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Converting Articulate Lectures to Kaltura Videos

If you have your original PowerPoint and Audio files, you can convert them to videos that can be uploaded to Kaltura.

  1. First, convert the PowerPoint and audio files to an .mp4 video using PowerPoint. If you do not have audio files outside of the PowerPoint/Articulate proprietary format, the audio files can be exported for this process.
  2. After the video file has been uploaded to Kaltura, you may add chapters to the video to mimic the table of contents feature in Articulate.
  3. The final step in any video creation for use at UIS is to be sure a transcript

Including Video in an Online Course

Videos can enhance your course by offering examples, explanations of concepts, and can be a visual for your students to refer to when learning new content.

There are several ways to add video to your course:

Hollywood movies or documentaries (copyrighted)

Brookens Library has many films freely available through film collections to which the campus subscribes. If you find a video you would like to include, contact the library for help linking to it in your Blackboard site.

If the film you wish to show is not available in these collections, it may be available in the library’s film collection or available for purchase. The library can work with you to find obtain copyright clearance for the film.

You can also request that your students find a film at a local library or video store. Contact your Brookens Library Liaison for help teaching your students to use the WorldCat database to find films at their local library.

Free videos from the Web

YouTube and Ted.com are just two of many great sites for free video on the Web. The embed codes provided by sites like these make it easy to add the videos to Blackboard.

To embed a video player from Ted.com or YouTube.com in your Blackboard course site:

  1. Copy the embed code from the video website.
  2. Go to your Blackboard course.
  3. In the upper right corner of your Blackboard site, make sure Edit Mode is ON.
  4. Click on the content area in which you would like the video to appear (for example, Course Materials or Course Information).
  5. Click on Create Item.
  6. Enter the title of your video next to Name.
  7. In the Text box that appears on the screen, click on the HTML button to view the HTML code.
  8. Paste the embed code you previously copied.
  9. Click Submit.

Create your own video

Check out a digital video camera from ITS or record your screen using Camtasia Relay. Once you have created your video, you need to put up for your students to see it.

Please upload the video to Kaltura Media through Blackboard. Learn more about Kaltura Media here.

Hints about videos in online courses

  • Remember that large files can take a long time to download if a student has dial up internet service. Please be careful not to upload videos directly into your Blackboard course. Always link from an outside source as stated above.
  • Videos should supplement content. Use videos to explain text book content more in depth, create examples of concepts, and extend the learning environment with outside curriculum resources.
  • Other purposes for video in your course might be:
    • Introduce yourself to students
    • Student presentations
    • Specific examples of past projects
    • Feedback on assignments

Kaltura Media Overview

Kaltura Media is the video management solution at UIS. Faculty and students may upload video from other sources (MS Lync, camcorders or phones) or record web cam and/or screen capture videos through Kaltura Capture Space Lite. A fantastic feature of Kaltura is the statistics for video use. It will tell you the percentage of your video that each student watch, how many times it was access, and the average view time. Across UIS, the average view time for a video is 7 minutes and 35 seconds, which is on the longer side of the recommended 5-7 minute length for video lectures.

For detailed videos on how to use Kaltura, please see the Kaltura Company’s training videos on Kaltura and Capture Space Lite.

UIS Kaltura Resources

Access and Upload Videos to Kaltura Media

Faculty and students access Kaltura Media through Blackboard.

  1. Go to the “My Blackboard” tab and locate the My Media module on the page. Click on “My Media.”
  2. Click on “Add New” and then select “Media Upload.”
  3. Click “Choose a file to upload” and select your file.
  4. Your video will upload automatically. Depending on the size, this may take a while.
  5. After your video uploads, edit the name, description, tags (key words), and privacy settings.
  6. Click “Save”  to complete the upload process.
  7. Follow the steps in this post to add your video a Blackboard course.

Video Lectures

Beginning in Fall 2014, faculty may reserve time in the COLRS Faculty Video Recording Studio to record lectures or interviews. The room is equipped with a high quality video camera, lighting, microphone, green screen, and a computer for editing videos with Camtasia Studio.

