We continue to make good progress on a number of fronts regarding the Kaltura implementation project. The following provides an overview of recent developments.

  • The vendor (Kaltura) created the necessary environments that are used for integrating the media management platform with Learn@UW/D2L in late December.
  • Documentation providing the instructions for integrating the aforementioned systems was developed and shared with the campus Kaltura Administrators (KAs) on 12/30/13. The designated contacts are strongly encouraged to work with their local D2L Site Administrator to configure their campus Learn@UW/D2L test instance to become familiar with the deployment process.
  • The vendor is actively developing the scripts needed to perform the initial batch migration of the content hosted in the UWS pilot instance. Quality assurance testing is scheduled to occur later this week and the batch migration process is expected to begin shortly thereafter. The final phase of the migration plan will involve migrating the content that will be uploaded during the Winter interim session.

The following dates pertain to the continuity of service during the Winter interim session. The goal is to limit the impact of the transition on the existing user community.

Monday, December 30, 2013 – Friday, January 17, 2014
Existing users of the UWS pilot Kaltura instance will continue to have access to their content and the ability to upload new assets.

Friday, January 17, 2014 (end of work day)
Access for adding new content to the UWS pilot instance will be suspended at the end of the day on Friday, January 17, 2014. Those needing this function may have the ability to access the campus Kaltura instance, which is dependent upon the local deployment plan.

Friday, May 30, 2014 (end of work day)
The ability to view content hosted on the UWS pilot instance will conclude and users will have been fully transitioned to the specific campus production Kaltura instance. References to media content hosted on the former will need to be modified due to the transition and users will be able to take full advantage of the new features with the integration.

We will continue to provide updates as important developments occur. It is our intent to begin conversations about deploying other aspects of the Kaltura system, specifically the campus MediaSpace™ video portal (see vendor product description) and integrations with other LMSes, in early spring.

The New Year will bring exciting new opportunities with respect to the use of a common media management platform throughout the UW teaching and learning community. We always welcome feedback and suggestions.

Kind regards,
Peter Mann