BU’s New Video Streaming Platform
BU recent adopted the Kaltura
Video streaming platform, and have branded it MyMedia the Instructional Video Streaming Platform. Some of the benefits of MyMedia are its:
- Integration with Blackboard
- Unlimited storage
- Powerful keyword search
- Automated transcriptions, and
- Ability to serve as a private channel for BU faculty and students. The content you upload is behind BU’s login, so only you and your students can access it.
You can use the platform’s video creator, CaptureSpace, to create screen-capture videos for MyMedia. MyMedia has a lot of other helpful tools, such as capabilities to edit videos, as well as to add titles and add and edit captions. Content also lives on MyMedia permanently, so if an instructor uploads content for a course and then leaves BU, he or she can always contact the MyMedia platform administrator to retrieve their old video lectures. MyMedia can support 18 different video formats, 15 different audio formats, and 5 different document formats, so users rarely have to worry about converting files in order to upload them.
Students access MyMedia through Blackboard (or Sakai, for Questrom classes). On Blackboard the student’s MyMedia link appears in the bottom right of the home screen below the list of classes. Students’ interfaces look the same in Blackboard and Sakai, and through that portal students can access, edit, and add content. MyMedia even includes a Mashup tool, which allows instructors to create an assignment thread. Students can upload videos to that thread, and even provide peer feedback to each others’ videos, making it an optimal platform for peer assessment.
BU’s MyMedia Use
BU’s MyMedia went live on October 1, 2016. Since October 2016 BU’s MyMedia users have uploaded over 2.7 Terabytes of content. Wendell Seale is EdTech’s MyMedia Platform Administrator, and in the past two weeks he has trained about 40 members of BU faculty and staff in MyMedia. So far the largest contributors to BU’s MyMedia have been the College of Arts & Sciences, the Geddes Language Lab, and the Office of Distance Education.
One extremely important aspect of MyMedia is the use of tagging and descriptions. MyMedia builds an object-oriented database that does not use folders, which can take some time to adapt to. However if you tag the date, location, subject, and keywords significant to your video, you can always easily locate your content through a simple keyword search. This can make it even easier to locate content, as users no longer have to navigate through multiple folders to find older videos.
To access the platform go to mymedia.bu.edu and choose “Log In” from the pulldown menu in the upper right corner of the screen. You will be taken to the Kerberos screen to enter your BU username and password. You can also access MyMedia training videos on TechWeb. The Educational Technology team is available to all who are interested in learning about how MyMedia can contribute to learning or teaching at BU. For a consultation or information on MyMedia trainings reach out to EdTech through firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an IT Help ticket.