Kaltura

Kaltura is a video streaming service that allows instructors to upload videos into Kaltura and play them back through Canvas. Kaltura supports a wide variety of video formats. Videos can be captured with a webcam and uploaded or instructors can upload previously prepared videos created with other software applications.

The main way to upload videos into Kaltura through Canvas is through the My Media course menu button. If this button is not visible, then you have to adjust your Canvas navigation settings to make the button visible in the course menu.

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to any course. Once a video has been uploaded in a course, it becomes accessible to any course you are enrolled as an instructor. You only have to upload each video once and deploy it any or all of your courses.
  3. Click My Media in the course menu.
  4. Click Add New in the upper-right corner.
  5. Select which type of video you want to add. Kaltura supports several different types of video upload: 
    • Media Upload - Pre-existing video in a wide variety of formats.
    • Webcam Recording - Start a recording with your webcam. It will automatically upload to Kaltura.
    • Record a Presentation - Record a PowerPoint presentation to be uploaded into Kaltura.
      Note: Additional software required
    • YouTube - Link to a public YouTube video. 
    • Video Quiz - Convert an existing Kaltura video to include an embedded quiz with one or more questions. See additional documentation HERE.
    • Screen Recording - Record your entire desktop. It will be uploaded to Kaltura. This is ideal for demonstrating software or alternating between multiple applications.
  6. If Media Upload is selected, click +Choose a file to uploadVideo files must be less than 2 GB.
  7. Fill out metadata details for the video. 
  8. Decide if the video will be Private (meaning only you can view it) or Published (visible to all students). You can change this later.
  9. Click Save.

One of the easiest ways to share Kaltura videos with students is to embed the video into a page within Canvas.

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to the course in which you want to add a Kaltura video.
  3. Click Pages in the course menu.
  4. If your course has a designated Front Page that is being used as a Home page, click View All Pages at the top of the screen, then click the page you want to embed the video. Otherwise, when you click Pages, simply select the appropriate page.
  5. Click Edit in the upper-right corner to be taken to the rich content editor.
  6. Place your cursor somewhere on the page where you want to embed the video.
  7. Click the Embed Kaltura Media icon.
  8. Click the blue Select button next to the video to embed. You can click the drop-down arrow next to Select to determine what size you want to use, otherwise the default size will be used. You can also click the Add New button to upload a new video.
  9. Click Save at the bottom of the page. Within the rich content editor, you will not be able to see the video, you will see a gray box where the video will be. Once you have saved the page, you can see the embedded video and play it.

Kaltura analytics allow you to track the number of views per video, who has watch the video, and how long they watched the video.

To view the Kaltura analytics, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to any course that has either the My Media or Media Gallery button available in the course menu.
  3. Click on My Media (or Media Gallery, if there is at least one video published to the Gallery).
  4. Click on a thumbnail for one of the videos. This will take you the details page for that video.
  5. In the lower-right corner, click the Actions drop-down menu and select Analytics.

     
  • # of Visits - Total number of times that the page that hosts the video has been accessed.
  • # of Plays - Total number of times users actually played the video.
  • % View Drop Off - Percentage of users who dropped out of the video at some point.
  • Average View Time - The average length of time users watched the video. Ideally, this number should be 80-90% of the total length of the video.
  • # Comments - If comments have been enabled for the video, this will show how many comments have been posted for that video.
  • Top Engaged Users- This will show a list of users who have interacted the most with the video within the specified time frame (default is 30 Days).
    • Click View All to see the statistics for everyone who has interacted with the video within the specified time frame.
  • Top Plays in Media Gallery- If this video has been posted in the course Media Gallery, you will see a list of the most viewed videos.
    • Click View All to see the views for all of the videos in your Media Gallery.

Kaltura has the option to allow you to create a video quiz. These video quizzes allow you to break up the video into smaller segments for your students. Assignments within Canvas can be created using these video quizzes with analytics showing how well each student performed on the quiz.

