Within UR Courses, Kaltura can be used to host uploaded video, create galleries and media submission assignments for your students, and more.

Benefits of this integration include:

  • Uploads can be much larger than the UR Courses upload limits

  • Videos are transcoded to be playable on all devices, and are optimized to match a variety of network speeds

Kaltura My Media

The Kaltura Premium integration is available to all instructors and students as of the Winter 2021 term.

Visit Kaltura Learning for an overview of the most common questions when getting started with Kaltura.


The following are brief descriptions of the components available within our Kaltura integration, with embedded links to further information.

  • The My Media page is a central location that allows you to upload, preview, and share media assets within your courses.

  • There are a variety of methods for uploading media to Kaltura from within UR Courses. One of the simplest is to go directly to My Media to upload your media, and then to the course where you would like to embed it.

  • Alternatively, if you are in the course where you would like to upload media, select Add an activity or resource, and select Kaltura Video Resource from the available resource options.

  • The Kaltura Video resource is the simplest way to provide controlled access to media within your course.

  • The Kaltura Media Assignment activity allows you to collect media submissions from students. If you are interested in displaying assignment submissions back to students, or to build a gallery of student submissions, please refer to the Media Gallery options outlined below.

  • Embedding media elsewhere in the course is possible through the HTML editor toolbar. This allows for more advanced uses such as embedding media into books, pages, and other areas of your course.

  • The Kaltura Filter automatically turns links to our videos into embedded players. The filter is enabled by default, but you may want to confirm that it is enabled in your course by following the steps outlined below.

My Media


The My Media page available in UR Courses can be accessed from within the Navigation menu, beneath the Dashboard link.

Navigate to My Media

Media that has been uploaded to your My Media page will be available elsewhere where video submissions or media selection are required.

The My Media page allows you to preview, edit, and share your media assets with other courses.

Accessing the My Media page will list all media hosted on Kaltura that has been associated with your UR Courses account.

Click Upload

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Uploading Media


Upload media to Kaltura by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Navigate to My Media using the link in the Navigation menu.

    Navigate to My Media

  2. On the My Media main page, click Add New and select Media Upload.

    Click Upload

  3. On the Media Upload page, click Choose a file or Browse, and select the file you wish to upload.

    Click Upload

  4. Review or update the Name that has been generated based on your uploaded filename. Add tags, and a description if desired.

    Complete all of the required metadata fields within the shared repository so that the entry is available for publishing.

    Once ready, click the Save button at the bottom of the form to complete the process.

    Click Upload

  5. On the My Media page, new entries will show that they are converting. This is the process where alternate versions are created for slower bandwidth and smaller devices. This process varies in length depending on the size and quality of the original file.

    Click Upload

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Collaboration


There may be times when you want to share media with colleagues or transfer ownership to someone else. To access the Collaboration options, follow the steps as outlined below.

Adjust Collaboration settings for media

  1. When viewing a media resource within My Media, click on the Pencil icon, or select Edit from the Actions menu.

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  2. On the details page for your media, select the Collaboration tab.

    Menu displaying available tabs with Collaboration highlighted

  3. The Collaboration settings allow you to change the Media Owner of the current media element, as well as add or adjust and Media Collaborators, people who you also want to be able to edit, publish, or view this media.

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  4. When changing the Media Owner, search for the new user by name, and once selected, click Save. The media will now belong to the user assigned, and will no longer appear within your My Media list.

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  5. When adding Media Collaborators, search for them by name and select the desired permissions as appropriate.

    • Co-Editors are able to edit and make clips of this media.
    • Co-Publishers are able to publish and embed this media in courses.
    • Co-Viewers are only able to view this media.

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  6. Once Media Collaborators have been associated with the media, you can edit and remove these permissions as appropriate.

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Kaltura Video Resource


The Kaltura Video Resource embeds media on it's own page within your course, so that the media is only loaded when a student attempts to view it specifically.

Additional benefits of using a resource are that it can be hidden, conditionally released, and it avoids having media embedded on the main course page (which can reduce performance or cause problems on some devices).

To add a Kaltura Video Resource to your course, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. With editing turned on, click Add an activity or resource

    Navigate to My Media

  2. On the Resources tab, select the Kaltura Video Resource icon.

    Navigate to My Media

  3. On the new Kaltura Video Resource page, scroll down to the video area and select Add media

    Navigate to My Media

  4. A pop-up window will appear that allows you to select from media within your My Media library. You can also upload or record new media by selecting from the options within the Add New menu.

    Once you have found your media resource, click the associated Embed button.

    If you wish to customize the embedded player, first click the Cog button that appears before the associated embed button.

    My Media Library

  5. Adjust any other settings as required, and finally select either Save and return to course, which will take you back to the course main page, or Save and display, which will take you to the newly created Kaltura Video Resource page.

