Explore ways Elon faculty utilize Kaltura in class, online

Posted on: May 22, 2019 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Illustration of online video instruction.

The use of video can be very effective in teaching. Whether for an online course or to enhance in-person instruction, video can promote active learning and help keep students engaged.

At Elon, faculty have access to Kaltura – a video platform that allows instructors to easily create and share videos and screencasts with students.

Among key features of Kaltura is its integration with Moodle. Faculty can share videos with students without leaving their Moodle courses. In addition, Kaltura videos are ad free and can be made private, so they can only be viewed by Elon users.

Concerned about a possible steep learning curve? Don’t be. Kaltura includes tools to help you create videos and screencasts. Detailed analytics also let you know who watched and how much they watched. Furthermore, videos created in Kaltura are automatically transcribed, which makes it easier to edit and add captions.

If you haven’t experimented with Kaltura, check out a few common ways Elon faculty are using the tool in their courses. Then, take some time to explore on your own. If you have questions or need help, contact the Technology Service Desk at (336) 278-5200.

Flip in-class lectures

Want more time for in-class activities and discussions? Flip portions of your lectures from face-to-face to online using Kaltura Personal Capture. For example, if a PowerPoint presentation is part of your in-class lecture, you can record yourself talking through the slides and provide this to students. Kaltura will automatically detect your slides, making them searchable and easier to navigate.

Delve deeper for clarification

If you’re instruction includes some difficult subject matter, some students may benefit from additional review. By recording a detailed video, students can review the additional content outside of class. Kaltura Personal Capture includes a whiteboard and annotation feature that allows you to write on top of your screen or your PowerPoint presentation for optimal clarification.

Incorporate student video assignments

Video creation doesn’t stop with faculty. With student access to Kaltura Personal Capture, incorporating video assignments within your course is easy. When a student submits their video assignment in Moodle, it is embedded in the grading screen, which eliminates the need for downloading and makes grading easier.

Tarah Holland

Tarah Holland is a Digital Content Strategist at Elon University.

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