Kaltura Live Room for Teaching
For more information, check the Leiden University Library's manual and trouble-shooting page on Kaltura Live Room. You can check the current operation status of Kaltura Live Room at https://kalturavirtualstatus.k... You can find a direct link to the LU Kaltura Video Portal here.
Kaltura Live Room is an online tool that allows you to give interactive lectures and seminars. It is an environment where you can show and lecture your powerpoint, show a video, have a quiz or have students discuss in groups.
The use of the tool is not suitable for:
- Non-interactive lectures; to avoid connection problems it is better to record your lecture (rather use Kaltura Capture).
- Groups of over 200 people. Please contact the Remote Teaching helpdesk for information on setting up Kaltura for larger groups. Contact the video coördinator of your faculty for information on using Kaltura for bigger groups.
Setting up a Live Room with more than 25 participants
With more than 25 participants, we recommend appointing a moderator who will monitor the students' questions and pass them onto you as a presenter. You can also ask a student to be the moderator and the spokesperson of the group.
Setting up a Live Room with less than 25 participants
With less than 25 participants, you may be able to monitor the chat and answer all questions yourself.
Advice on conducting an interactive lecture
Manage expectations: for example, indicate that you are going to explain a topic first and that there will be time for questions afterwards. In the meantime, students can ask questions in the chat or raise their hands.
Using web cameras and recording lectures
Using a web camera for classes should only be done if it is of added value to the class or a necessary component of the class. If it is not necessary then all students should have their cameras off.
If you wish to record your lecture there are a number of steps that should be taken in order to ensure that it is done in a privacy-conscious way. Consult these Privacy Guidelines on Recording for information on how to record your lectures in a GDPR compliant way, how to ask permission from students and more.
What do I need in order to work with Kaltura Live Room?
- A stable internet connection
- A laptop or desktop, preferably with a camera
- Microphone, from the laptop itself or via a headset
- Access to Chrome or Firefox as a browser
Attention! It demands a lot of memory capacity from your computer to host a Live Room. Therefore, remember the following:
- Regularly restart your computer or laptop to free up temporary memory.
- Close other browsers and applications when you have a Live Room open
- Don't leave Live Rooms open for hours; this also costs capacity.
How do I create a Kaltura Live Room?
For the latest information about setting up a Kaltura Live Room, adding participants, technical questions and information about functionalities, you can consult the up-to-date Kaltura Live Room manuals on the Leiden University Video Services blog
Going live: moderating a course
Going live for the first time can be exciting: you do not see your students, you are not used to the tools yet, and if you are out of luck you might suffer from technical failures. Help yourself by being well prepared and practice with the tool beforehand. Our suggestion is to check out all the support pages on the topic of ‘moderate your session’. Open a Live Room yourself after and practice the different steps and actions, preferably with one or a few colleagues.
A successful interactive lecture
Practice makes perfect: each new session will be better than the previous one. Nevertheless, with the following tips you can already have a good first session:
- Make a lesson plan with sufficient interactivity. Do not speak for longer than 7 minutes.
- Make sure you have practiced with colleagues or students, so that you have mastered the operation of the buttons.
- Make a playlist with your powerpoint, your quiz and possible videos.
- Start the session with expectation management: when can students ask questions? Is there a moderator? What if a webcam or microphone doesn't work? How long will the session last? What behaviour is expected and not expected?
- Talk to the students if something doesn't work out, then they know what they are waiting for and they can help if necessary.
- If you need to record: read the privacy guideline on recording with web cameras to ensure you do so in a privacy conscious way (see below). This document contains information you need to share with students beforehand.
- Put on the first slide that the lesson will or will not be recorded and how students can test their webcam and microphone and which browsers are supported.
When recording, add the following text to the beginning slide: This class will be recorded in order to [insert purpose]. If you do not wish to have your video filmed, please do not turn on your camera during the class. This recording will be made available through the Video Portal. The recording will be available until insert date when you will delete the video]. These recordings can be used for further education if necessary.
- Use the Live Sessions checklist from the preparation checklist article.
- Use the template for slides that you can download here.
- Make sure to keep the accessibility of your lectures in mind. For tips, you can visit the Accessible education for all page.
What to do when Kaltura Live Room or the video portal does not work?
- If Video.leidenuniv.nl does not work, try the LMS (Brightspace or Blackboard), if those do not work, use teams.
- If the Live Rooms on LMS do not work, try the videoplatform at video.leidenuniv.nl, if that do not work, use teams.