UIS offers instructors two options for posting accessible videos with captioning in online courses: Kaltura and YouTube. In this post, we’ll explain the differences between both options, and when it’s better to use one over the other.
Kaltura is a premium video service supported by ITS that provides instructors with several advantages:
- Integration with Blackboard
- Compatibility with tools we already use, such as CaptureSpace Lite and Skype for Business/Lync
- Access to analytics, including the number of times a video has been viewed, devices and platforms used to view the videos, the drop-off point of videos, and more.
- Machine-generated closed captioning is available.
- Support for uploading closed-captions (.srt files)
Kaltura also has several disadvantages:
- Increasing storage costs for the university as video uploads increase
All faculty, staff, and students at UIS have access to individual YouTube accounts through our Google Apps for Education license. This means that practically anyone affiliated with the university has access to most Google products, including YouTube, with their existing UIS NetID and password.
Many instructors are moving from Kaltura to YouTube to host accessible videos with captioning. Some advantages of YouTube include:
- Unlimited individual video storage and video retention
- Better mobile support
- An increasingly-accurate auto-captioning service that automatically creates captions for any video that you upload, in dozens of different languages
- A user-friendly integrated transcription feature
- The ability to upload closed-captions (.srt files) and pre-existing plain-text transcripts
- An auto-timing feature that easily converts transcriptions to closed-captions
Disadvantages of YouTube include:
- Privacy concerns: While individuals have full control over whether their videos may appear in public searches, anyone with a link to a video that is not “private” will be able to watch it or embed it on other websites
- Advertising: Because YouTube is an ad-supported service, students may be subjected to ads that you do not control, unless they pay for a premium YouTube subscription
- More limited analytics that are restricted to video views
Accessibility for Videos
Regardless of the video platform you choose to use, you should ensure that your content is accessible, and that you have proper copyright permissions if you use anything that you did not produce yourself. Learn how to use YouTube to make closed-captions. Please feel free to contact COLRS anytime to further discuss Kaltura, YouTube, captioning, and accessibility.