Part 8: Fall 2018 Labs

132 Kaltura MediaSpace – 10.05.2018

Kaltura MediaSpace, part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, is a Canvas-integrated tool often underutilized on campus. In the October 5, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants explored how to use audio, video, and screencasts to engage students with content and let them express what they’ve learned. Multimedia can be one of the best ways to reach the current generation of students, so attendees discussed best practices to make media accessible, navigable, and efficient for students and instructors alike.


  • Canvas videos are great for providing quick submission feedback, but Kaltura specializes in streaming longer higher-quality media, such as course content.
  • In the Canvas navigation tabs, Kaltura My Media lets individual users see all of their media, while Kaltura Media Gallery presents media for a specific course.
  • All videos populate to one gallery, with no folder capabilities. If there are lots of videos to sift through, it can get confusing for students. Possible workarounds include creating separate channels, searching videos by tag, and embedding videos in Canvas within the context of the content.
  • Canvas allows instructors to create Pages that are editable by students. Use editable Pages for students to embed their own videos and comment on others’ videos. 
  • Create Group assignments to provide feedback to everyone without the time demand of providing feedback to individuals. 
  • Use Kaltura for student-created videos, too! Quality goes up when peers can see the product instead of just the instructor. Visit the DesignLab’s Digital Showcase to view student-created video examples, hosted in Kaltura.

For more information on Kaltura MediaSpace, visit the session’s activity sheet.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00pm (room 302) and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am (room 120) in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.) during fall 2018. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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