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to any course in which the My Media or Media Gallery button is available in the course menu.
  3. Click on My Media or Media Gallery in the course menu.
  4. Click the thumbnail for the video.
  5. Click the Actions drop-down menu in the lower-right corner and select Add Quiz.
    1. You should see a video on the left and an editing pane on the right, labeled General.
    2. You can change the Quiz Name to something more desciptive. By default, Kaltura will call the Video Quiz "<VIDEONAME> - Quiz" where <VIDEONAME> is the orignal name of the video.
    3. You can also type in a new Welcome Message.
    4. RECOMMENDED: Uncheck the box for Question List. If this box is checked, students will have the option of downloading the questions for the quiz, which means they could see the questions before they play the video.
  6. Click General to open the Editing menu. There are three additional options: ExperienceScore, and Add Questions.
    1. Within the Experience tab, you have the following options:
      1. Check/uncheck Edit Answer to determine if students can change answers before submitting a quiz.
      2. Check/uncheck Skip For Now to determine if students can skip questions within the Video Quiz.
    2. Within the Scores tab, you have the following options:
      1. Select the Do Not Show Scores radio button if you do not want students to see their scores after the quiz is complete. If the Quiz is added as a Canvas Assignment, then they will still be able to see their score in the Gradebook. The Analytics will also show their score.
      2. (Default Option) Select the Show Scores button if you want students to see their scores after they have submitted their quiz.
      3. Check/uncheck Include Answers to determine if students will be able to see the correct/incorrect answers after they have submitted their quiz.
    3. The Add Questions tab is where you will actually add your questions to the Video Quiz.
      1. Move the playhead in the video to where you want to insert a question. Video needs to be paused before you can add questions.
      2. Click the blue "+" icon in the middle of the video to add your question.
      3. Type in your question.
      4. Type in the correct answer in the first box.
      5. Type in any additional answers.
      6. Shuffle the answers by either clicking and dragging them around or click the shuffle icon in the upper-left corner of the Quiz Editor.
      7. You can click the light-bulb icon in the upper-right of the Quiz Editor to add a Hint (when students select the incorrect answer) or Why information (which gives the student feedback when they have answered the question).
      8. Click Save when done.
      9. A blue Q icon will appear on the timeline below the video, showing when the Quiz will appear for students when they start playing the video.
      10. You can click-and-drag the icon on the timeline to move it to a different point within the video.
      11. Click Preview Quiz to see your quiz.
  7. Once the Video Quiz has been created, you need to share it. You can share it just like any other Kaltura Video by embedding it within a Page or publishing the video to the Media Gallery. Kaltura essentially creates a copy of the source video that includes the questions, so you can include a version of the video with or without questions.

To view the Kaltura analytics for Video Quizzes, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to any course that has either the My Media or Media Gallery button available in the course menu.
  3. Click on My Media (or Media Gallery, if there is at least one video published to the Gallery).
  4. Click on a thumbnail for one of the videos. This will take you the details page for that video.
  5. In the lower-right corner, click the Actions drop-down menu and select Analytics.

  • Avg Score - Average score of the number of users who completed the quiz.
  • # of Visits - Total number of times the page that hosts the video has been accessed.
  • # of Plays - Total number of times users played the video.
  • % View Drop Off - Percentage of users who dropped out of the video at some point.
  • Average View Time - The average length of time users watched the video. Ideally, this number should be 80-90% of the total length of the video.
  • # Comments - If commenting has been enabled for the video, this will show how many comments have been posted for that video.
  • Top Engaged Users- This will show a list of users who have interacted the most with the video within the specified timeframe (default is 30 Days).
    • Click View All to see the statistics for everyone who has interacted with the video within the specified timeframe.
  • Quiz Users - A short list of the users who have interacted with the video quiz.
    • Click View All to see the the total list of users who have interacted with the quiz.
  • Quiz Questions- A summary of user performance on each question.
    • Click View All to see the total user performance on ALL questions.
  • Click Quiz Users at the top of the analytics page to see the performance breakdown of each user and each question. Kaltura will show how many questions each user answered correctly/incorrectly, but also show what the user answered for each question.

It is possible to add a Kaltura interactive video quiz as a standard Canvas assignment. These quizzes can only be taken once with no option to reset the assignment.

  1. Login to Canvas.
  2. Navigate to a course in which you want to add the video quiz assignment.
  3. Click Assignments.
  4. Click +Assignment in the upper-right corner.
  5. Type in an Assignment Name.
  6. Under Submission Type, select External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click the Find button.
  8. Select Kaltura Video Quiz.
  9. Select the video to be shared as a Quiz. Only videos that have been made public (i.e. published to the Media Gallery) will be available.
  10. Click Select in the lower-right corner.
  11. Fill out the rest of the details for the assignment (points, due date, availability, etc.).
  12. Click Save or click Save & Publish when finished.

A new column will be visible in the Gradebook for this assignment. When students complete the quiz, their scores will be recorded in the Gradebook and their responses will be available in the Kaltura Quiz Analytics.