Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle and Joomla
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Kaltura has released video extensions for both Moodle, an open source course management system, and Joomla, an open source content management platform. The extensions allow site-builders for either application to manipulate video and other rich media on their sites, including content management, syndication, monetization, transcoding, uploading, importing, and editing.
Using the Kaltura video extension for Moodle, faculty can upload and manage rich-media content, such as full lectures in an online course. Students can post video comments, ask questions, and create a face-to-face discussion recorded directly from their webcam or other sources.
The extension also includes Kaltura's Video-PowerPoint Widget, which presents a video and a slideshow in full synchronization. Presenters can upload their videos and slides and then select the key points to synchronize their presentations. Students can view the presentation, scroll through the slides, and be presented with the relevant video footage for each slide.
The Joomla extension allows site builders to play video from any page in the Web site. They can also import videos, images, and audio files from MySpace, Flickr, and other social networking sites. The user can delete, tag, and moderate content; view statistics and reports; customize player design; and create playlists.
The video extensions are available in two forms: a free, community-supported video platform extension that's self-hosted by the publisher and a video extension based on Kaltura's software-as-a-service platform, which includes support, hosting and streaming, transcoding, syndication, advertising, and security. The extension is available for download on the Kaltura site.
"The demand for and use of learning management systems is on the rise, and open source Moodle is leading the charge" said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura chairman and CEO. "Powered with Kaltura's robust rich-media capabilities, the online learning experience comes to life with videos and photos, creating an environment that resembles that of a physical classroom. Top-notch education can now be delivered to remote doorsteps, everywhere. This is the power of the Web at its best!"
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.