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UWE expands video tech to 500 courses

Video platform provides ideal support for pedagogical innovation

Posted by Sophie Beyer | January 17, 2017 | Higher education

The University of the West of England (UWE) has expanded its use of video embedding technology to over 500 courses. 

Manuel Frutos-Perez, Director of Learning Enhancement at UWE, says: “We have been thrilled with the growing level of video adoption we’ve seen across the university.  Students and faculties find the Kaltura video tools beneficial, helping them to achieve their goals more quickly, and are really easy to use.”

UWE has over 27,000 current students and over 3,000 staff, and they all have their own media store which they can access via mobile devices and computers.  The University has now embedded online video resources with its learning, teaching, and assessment activities. 

Students and faculties find the Kaltura video tools beneficial, helping them to achieve their goals more quickly, and are really easy to use

The video platform is integrated with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), so Kaltura is available to all of UWE's courses.  The new technology has removed the need for complicated uploads, formatting and transfer of large files.  For the first time students can film on a mobile device and embed it into an assessment, then securely submit the assessment to the lecturer via the VLE. 

More than 30,000 video playbacks since the start of this academic year demonstrates that staff and students are increasingly adopting the technology, with an average of over six minutes of viewing time per playback. This represents a significant increase in the use of the video platform over the whole of last year, when video playbacks totalled 79,000.

The University’s teaching and assessment practices have changed since it introduced Kaltura.  The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences uses the platform to combine theoretical work with the professional development of students’ practical skills. Nursing students record themselves completing a role-play task and submit those videos for assessment together with a critical analysis of their performance and how it relates to theory.

UWE’s Politics and International Relations Department is using video as a professional practice environment and an assessment tool to help students develop conferencing and remote working skills.

Going forward Manuel hopes to continue to increase adoption by staff and students, as he says the technology provides ideal support for pedagogical innovation.

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