Which should you use for teaching online?
Zoom and Panopto allow you to create recordings of online meetings, but they have different strengths and meet different needs for online work and teaching.
Panopto was designed mainly for lecture capture, so its features work best for creating a long-term, easy-to-view recording that integrates smoothly with Canvas.
Zoom was designed for online meetings, so its features emphasize interactivity and engagement during the meeting session itself. Zoom is able to record meetings to the Zoom cloud or to your local computer.
Review the feature comparison below to determine how and where to best use each tool. Both tools are available at no cost to UW faculty, students and staff.
Want to use live Zoom sessions and Panopto lecture capture for the same course? Check out the Zoom Panopto Integration.
|Feature / Tool||Zoom||Panopto|
|Join by phone||Yes||No|
|Easy sharing of recordings||
||Panopto can record
Learn more about Panopto playback
|User view||Active speaker view (default)
Gallery view: all meeting participants visible simultaneously
|Users can view two screens. By default, the main screen (PC) / secondary source (Mac) is larger, but users can choose which source is larger, or display a full screen of one source.|
|Chat||Each user can post a question or comment during the meeting to everyone in the meeting or to an individual participant. This chat conversation can be saved to the local computer when the meeting ends.||Please note there will be slight time delays when using chat during live broadcast.
|Breakout rooms||Yes, meeting host can create.||No|
|Mobile friendly||Yes. Download the Zoom mobile app.||Yes|
|Recording lifespan||Deleted after 90 days when recording to the Zoom cloud.
Meeting host can also record to local computer.
Recording can be downloaded from cloud or local computer.
|Deleted from the Panopto cloud after five years.|
|Students can schedule and start study sessions||Yes||No|
Learn more about when to use Zoom or Panopto.