Kaltura to Become Kent State’s Online Video Platform Solution
Kent State University’s Division of Information Services introduces Kaltura, a video application designed with a wide range of powerful tools and features, making it the optimal classroom tool.
Kaltura’s in-depth features and seamless integration with Blackboard Learn will benefit both faculty and students alike. The application is Cloud-based – meaning that it stores and presents video files on the internet – resulting in better performance and stability. Kaltura uses extensive distribution features, such as channels and playlists, allowing faculty to easily organize and share content for more specific audiences. Kaltura also uses a module called CaptureSpace,which allows users to record audio, video, web camera footage and screen captures with ease. Recording functions can be combined in many ways, including using multiple cameras and split screens, simplifying the process of producing videos.
A committee of university representatives from Information Services, the College of Communication and Information, College of Business Administration, Office of Continuing and Distance Education, Student Accessibility Services, University Libraries and others were tasked with the selection process. KSUtubewas originally designed and built in house by Information Services, but does not have the advanced capabilities of Kaltura. The addition of a keyword search, simple editing and consistent availability of support make Kaltura an application that can grow with Kent State.
Kaltura is officially being rolled out in the fall, with some video migrations from KSUtube already underway. KSUtube users who wish to have their videos transferred early can do so by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or by submitting a support request ticket at http://support.kent.edu.
Sixty-seven faculty and staff have already opted in to Kaltura, had their videos transferred and are successfully using the new system.
The Educational Technology group within Information Services will continue to transfer video content throughout the summer and into fall. All existing KSUtube video links will automatically be redirected to Kaltura with no action required by the video owner.
The new Kaltura platform can be accessed at http://video.kent.edu and within Blackboard Learn. Kaltura training is available as part of the ET Apps workshop. View the workshop schedule at http://training.kent.edu. Self-service tutorials also are available at http://video.kent.edu.
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