Who Moved My Zoom? – Summer 2021 Newsletter 4

By July 29, 2021April 5th, 2024Smeal Academy Newsletter

Summer 2021 Resilience – Week 4

The goal of the Smeal Academy is to equip everyone with best practices and strategies for teaching, learning, and technology to ensure the Smeal community is prepared to respond to the unique teaching challenges of this time. Throughout the summer, we will be sending emails with practical tips and information, providing live sessions, and holding virtual consultations.

Last week we discussed reshaping your Fall semester. This week, we share resources that can help you utilize Kaltura for your video storage and sharing needs.

Who Moved My Zoom?

Penn State is urging you to do a “Summer Clean Up” of Zoom storage. This announcement reflects a shift in the University’s video storage and delivery policy away from Zoom and towards Kaltura. Recording in Zoom is still recommended.

Accompanying the request to delete unused recordings from Zoom will be other changes coming this Fall which could change workflows related to sharing video content with students.

To ease the transition from Zoom to Kaltura for video storage and delivery we’ve provided an overview of Kaltura and its integration with Canvas below. We will also be conducting a “Who Moved My Zoom?” Smeal Faculty Academy session in the near future to discuss some of the Fall changes and updated best practices in more detail.

What Is Kaltura?

Kaltura is Penn State’s tool for storing, publishing and streaming media. It’s cloud based and works in conjunction with Zoom and Canvas to help incorporate digital content into coursework easily and seamlessly. The Penn State Web site that hosts Kaltura is named Mediaspace – so you may read articles that mention it.

Why Zoom Video Storage is Transitioning to Kaltura

  • Zoom storage is expensive. Penn State needs to reduce our costs.
  • Zoom videos are already automatically transferred to Kaltura for storage/delivery.
  • Providing captions to videos is easier in Kaltura.
  • You can structure your Kaltura videos into Playlists for easy access.
  • You can easily integrate your videos and Playlists into Canvas.
  • You can view robust viewer analytics on Kaltura videos.

How Zoom and Kaltura Work Together

  • Video content recorded in Zoom is automatically stored in Kaltura as well.
  • While Kaltura does have a tool to record video, it is not an optimal recording solution. We recommend recording videos using Zoom then using Kaltura to publish, store, and deliver video content through its seamless integration with Canvas.

How to Access Kaltura

  • You can go to the Kaltura Web Site.
  • You can access it directly at the Mediaspace Web Site.
  • You can also view your Kaltura videos from Canvas by clicking the “My Media” option on your Canvas Main Navigation.

How to Locate and Organize Your Kaltura Videos

  1. Locate Kaltura Videos
    Once you have logged into Kaltura or opened My Media in Canvas, you can search by keywords in Kaltura’s search functionality, or use search Filters to narrow your results.
  2. Organize Kaltura Videos
    Videos can be organized into Playlists (video collections in a list viewable by anyone) and Channels (video collections shared with specific users).
  3. Access Kaltura Analytics
    Instructors can view robust Kaltura analytics for both stand-alone videos embedded into course content as well as Course Media Galleries. These analytics can provide useful insights using metrics such as Plays, Minutes Viewed, and Completion Rate, to name a few. This data can be used to improve future content offerings, identify content that is under-utilized by students, and provide a means to hold students accountable for watching required content.
  4. Share Your Kaltura Videos in Canvas
    Rich integrations between the Canvas and Kaltura platforms streamline delivering video content to students. These integrations eliminate the need to log into multiple systems to find and deliver videos, reduce the chance of errors caused by copying long links or embed code, and provide the assurance that security, access, and analytics are at optimum levels.Videos can be organized within Canvas using the Course Media Gallery option. Each Canvas course contains a “hidden” Course Media Gallery. It must be activated by the instructor or other course editor within Canvas to be used. Using the Course Media Gallery ensures that analytics will capture individual student activity and that video permissions are set to allow students in your course to view video content.You can also embed individual videos into Canvas pages, announcements, quizzes, etc.

Upcoming Live Sessions

Clickers Be Gone: What Now?

With iClicker support ending in Spring 2022, this session will explore alternative technologies and strategies for interactive polling in your courses and explore some considerations as you transition away from iClicker use.

Join us Wednesday, August 11 from 12 to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

NOTE:  Recordings and resources from previous sessions can be found on our eLDIG Website.

Tips of the Week

Tip 1: Access Help Docs About Canvas

Got a burning Canvas question and you need the answer NOW? Here are some ways to get that answer:

  • Access Canvas Docs: Visit the Canvas Community for great, step-by-step instructions on just about anything related to Canvas.
  • Access Canvas Help: In Canvas, click the Help button (a question mark) in the lower left area of the screen. From there you can text chat with or call an expert, access help documents, and more!

Tip 2: Write Better Discussion Questions

Match discussion questions with your learning objectives to evoke deeper, richer responses and interactions in online discussions. View this site on Online Discussions to learn more!

Tip 3: Use Low or No-stakes Quizzes to Elicit Learning

Research on low or no-stakes quizzes indicates that students perform better on the “real” quizzes and exams. It’s a great way for students to test themselves, discover their weaknesses and proactively address them.
Source: Ungraded Quizzes: Any Chance They Promote Learning? (2015). Teaching Professor, 29(5), 3.


Helpful Websites


Check out the eLDIG website for more resources and support.

Contact Us

Email us at: course-support@smeal.psu.edu or fill out our Remote Teaching Support form.