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How do I add a Kaltura Live Room to my course?

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This manual provides you with information on how to create a Kaltura Live Room for your course and how you can make this available for your students.

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Always set a password on your Kaltura Live Room, even if you are not planning on using the invite link. The invite link can be shared outside of your class or be guessed.  By setting a password you can prevent unwanted guests during your Live Room sessions.  Please read this section for instructions how to set a password.

What is Kaltura Live Room?

Kaltura Live Room is an online tool with which you can host interactive tutorials. It is an environment in which you can show your powerpoint and give a lecture, show a video, have a quiz made or have students discuss amongst themselves in groups. If you want to know if this is suitable for your course, take a look at this site to make an informed decision.

Below this text, it is explained how a Kaltura Live Room can be started in the course and how students can get acces to this Live Room. For more information about the possibilities of Kaltura Live Room, see this manual.

Enable Kaltura Live Room in a Brightspace course

ScreenSteps - Google Chrome
  1. Go to Course Tools > Kaltura Media Gallery.
  2. Click on the icon in the upper right corner
ScreenSteps - Google Chrome

Make sure Enable Newrow Live Room is checked and click on save.

Creating a Kaltura Live Room in a Brightspace course

To create a Kaltura Live Room, go to Course Tools > Kaltura Media Gallery within the course and click the Launch Live Room button. A new tab should open in your browser with a Kaltura Live Room.

Creating a Kaltura Live Room through the Videoportal

It is also possible to create a Kaltura Live Room through the Videoportal. Instructions on how to create a Live Room this way can be found in this Teachingsupport manual.

Please keep in mind that by creating and using a Live Room in this way, you will have to take some extra steps to incorporate it in your Brightspace Course offering.

Giving students access to the Kaltura Live Room

Students can join the Kaltura Live Room by going to Course Tools > Kaltura Media Gallery and clicking the Join Live Room button.

Make sure your students know they can access the Live Room through the Media Gallery in an announcement or content post.

If a Kaltura Live Room is created through the Videoportal, you will have to create a direct link to make it accessible for students in Brightspace. Do note that it is advisable to set a password  if you choose to use a direct link, because direct links are useable outside Brightspace!

In the Kaltura Live Room, click on "invite". A new window should open:

The direct link can be copied by clicking the Copy button. 

The direct link is shareable through email invites, but this is optional and not supported. 

If a direct link is used, it is highly recommended to set a password!

With the direct link copied, follow the instructions listed below to create a weblink to your Kaltura Live Room in your Brightspace course.

  • Go back to the course homepage and select the module where the weblink has to be placed.
  • Select Create New within this module.
  • Choose Weblink.
  • In the Link field you paste the link adress you copied earlier.
  • Choose a Display Name (e.g. Live Room) and select Open in a new tab.
  • Click Save.

Do not forget to make the link visible to students after you have checked to see that the link functions correctly and remember to share the password you set on the Live Room through the mail functionality in Brightspace.

The Kaltura Live Room link wil be permanently available to students, but the Live Room wil only be available when there is an instructor present in the Live Room. If students use the link when there is no intructor present, they will see a notification that the Live Room is not available and that they have to wait untill the host (an instructor) starts the session. 

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