Chico State’s video management solution, Kaltura, has new features available!

Some of the new features are:

  • Captioning Support
  • External media management tool: MediaSpace – that can be accessed separately from the LMS.
  • Lecture Recording: CaptureSpace – a way to create online lectures, lab demonstrations, student presentations.

There are a couple ways to get started with these new features.  

  1. Schedule a consultation with one of Instructional Technology Consultants in the Technology and Learning Program  to discuss ideas and use case.
  2. Sign-up for a hands-on workshop. The workshop provides users with an overview of the features available,  along with how to create, manage, and distribute media.

At the end of this workshop users will be able to:

  • Create media & playlist
  • Edit media
  • Distribute media

Length: 1.5 hr

For more information, contact the Technology and Learning Program at 530.898.6167.

Sign-up for a Kaltura Workshop.

TLP Support Page :

Captioning Support Services are now available at Chico State

Captioning Support Services are now available at Chico State.  The captioning support program is part of the Office of Accessible Technology and Services (OATS). This service is free of charge to university faculty and staff.

Kaltura, Chico State’s media server, automatically captions a video’s narration track when the video is uploaded. Instructors are still strongly recommended to review this automatic captioning for accuracy. If the captions are inaccurate and need to be fixed there are two options.

  1. You can edit the captions of the video yourself, or
  2. You can submit a service request for captioning support services.
    Please plan accordingly. It is recommended that request be made 3-4 weeks in advance of the needed due date.

Process for requesting captioning services:

  1. Submit a service request
  2. Bring videos to the Office of Accessible Technology and Services (OATS). Located in SSC (Student Services Center) room 320 or provide appropriate links when submitting service request
  3. Reasons for Potential Delay     
  • Foreign Language
  • Copyright issues
  • DVD’s

If you have any, questions please contact the Office of Accessible Technology and Services at 530-898-4863, or email,

YouTube’s capture from Webcam will no longer be available after January 16, 2016

Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016.  Some users have reported that there are already issues with this tool not working properly in YouTube.  This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature.  While users will be able to launch the Record from Webcam tool, they will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor. 

Users will still be able to choose recorded videos from their YouTube libraries and add them within the Content Editor after launching the Record from Webcam tool.  To do so, they should click on the “Browse” tab.  YouTube videos already embedded into a content item with the tool are unaffected by this change.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected.  Blackboard is investigating additional solutions to address this change. 


There are still a number of ways to upload video to YouTube for use within the Content Editor.  

Windows 8+ Users:

  1. Record video using the Camera Application
  2. Upload to YouTube

Mac OS X Users:

  1. Record video using Photo Booth
  2. Upload to YouTube

iOS and Android Device Users:

  1. Open the YouTube app from your device
  2. Record video
  3. Upload to YouTube

Once uploaded, a video can be selected for embedding into the Blackboard Learn Content Editor with the Record from Webcam tool by clicking the “Browse” tab.

Update to Kaltura

Kaltura is currently Chico State’s streaming media tool that allows users to create, edit, and share videos within Blackboard Learn. Over the summer Kaltura was upgraded, and with that upgrade, a new workflow was introduced. To learn more about that upgrade and the new features, please watch this video.  To learn more about how to work with Kaltura, please visit the Kaltura wiki support page.

For more information, please contact the Technology and Learning Program at x6167 or

Haven’t heard of MERLOT before?

Haven’t heard of MERLOT before? Now is the time to learn about its curated collection of free and open online materials and faculty development services used by international education community.
Dr. Cris Guenter, Chico State Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Education, will lead an exploration of MERLOT’s resources and suggest ways in which faculty can use its huge repository of free and open peer-reviewed materials. Dr. Guenter’s work with online instruction and MERLOT has been recognized at the national and international levels.
The link to the Blackboard Collaborate session is:
Faculty on the SSU campus are also welcome to view the webinar in the Faculty Center located on the first floor of the Schulz Library in Room 1112.
This session will be archived for future use.
For more information please contact Ann Steckel, SSU Director of Educational Design & Curricular Innovation, at 707-664-2240 or .

Engaging Students Through Peer Instruction

Peer Instruction is one method being applied by faculty that are using clickers to engage their students. Peer Instruction was created by Eric Mazur a Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University.
The Peer Instruction technique is designed to help make lectures more interactive and to motivate students to engage with concepts being presented to them.
This method, besides having the advantage of engaging students and making the lecture more interesting to them, is very valuable in giving the instructor significant feedback about the students’ level of comprehension of the materials being presented.

Basic Steps of Peer Instruction:

1. When employing this method, the instructor presents students with a qualitative (usually multiple choice) question that is formulated to engage students’ comprehension of the fundamental concepts being presented in lecture.

2. The students consider the problem on their own and contribute their answers/responses, and are then able to quickly see how their answers/responses compare to the rest of the class’s responses.

3. Students are then encouraged to discuss the issue with their neighbors for two minutes and then re-polled again.

4. Through active discussion, the issues brought up in the question can be resolved with debate and then clarified by the instructor.

Helpful Resources:

TLP’s Clicker Resource Page
Turning Technologies Online Tutorials:
Peer Instruction:
More Publications by Eric Mazur:

TILT-Using Clickers to Teach Mathematics

There is a new tool available to faculty called clickers, which allows instructors to poll students individually. Instructors say clickers are improving the quality of education by measuring how engaged students are in the material they are learning. Learn how three CSU, Chico faculty are exploring and using clickers to assist them in teaching Math.
Presenters: Jan Costenbader, Kathy Gray, and Mark Wilpolt

tilt_clicker_thumbThe archive of this session is available NOW for viewing through Wimba.
It is recommended that you test your computer with the Wimba Wizard before viewing the archive.

TILT – Engaging Students Online: Tips from the Top Hitters in Blackboard Vista & How They Do It

Student engagement how and why? Ever wonder what other professors are doing
to engage students online? Here is an opportunity to learn from faculty that
have some of the highest student activity in their Vista course environment.
Please join us to see how some instructors are using Vista to engage
students with their course curriculum. You will also see examples of
activities instructors are using to increase student participation and how
they implemented effective strategies to meet their learning objectives.

Thursday, March 26
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Tony Waters, Lee Altier, Brian Brazeal, and Cindy Ratekin.

To View Tony Waters presentation please click here

Clicker U.

Here is an article of interest for our clicker user community: “Clicker U.” from Inside Higher Education. It summarizes the Educause conference session where officials from three universities presented the findings of their surveys regarding their own clicker implementations. The original story and user comments can be viewed online at Inside Higher Ed at

You will also find the following related stories at this URL.

* High Tech Anxiety
* Clickers, Pedagogy and Edtechtainment,
* Research Funds for Technophiles,
* Learning to Teach Tech-Savvy Students,
* Fulfilling the Promise of Open Content,