Please contact COLRS to discuss your project.

Adding Kaltura Media Videos to Blackboard Courses

Kaltura Media is a media management tool built into Blackboard. Recordings made with Capture Space Lite are automatically published to Kaltura. You may also upload videos you’ve created with other tools to Kaltura. Learn More about Kaltura and Capture Space Lite.

Thumbnail

The thumbnail option adds a preview image to the content area of your Blackboard. When students click on the video, it opens to full size.

  1. Navigate to your course and the content area to which you would like to add the video.
  2. Click on “Tools,” and select “Kaltura Media.”
  3. Enter your search terms (name of the video or any descriptive tags you added to your video) and click the search icon. Also, know that the most recently published videos appear at the top of the list.
  4. Click “Select” next to the video you wish to add to your course.
  5. Enter a descriptive title for the video.
  6. Click “Submit.”

Embed

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. On the “My Blackboard” tab, locate the “My Media” box on the left side of the page and click on “My Media.”
  3. Enter your search terms (name of the video or any descriptive tags you added to your video) and click “Go.” Also, know that the most recently published videos appear at the top of the list.
  4. Click on the video you wish to add to your course.
  5. Click on the “Share” button that appears below the video. (See image below.)

  6. Press CTRL + C to copy the embed code to your computer’s clipboard.
  7. Next, go to your course content area (Weekly Materials, Assignments, Syllabus, etc).
  8. Click on “Build Content,”  and then “Item.”
  9. Enter a descriptive name for the item.
  10. In the text box, be sure your menu is expanded (see image below).
    ExpandTextboxEditor
  11. Click on the “HTML” button on the text box menu. This will open a pop-up window. Paste (CTRL + V or Command + V) the code you copied to the clipboard in #6 and click “Update.”
  12. Click Submit.

Link

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. On the “My Blackboard” tab, locate the “My Media” box on the left side of the page and click on “My Media.”
  3. Enter your search terms (name of the video or any descriptive tags you added to your video) and click “Go.” Also, know that the most recently published videos appear at the top of the list.
  4. Click on the video you wish to add to your course.
  5. Click on the “Actions” button that appears below the video. (See image below.)
  6. Click “Edit.”
  7. Click the “Share” icon in the lower, right-hand corner of the video. (See image below.)
  8. Click the the URL (it should begin https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com…), and press Press CTRL + C to copy the URL to your computer’s clipboard.
  9. Next, go to your course content area (Weekly Materials, Assignments, Syllabus, etc).
  10. Click on “Build Content,”  and then “Web Link.”
  11. Enter a descriptive Name for the item.
  12. Paste (CTRL + V or Command + V) the code you copied to the clipboard in #8 in the “URL” area.
  13. Under “Web Link Option,” select “yes” to open the video in a new window. If you do not open the video in a new window, students will not be able to view the video.
  14. Click “Submit.”

Add to Course Gallery

The course gallery option allows you to add a link to your course menu that takes students to all videos for your course.

Add a Course Gallery Link to your course menu

  1. Go to your course.
  2. Click on the “+” above your course menu.
  3. Choose “Tool Link”
  4. Enter a name for the link (Media Gallery or Course Videos, perhaps).
  5. Select “Media Gallery” for the Type.
  6. Check the box to make the area available to users.
  7. Click “Submit.”

Add a video to your course gallery

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. On the “My Blackboard” tab, locate the “My Media” box on the left side of the page and click on “My Media.”
  3. Enter your search terms (name of the video or any descriptive tags you added to your video) and click “Go.” Also, know that the most recently published videos appear at the top of the list.
  4. Click on the video you wish to add to your course.
  5. Click on the “Actions” button that appears below the video. (See image below.)
  6. Click “Publish.”
  7. Select “Published,” and then select the individual courses to which you would like to publish the video to the media gallery.
  8. Click “Save.”