Resource Overview

Guide to using the Kaltura video platform

Kaltura is a video platform for recording, managing, and sharing videos with students. See below for an overview and tutorials on how to use it for your class.

For more ideas and technical support, email us or schedule a consult with a CTL staff member. 


  • Free to use with WashU license
  • Integration with Canvas  
  • Unlimited space for video recordings and uploads  
  • Automatic closed captioning and searchable transcript  
  • Kaltura Capture desktop recorder can simultaneously capture the device camera and screen
  • Multiple stream player with picture-in-picture that allows students to swap the primary video window during playback
  • A video editor to trim videos, split videos, add thumbnails, and edit transcripts 
  • Ability to add quiz questions in any video  
  • Analytics on views and engagement with all Kaltura media content as well as additional analytics provided by Annoto
  • Time stamped chat stream and note taking feature with Annoto integration 
  • Support and administration by CTL staff 
Reasons to use Kaltura

Kaltura provides a secure, cloud-based platform to create and share videos. Its features and integration in Canvas makes it ideal for engaging students with asynchronous video lectures, which have several benefits for teaching and learning: 

  • Accessibility: Automatic Closed Captioning and transcription helps all students take notes, search for keywords, and better understand verbal instructions. It particularly benefits students who are non-native English speakers, hard of hearing, or those who cannot play/hear audio in their learning environment. 
  • Dual-Processing: Video combines voice with visuals, two types of multimedia content that are processed separately in the brain (Mayer, 2005). Using both processing channels can reduce cognitive load and maximize learning (see Brame, 2015). 
  • Human connection: Videos allow students to hear an instructor’s enthusiasm and see multiple non-verbal cues that can enhance their own connection with the content and the instructor. 
  • Agency: Students can pause, rewind, and skip content so they can dive in deeper or review the content at their own pace.  
  • Save time: Videos can be used repeatedly and shared widely, therefore reducing instructor’s workload once a high-quality video is made.  
Ideas for teaching with Kaltura


Record a video and share with students on Canvas. After adding Kaltura to a Canvas coursepublish videos in your course pages, discussion boards, or assignments.  

Explain how you want students to engage with video content: When and how should students watch the content? Why kind of notes should they take? Should students prepare to discuss this content further in class? How should students use videos with other class materials (slides, handouts, assignments, etc.)?

Have conversations with your students on Kaltura videos with Annoto, which will allow you and your students to write time-stamped comments and personal notes. Annoto is automatically integrated with Kaltura videos. Just click on the comment bubble on the left to open the Annoto panel.


Review the automatic closed captioning generated for your video and edit the transcriptions as needed. Like Zoom transcripts, Kaltura auto-transcriptions will often be inaccurate for technical terms and when audio is not clear.  

Split your video lectures or record them in smaller chunks 


Add quiz questions to enhance student engagement with your videos. Quiz question options include: reflection point (video pause with text, no points earned), multiple choice, true/false, and open-ended. These can be graded by creating an assignment in Canvas. 

Ask students to record and share their own videos on Canvas. Include milestones such as submitting a script/outline, submitting a practice video, and getting peer feedback (via video). Students will also learn how much work goes into creating your video lectures! 


Brame, C.J. (2015). Effective educational videos. Retrieved July 13, 2021 from 

Mayer, R. E. (2005). Cognitive theory of multimedia learning. The Cambridge handbook of multimedia learning41, 31-48. 


Kaltura MediaSpace

For tutorials on MediaSpace, please visit our MediaSpace page.

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