Kaltura VMS

Kaltura is a Video Management System (VMS) which can be used by staff to create videos and share with students directly through the LMS. Upload, manage, embed, and curate libraries of videos all within your Canvas subject site.

What is Kaltura?

Kaltura is a video management system (VMS) that is integrated with Canvas. This allows for videos, audio, and images to be viewed, recorded, published and shared directly within the Canvas interface.

Vimeo and YouTube will still remain an available option for University staff to create marketing and communications content, however from 2020, it is recommended that staff and students use Kaltura to create, share, and engage with video content.

Note that Kaltura does not replace the Echo360 Lecture Capture system for automatically recording lectures in supported teaching spaces, but is instead an application for recording from your own devices.

Teaching and learning applications

Kaltura can be used to create and share media within a subject. This can allow instructors to better engage with students and increase interactivity of online teaching materials. Videos can also be captioned for greater accessibility.

Self-recording, editing, and embedding

Kaltura Capture has a simple user interface, requiring only one click to record, and is supported both on Windows and Mac. You can record two camera inputs at once; two screens, or a camera and a screen.

Once you have recorded a Kaltura Capture video, choosing to upload will automatically place it in ‘My Media’ (in the subject navigation menu of every Canvas subject), from where it can be published within your subject content.

Collaboration

Kaltura also allows you to create shared repositories with flexible administrator statuses (e.g. owner, publisher, and collaborator) to allow for sharing between staff and subjects within Canvas. This means that staff can easily share video across different subjects and their colleagues as necessary.

Meaningful analytics

With all video content in one system, you can generate meaningful analytics around viewing, completion rates, and engagement heat maps to determine how students are engaging with video content.

Access and licensing

Kaltura is available to all staff under a University-wide licence.

Getting started

You can access Kaltura from within Canvas by choosing My Media in the course navigation menu. From here you can select to Add New and choose the Kaltura Capture option. If you do not have Kaltura Capture installed, you will be prompted to download it.

Create a new Kaltura Capture in My Media
Create a new Kaltura Capture in My Media

Support and Resources

Kaltura is supported by Learning Environments. Questions regarding accounts, usage and training can be submitted through the LMS and Learning Technologies support request form.

You may also wish to attend a workshop on managing videos in Canvas or complete the self-paced online module in Canvas.

A number of guides are also available on the Learning Environments website, as well as the Kaltura website:

Unimelb guides

Kaltura.com user guides