Sharing videos you create for teaching and learning may not be something you think about that often, if at all. The videos we create for our subjects are often full of contextual or even sensitive information. This can include assessment instructions and coordination, the logistics of group work, and recent news and events related to your topic area.
Could sharing these unedited videos be useful to another subject? Probably not. But even if you’re creating short videos for particular core concepts, you might hesitate to share this with others in your faculty, let alone the whole university. This hesitancy is understandable. Will I still have control? Am I giving away my work for free? Is it going to affect my rapport with my students? Will this impact the academic integrity of my subject?
This is where the Shared Repository comes into the picture.
How does your video get into the Shared Repository?
The Shared Repository is a bank of videos in Kaltura that you can access from your Canvas subject. Media in the Shared Repository is visible to everyone with a UTS login so take care when publishing your videos to that space.
Before we look at reasons to share, we need to think about reasons not to share. In fact, you need to make sure you’re not already sharing unintentionally.
There are some common misconceptions about what sharing to the Shared Repository means. When we talk about sharing in this case, we mean sharing within the UTS technology ecosystem. This ensures you can maintain some control over what you want to share and how it is shared. To find out more, read about how to use Kaltura’s shared repository to share and showcase.
Why to share videos more widely
We aren’t talking about sharing every video you upload. Sharing can start out small, perhaps just sharing videos within your teaching team or course network. The following are some reasons you might consider sharing your videos:
- Easier for your peers to interact with your work
- Easier for you to get access to videos – for example, videos made within your teaching team or managed by casual tutors
- You’ll know how to explain the process of sharing – this is relevant if you’re going to ask students to share work among their peers
- You can get ‘exposure’ as a teacher – your peers can view and share your practice to see the good work you’re doing
- There is a greater opportunity to get feedback from peers – you can invite feedback and work collaboratively
- Shared work can be used as examples for the UTS Learning and Teaching awards
- It allows more people to see work you’re proud of creating
- It can become part of your teaching progression (evidence of good teaching and collaborative practice that you can report on)
Cultivating a culture of sharing
- You would benefit from people sharing their content (perhaps when you take over a course), so you can do it to ‘pay it forward’
- Engaging in a reciprocal culture provides different viewpoints for your students and more transdisciplinary opportunities
- Engaging in a reciprocal culture provides other viewpoints and teaching practices that you could learn from
- It fosters greater connection to peers through sharing of work and practices
Ways to share with Kaltura
There are number of methods you can use to share videos. Which one you choose depends on who you want to share with.
Note that if you just want to make your video available to students in your subjects, you don’t need to publish the video. Keep the Publishing status ‘Private’ and then you can simply embed the video onto a Canvas page.
Find out everything you need to know about sharing: visit the Sharing Educational Videos LX collection.