University of Virginia Case Study

At a Glance

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Location: 
Charlottesville, VA

About UVA

Ranked No 2 public school by US News and in the Top 25 listing of all US national universities, the University of Virginia comprises eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the college at Wise in southwest Virginia. Around 20,000 students undertake a wide range of bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in over 60 fields. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University prides itself on sustaining the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation. 

How is UVA using video?

Video is a core communication tool for UVA, used in almost every aspect of life both on and off campus. