Kaltura is the name of our video platform that integrates with Canvas to help you find, create, and share educational video content with students. Below are some tutorials to help you get started using Kaltura. To use Kaltura, you must enable “My Media” and “Media Gallery” in your course navigation list. (Article: How to Manage Course Navigation)
My Media vs Media Gallery
My Media page is a page for any media that you upload into Canvas, no matter what course it is for. Only you can see the videos that are in My Media. Additionally, students, TAs and others can use My Media as a place to upload their own content if you choose to use that for your class.
Media Gallery is a gallery of video content specifically published for the course that you are in. Media from My Media needs to be published to the course in order to show up in this space. You can also choose to upload content directly into the Media Gallery if you wish.
When you edit a video, there is a publish button that will allow you to select the courses that you’d like to publish in. There is a limit of 32 courses at a time that can have a single video published in it (it’s an arbitrary limit by Kaltura, so if you need to publish a video to more courses than that, we can find a work-around).
Adding and Creating Video Content
In My Media, click on the blue “Add Media” button, and a menu will appear. We will explain each way that you can add media in the sections below.
Select this option if you want to upload an existing video from your computer into Canvas. Once you have uploaded your media, you can make some edits to it. Watch the “Kaltura Video Editor” video for how to edit your uploaded video. Please note that currently, you cannot edit a YouTube video.
Adding a hotspot to a video
Hotspots are links that you can add to a video (note that you cannot add a hotspot to a quiz video or a YouTube video). They can link out to a different website or link to another place in the video. Watch the tutorial video if you need some guidance.
This option will allow you to record a video of yourself, if you have a webcam attached to your computer. This is nice if you want to quickly explain something to your students. You don’t need any extra software for this, and it runs right within Canvas. This works best in Google Chrome browsers.
As the name option implies, if you click on “YouTube” you can import a video from YouTube into your Media Gallery. You simply have to input the link to the YouTube video into the designated spot. This works nicely if you know of high quality content that teaches a principle you’d like your students to use. You can also turn YouTube videos into Video Quizzes that also reflect in the student’s grade book.
Personal Capture allows you to record your desktop for students. This is helpful if you have specific instructions about how to use a website or software. It will record your voice as you demonstrate how to do something on your computer screen. You will be invited to download Kaltura Capture Desktop Recorder to your computer before you are able to record for the first time. The following video demonstration will show more detail about how it works.