10 Reasons to Avoid Hosting Media in AsULearn

1: Site performance

Media files tend to be large in size. When multiple users attempt to play media at the same time, it puts excess strain on the system and can cause AsULearn to temporarily run slower for everyone.

Hosting media in Kaltura moves the work of media playback to a system specifically designed for it and helps improve the performance of AsULearn.

2: Storage space

Since media files are typically larger in size, more disk space is required to store them.

Using Kaltura for media storage means AsULearn disk space can be preserved for other course materials or system resources. Courses without large media files stored in them are also faster to backup, restore, and import.

3: Playback

To play uploaded media, the user has to wait for the file to download or stream to their computer, which can result in annoying pauses in playback. In addition, different browsers support different media file formats, so some users may not even be able to play the media in their browser of choice.

Kaltura automatically converts media to a variety of formats optimized for all the popular devices, operating systems, and browsers.

4: Security

Uploaded media files can be directly accessed in the browser and then downloaded or saved by the user.

Media files hosted in Kaltura are secured using AsULearn permissions and entitlements, and are protected from download.

5: Accessibility

Captions are necessary to make audio or video content accessible to users with disabilities. To be compliant, captions must be manually created and uploaded with media hosted in AsULearn.

Captions for content accessibility, search, and discoverability are automatically created for all media in Kaltura.

6: Publishing

To share media files in multiple courses in AsULearn, faculty must go into each course separately and upload or link to the existing media content.

The Kaltura integration with AsULearn puts publishing media in a single location, making it quick and easy to share content across multiple courses. Content can also be embedded in several ways: course galleries, assignments, discussions, announcements, and more.

7: Analytics

AsULearn course logs only provide basic information about who and when media was accessed. And media access logs are included with all other course logs, making it more difficult to pull media specific log data.

The Kaltura platform includes advanced content and viewer analytics that provide a high level of granularity and insight on engagement and content effectiveness to support student outcomes.

8: Engagement

Basic media uploaded to AsULearn can only be consumed by users (viewed or heard on playback).

Kaltura offers multiple means of user engagement with media: video quizzes that integrate directly into the gradebook, video assignments, interactive videos with hotspots and learning paths, automatic captions, and chaptering.

9: Content development

Media content authoring tools are not directly available in AsULearn. Media has to be recorded, edited, exported, and then uploaded to the platform.

Kaltura provides lecture capture, as well as automatic upload of lecture capture recordings. Editing tools including trim and clip, chapters and slides, and custom thumbnails are also part of the Kaltura application.

10: Content management

Media hosted in AsULearn is spread across multiple courses and multiple resources within courses, making it difficult to find and use existing content.

With personal media repositories, course galleries, and playlists, Kaltura simplifies the management of media across multiple courses and platforms.

Kaltura provides a market-leading media platform, media player, and wide array of media solutions, leveraging media to teach, learn, communicate, collaborate, and entertain. Contact your college consultant or faculty champion, or submit a support ticket to learn more about Kaltura or for assistance in moving your media content to Kaltura.


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Published: Sep 16, 2021 7:46am