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I Recorded My Lecture; Now What?

You’ve done it this time! You remembered to record your online synchronous lecture and now it is waiting to be viewed by hundreds if not thousands of students eager to drink from the fountain of your knowledge. But how do you make your masterpiece both easy to find and accessible to all your students? You could create a detailed list of instructions outlining how to play recordings in your preferred online collaboration platform (e.g. Collaborate, Teams, Zoom, etc.), email them to everyone, and post them in your course, but that sounds like a lot of extra work and requires students to go through a series of steps to access the videoHave no fear, our video hosting platform, Kaltura, can help!

Uploading your video to Kaltura has several advantages over leaving it in the video conferencing platform. Kaltura makes sharing your videos easy, even if you need to share with multiple classes. The Kaltura Media Gallery, which is unique for every course, is easily accessible for students, and instructors can post videos to multiple media galleries with just a few clicks of the mouse. 

Kaltura includes some basic editing, so there is no need to use a separate video editor to trim unwanted sections of videoWhen you remove portions of your video, Kaltura knows to skip the spaces created by cutting, so video plays smoothly without interruption–no reshuffling required. Additionally, Kaltura automatically captions your video after it uploads, making it accessible to a wider range of learners and situationsAdmittedly, the machine captioning is not 100% accurate, but it is pretty close, and editing the caption file to ensure accuracy is as easy as editing a Word document. (Please note that you should edit your video for length before editing the caption file so that captions remain synchronized with the video.)

But wait; there’s more! Kaltura also has a quiz feature that allows you to insert questions into any previously uploaded video to give students a quick knowledge check, break things up a bit, and ensure that students are actually viewing (and engaging with) the video. These video quizzes can be graded or ungraded and are fully integrated with the Blackboard gradebook.

Finally, using Kaltura will give you a single place to store your video content for future use, and as an added bonus, videos embedded in Blackboard courses using Kaltura do not count against your course size limit, so you won’t run out of space in your course.

For more information about Kaltura, including detailed instructions for uploading, editing, and sharing your videos, please visit CITL’s Kaltura page. If you still have questions or would like some assistance, please contact CITL via email at citl@niu.edu or call the faculty support hotline at (815) 797-2477. 

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