    Navigate to My Media

  6. The Kaltura Video Resource will appear like other activities and resources in your course on the course homepage.

    Navigate to My Media

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Kaltura Media Assignment


The Kaltura Media Assignment activity creates an assignment that allows students to upload recorded media. It is possible to allow resubmissions if desired. When grading, thumbnails of the video submission are presented in a table. Clicking on the thumbnail will start playback of the submission. Aside from that, grading the assignment should be similar to other assignment activities found within UR Courses.

To add a Kaltura Media Assignment activity to your course, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. With editing turned on, click Add an activity or resource

    Navigate to My Media

  2. On the Activities tab, select the Kaltura Media Assignment icon.

    Navigate to My Media

  3. On the new Kaltura Media Assignment activity page, fill out the following options as appropriate:

    Navigate to My Media

  4. Once students have made their submissions, click Grade submissions.

    Navigate to My Media

  5. To quickly begin playback of a student submission, click on the submission thumbnail. The media will load in an overlay for your review.

    Navigate to My Media

  6. To enter a grade and/or leave feedback for a student submission, click on Grade.

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  7. Select a grade for the submission, leave Feedback if desired, and finally select Save changes.

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Course Media Gallery


The course Media Gallery can be a place for students and instructors to share media.

Media that has been shared with the course media gallery can be viewed by everyone enrolled in the course.

To view the course media gallery, locate the media gallery link within the navigation menu.

To publish media within your course, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Navigate to the Media Gallery for your course and click Add media.

  2. This will open a listing of the media available in your My Media area.

    To add an existing recording that you have not yet uploaded, click Add new and select Media Upload. If you have not yet made a recording, you can do so with the Express Capture option.

  3. Once your media has been uploaded, select the checkbox beside each item you wish to include in the gallery and choose Publish.

  4. The selected media will now be viewable by everyone enrolled in the course.

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Course Playlists


You can create course playlists within the course Media Gallery, that can then also be embedded elsewhere within the content of the course.

To create a playlist within your course media gallery, follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Navigate to the Media Gallery for your course and click Create channel playlist.

  2. This will prompt you to give the new playlist a title, description, and associate tags.

  3. You will arrive at the media selection screen. Select media to be in the playlist on the left by clicking the + icon.

  4. The selected media will now be associated with this playlist. Select Go to Media Gallery to update any further details.

    Returning to the media gallery will now list the newly created playlist.

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Embedding media


There may be times when you want to embed media within Books, Pages, or elsewhere within the course. Follow the steps as outlined below.

Insert media with the toolbar

  1. When editing content where you would like to embed the media file, click the Insert Video button on the editor toolbar.

    Insert Moodle Media

  2. A pop-up window will appear that allows you to select from media within your My Media library. You can also upload or record new media by selecting from the options within the Add New menu.

    Once you have selected your media resource, click Embed.

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  3. A link to the media will now have been inserted into the content area. Save your changes.

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  4. When viewed as content, the link should become automatically replaced by an embedded player, as illustrated below.

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  5. If an embedded player does not appear, you will need to ensure that the Kaltura filter has been enabled within the activity, or course, by following the steps below.

If the link is not turned into a player once saved, ensure that the Kaltura filter has been enabled for the course or activity that you are working with. This is key to turning the link into an embedded player within UR Courses.

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Embedding course playlists


There may be times when you want to embed course playlists within Books, Pages, or elsewhere within the course. Follow the steps as outlined below.

Insert media with the toolbar

  1. When editing content where you would like to embed the course playlist, click the Insert Video button on the editor toolbar.

    Insert Moodle Media

  2. A pop-up window will appear that allows you to select from media within your My Media library. You can change to the Media Gallery Playlists tab to select an existing playlist.

    Once you have selected the desired playlist, click Embed.

    Find or upload a sound, video or applet...

  3. A link to the course playlist will now have been inserted into the content area. Save your changes.

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  4. When viewed as content, the link should become automatically replaced by an embedded playlist player, as illustrated below.

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  5. If an embedded player does not appear, you will need to ensure that the Kaltura filter has been enabled within the activity, or course, by following the steps below.

If the link is not turned into a player once saved, ensure that the Kaltura filter has been enabled for the course or activity that you are working with. This is key to turning the link into an embedded player within UR Courses.

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Enabling the Filter


  1. The Filters setting for the course or activity is available under the Cog menu.

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  2. Ensure that Kaltura Media filter is set to the Default (On) or On.

    Confirm Filter

Links to Kaltura hosted media should now appear as embedded videos within the course or activity.

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About Kaltura


Kaltura is the primary video streaming service used at the University of Regina. The servers and data are hosted by the vendor (Kaltura) in the Amazon Canadian cloud.

The Kaltura platform enables video streaming, management, publishing, and syndication, as well as providing a robust framework for managing rich-media applications, and developing a variety of online workflows for video.

For additional information about Kaltura and MediaSpace, please refer to the Kaltura MediaSpace documentation provided by Information Services.

Flexible Learning and Information Services continue to work together to support the integration of Kaltura with UR Courses in order to enhance our media delivery and archiving practices.

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