What is it?
Kaltura in Connect is a video platform accessible to all students, faculty, teaching assistants, and administrators.
Instructors and students can integrate lecture capture and video materials, submit video assignments, and share video content. Features include the ability to upload, publish, search, and create clips from existing video content, reuse videos across various courses, and share video directly in Connect. This video platform can enrich course material and lead to improved student engagement online.
You can access Kaltura in any place that has the Connect Content Editor via the Mashups button () such as assignments and discussions.
Please take note though that all uploaded videos must comply with Canadian Copyright Laws. For more information, please visit http://copyright.ubc.ca.
Kaltura is currently in Beta and not all features seen in the video are implemented.
Uses and Benefits
Kaltura is more than just a video storage platform. It has a suite of features that extend its flexibility based on your own teaching and learning context.
- Upload Video – upload videos to Connect and add them to a gallery.
- Integrate Videos – add video to assignments, tests, quizzes, forums, blogs, and more, directly from the Kaltura Mashups feature within the content editor. You can select from existing content in My Media and Faculty Repository, upload videos or record them on the fly. The same flow exists wherever you have access to the text editor. Alternatively, users can easily ingest and display video as a standalone course item through Tools.
- Record and upload video from webcam - record your laptop's built-in webcam without the need for new software.
- Clipping Tool - students and faculty can create video clips from existing content. Remove redundant sections or create highlights from the longer video (requires owner’s permission).
- "My Media'" Gallery– every user has a private media destination where content can be uploaded, managed, clipped, assigned and shared (based on user permissions).
- Search Capabilities - perform search and filtering on video metadata (e.g. titles, descriptions, tags) and save searches for future use.
- Reuse Materials - instructors and students can easily reuse and repurpose videos across multiple courses.
- Ownership - You have the option to enable or restrict what other people can do with your videos when shared such as clipping and embedding.
- "Course Gallery" - enables course members to search and view rich media assigned to a course.
- Faculty Repository - instructors can easily share content with each other and the larger UBC community by making their media public in the searchable Faculty Repository. The repository also allows faculty to use library/curriculum media content for their courses.
- Share Videos - instructors can embed their videos elsewhere to an external site, blog or any page that accepts HTML (ie: a website, a blog, etc.).
- Accessibility - supports playback with ADA/508 compliant video players.
- Optimal Playback Experience: mobile playback – including iPhones, iPads, Android and Blackberry devices, with automatic device detection and Flash-HTML5 fallback.
Creative Class Projects
Students can be asked to create class video projects that not only shows what they learned in the course but also highlight their creativity. For example, student groups in FNH 200 were tasked to create educational videos about a specific topics in food science geared towards students outside of their class. Explore the videos at http://wiki.ubc.ca/Course:FNH200/TeamProjects. The videos ranged from crime-style dramas discussing food poisoning to a simulated reality-show cooking competition. With clearly written criteria, students were able to engage with the course material by applying them in a variety of contexts.
Videoblogging for Reflections
Videoblogs (vlogs) are blogs that primarily use video to create regular posts instead of writing them. Authors typically share their opinions about a certain topic or use the blog as a reflective space for their own thoughts. Some authors find it easier to express themselves verbally as they can take advantage of their voice to convey emotion and meaning. Students can be asked to create private blogs and reflect upon topics discussed in class. It enables instructors to assess a student's understanding, what are the connections they are making, and how they are processing what they're learning.
The resources below will get you started with integrating videos into your course using Kaltura.
Step 1: Plan and Prepare Your Video
Creating a video can be a daunting task. There is preparation involved, consideration to be made about your presentation, time required to edit the video and the effort involved to make the video professional.
Explore the How to Prepare to Create a Video Guide for more info or watch the video below:
Step 2: Upload or Record Videos
Both guides below show you how to upload/record your videos and add them to your course content.
If you already have video material uploaded, explore the How to Upload a Video Guide.
If you want to to record a video using your webcam, explore the Create and Upload a Video from a Webcam Guide.
Provides you with a quick overview of Kaltura and its different functions.
Create and Upload Videos
Manage and Share Videos
- Manage Videos in my Media
- Share and Manage Videos in Course Gallery
- Contribute to the Faculty Repository
Teaching and Learning Resources
For more detailed resources, explore the Kaltura Knowledge Centre:
- Only upload videos that you have created yourself or you have explicit permission to use. See http://copyright.ubc.ca for more information.
- Make sure the mic is close to you and that the recording site is quiet to ensure quality sound.
- When uploading a video assign video categories and add metadata to easily locate files later.
- Shorten a clip to create highlights and to reuse specific parts for other areas of the course.
- Explore the Video Basics Toolkit for more tips and resources on how to create videos.
More tips and best practices are available in the How to Guides and Quicksheets under the Resources section.