canvas which we think are legacy modules and are no longer being used. May of them are not attached to programmes in AIS and therefore are just sitting in the root of our infrastructure with no home to go to.

We are undertaking a massive clear out of these modules at our end and we are chasing up Faculty teams to remove any modules from AIS that they are not actually delivering.

This is no easy task for either the TEL team or the Faculty staff, but it is a necessary one as we should have better data as we move forwards with our new systes like Canvas and SITS.


Permissions clean up

In addition to the tidy up of modules in Canvas, we have begun to devolve permissions from the original “System Admins” who had full access to everything. Good systems management practice means having only a small number of people with full system access and then managing the permissions appropriately for people to allow them the access they need.

The rationale for this is that we should have permission sets for people according to their job role and responsibility level, not necessarily their skill set.


Infrastructure management​

We have now got a successful heirarchy in Canvas which mirrors the new Faculty and School Structure. Canvas now pulls modules into the correct School from AIS when it imports.

To better support administration staff, we can now add administrators and Student Hub teams at Faculty level so that they can “see” all of the courses in their Faculty wihtou having to enrol themselves on every course. This will cut out the problem of people being enrolled in over 100+ courses and experinecing poor Canvas performance issues.

We have put a call out to the Faculties through the ADs for Education for lists of admiinistrative staff who need adding at this level.

If you feel you should have this access, please get in touch with your senior Administrator or AD and request they put your name forwards.


External Examiners

Lastly, we are working closely with the LEAP team, HR and ICTD to ensure that your External Examiners are getting access to Canvas.

Remember, for an EE to get access to Canvas, they
must be registered with HR and on iTrent, AND you
must add them to a module in AIS in an EE role. Only when both conditions are met will the integration pull them in to Canvas with a valid account.

If you require any assistance with this process please email for any technical queries, or for any administrative queries.


TEL Blog relaunch


This is the first post of the relaunched TEL team blog from the University of Hull. We will hopefully be making this a regular feature and a place to find our about all things TEL going on at the University.

TEL Guides

It seems like an appropriate time to remind people of our FAQ and TEL guides to Canvas on the Hull-Guides page in Canvas. Here you can find information on questions that others have asked about how to use Canvas, Enrol on open courses to help you get the best out of Canvas and also a glossary of Canvas-related terms.

Morning Canvas!

Every week at 0830 on a Thursday morning we say “Morning Canvas!” and open up a webinar for all to join where we discuss all things Canvas. Previous topics have been “how to customise your tiles on your dashboard” and “How to create an impact with your Home page“.

If you want to join a webinar, watch out for the joining instructions in your latest eBulletin.


The TEL team have also been very active behind the scenes, testing out new tools within Canvas like Panopto to get the very best out of them. You will hear more about Panopto and how it can improve your teaching in future posts, but if you want to get ahead, please do contact Sue Watling in the team in the first instance.

Panopto has been included with every Canvas course at the University and it makes it really easy to add, upload or create new content for your courses.

Other news

In other news, Persefoni Stylianoudaki from the Technology Enhanced Learning team, will be joining Anji Gardner on the Student Services team from the 1st of December for a six month secondment. Persefoni will be working on the Student Engagement Project and will be located within that team for the duration of her secondment. All TEL enquiries related should still come to in the normal way during this period where we can then support them effectively within the TEL team.