You already know that video is revolutionizing education.

But does your institution?

Most likely, your institution is already taking advantage of (or looking to expand into) some form of online education: blended learning, remote learning, on-demand personalized learning, MOOCs, flipped classrooms, social learning. Despite their differences, all of these forms are enhanced by video.

The Kaltura Video Building Block for Blackboard Learn opens up a new set of engaging teaching possibilities. Features include integration of lecture capture and video materials, the ability to give video assignments, and easy sharing of video content contributed by both student and faculty .

This rich media functionality works across the Blackboard Learn platform.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana is preparing students for the next phase of video communication using the Kaltura Video Building Block.

Known for its innovative research and forward-thinking faculty, Purdue stays on the leading edge of education by leveraging technology in new and thought-provoking ways for both distance learning and traditional classroom environments.

Purdue installed the Kaltura Video Building Block as part of a six-month pilot and asked key stakeholders and video power users to give it a try. “The response was unanimous,” said Donalee Attardo, Director of the Institutional Development Center at Purdue, “everyone found Kaltura to be easy to use and said it offered more flexibility and features than our previous solution.”.

When the pilot ended in the fall of 2012, Purdue made Kaltura available campus-wide. “At the same time, we were moving everyone over to Blackboard Learn, so we included Kaltura in the Blackboard educational materials,” Attardo said. “We were informed by faculty that Kaltura was very intuitive. My department has had to do very little training on Kaltura – it just quietly runs in the background.”

Professor Larry Nies of the School of Civil Engineering was an early adopter of Kaltura. “I started using it in the spring of 2012 during the pilot,” Nies said. “As soon as I used Kaltura, it made sense.”

Nies uses Kaltura in his distance learning and traditional classes to add video clips to his lectures. First he records a lecture in his office, narrating over PowerPoint slides, then incorporates video to help students better understand the topic. “I could lecture for 20 minutes or show a three-minute video and get more attention from the students,” Nies said.

For Professor Robin Shay of the Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences department, Kaltura has been transformational. As a deaf professor teaching American Sign Language (ASL) , Shay has found that Kaltura saves her a lot of time and allows her to communicate more frequently with her students.

“With Kaltura, I now have the ability to continue using sign language with my students outside of the classroom to assign projects, collaborate, and administer exams,” Shay said. Previously, when administering an exam, Shay had to stand in front of the class and sign each question in ASL. Students then had to write their answers on paper. “I couldn’t proceed until all of the students were ready to move to the next question,” Shay said. “Now I produce an online exam with a very short video of me signing each question and the students must click on the appropriate multiple-choice answer.” This allows her students to take the exam at their own pace on their own time, freeing up class time to cover other topics.

To learn more on how Kaltura is being used on the Purdue campus, check out the full case study.

Video may have killed the radio star, but it’s nothing but a boon to the Internet star.

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