Kaltura is a comprehensive, robust, campus-wide video platform, available to all faculty, staff, and students at NIU. With Kaltura, users can upload, publish, share, and edit videos, as well as create screen recordings, in-video quizzes, and other kinds of interactive learning experiences. 

Kaltura My Media Page

Kaltura is embedded tightly with Blackboard, allowing a simple workflow for instructors building video-based course content and a seamless video experience for students, as well as providing rich analytics, gradebook integration, and automatic closed captioning. Hosting content using Kaltura has the added benefit of providing a media rich course without affecting your Blackboard course quota.

Features of Kaltura 

  • Upload, store, and share your existing video content, created outside of Kaltura (PowerPoint to MP4, smartphone video, tablet recordings).

  • Create and share quick webcam/microphone videos for introductions, micro-lectures, video feedback.

  • Create and share screen recording videos by recording webcam, screen and/or narration​. This is useful when creating recordings of anything on your screen such as software demonstrations of data analysis tools, coding interfaces, design tools and website tours, narrated document reviews (detailed project document, course syllabus), and a workflow for creating a narrated presentation using PowerPoint or another presentation tool.

  • Incorporate YouTube videos into your Kaltura media library and embed and play through the Kaltura player in Blackboard.

  • Take advantage of excellent automatic closed captioning, with simple caption editing and video transcripts.

  • Edit videos in Kaltura, create video quizzes, and branching video experiences.

Using Kaltura in Blackboard

Use these overview instructions to get started. See the Quick Guide Create and Share Video Content in Your Courses using Kaltura for more detailed instructions for adding, creating, and sharing content using each of the main Kaltura features.

Creating/Adding Content to your Kaltura My Media Library

To begin using Kaltura in your Blackboard course, log into Blackboard and (instead of clicking Courses) choose the Tools area from the left navigation. On the Tools page, click Kaltura My Media. Then, click the Add New button to create new content.

Incorporating Content from your Kaltura My Media library in your Blackboard Course

Once you have content in your Kaltura My Media library that you want to share in your Blackboard course(s), click the Courses link from the left navigation in Blackboard and navigate to the target course. To create a link to a Kaltura video in the Original Course View, using the Build Content menu on the toolbar, select Kaltura Embed and click the blue Embed button next to the video you want to add as a link. 

To create a link to a Kaltura video in the Ultra Course View, hover and click the + icon where you would like the video to be placed and choose Content Market then Kaltura Embed.  Select the blue Embed button next to the video you want to add as a link. 

Students Using Kaltura

In addition to interacting with course content, students can take advantage of the same tools and features to create their own content for presentations, projects, assignments, performances, and other activities in your course. See the Student version of the Create and Share Video Content in Your Courses using Kaltura guide for ideas and instructions. You can share this link with students or copy and modify the instructions to fit your course activities.

What About MEDIAL?

Kaltura is replacing MEDIAL as NIU’s campus-wide video hosting platform. Beginning in May 2020, MEDIAL will no longer accept video uploads. The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) is currently developing a migration strategy for videos in MEDIAL that need to be migrated to Kaltura or otherwise preserved. DoIT will be communicating the migration strategy to faculty and staff who have content in MEDIAL in May 2020. Faculty and staff who have content in MEDIAL or other hosting platforms will be able to receive assistance and advice regarding migration options once the strategy is in place.

Last Updated: 4/7/2020