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Auto Upload from Zoom to Panopto

Below you will find the procedure for setting up Zoom Cloud Recordings to automatically upload to your course folder in Panopto. This is considered to be most convenient and effortless method for sharing your Zoom recording to your students in your Blackboard course.

NOTE: These instructions presume your Blackboard course is setup for Panopto and have a licensed Zoom account.

Step 1: Locate your unique "Blackboard Course ID"


You will need your unique Blackboard Course ID for your course (NOTE: this is not the same as your Course ID in SIS). The Course ID is a part of your Blackboard Course Page URL and is preceded by "course_id=". The format for the Course ID is "_xxxxxx_x", where exactly two underscores and seven numbers are apparent (Example course ID: _211403_1). 

The Course ID can be found in one of two places:

Course Title URL in Blackboard

Your Course ID can be found by hovering over your course title located at the top of the Course Menu in Blackboard. In the very bottom of your browser window, a URL path should appear, which will contain the "course_id" parameter in the URL. Make note of the underscores and numbers that appear before the '&'. (Click screenshot below to see expanded view.)

Screenshot of Blackboard showing how to hover over course title to find course id

Blackboard Course Site URL

Another method to find the Course ID is to look at your browser's address bar when viewing your Blackboard course site. Place your cursor in the address bar and arrow over until you find "course_id=". Then copy the underscores and numbers that appear before the '&' . (Click screenshot below to see expanded view.)

Screenshot of Blackboard showing where to find the course id in the browser page address

Step 2: Update your Zoom class meeting

Step 2a:

Now that you have your unique Blackboard Course ID, go to your class' Zoom meeting, then click Edit to edit the meeting settings. Note: You cannot use your Personal Meeting ID for class meeting if you want to automatically upload from Zoom to Panopto. It is best practice not to use your Personal Meeting ID for class meetings.

Step 2b:

Make sure your Zoom meeting is set as a "Recurring Meeting". NOTE: It is ok to have your meeting Recurrence set to "No Fixed Time".

Step 2c:

Scroll down to the "panopto_folder_context" field and enter the Course ID (from Step 1 above) exactly as it appeared in the URL. NOTE: The format for the Course ID should be "_xxxxxx_x" (Exactly two underscores and seven numbers with no spaces)

Step 2d:

Save the meeting settings.

Step 3: Test that it works

Step 3a:

Do a test by launching the meeting and recording to the cloud. NOTE: You can also set the meeting to record to the cloud automatically.

Step 3b:

End the meeting after several seconds and you should get an email from Zoom that the cloud recording is ready.

Step 3c:

Shortly after that, an email from Panopto saying that the Panopto copy of the recording is ready.

Additional Information

If you enable an audio transcript, it will show up as captions in Panopto.

If you save the chat messages in Zoom, they will show up in the "discussions tab" in Panopto (time-coded).

Concluding thoughts

Please acknowledge the University's guidelines that recommend deleting recordings at the end of the semester if they include audio or video of students. For more information, please review the University's guidelines about recording lectures that may include video or audio of students. (Remember, Local recordings will not be automatically deleted.)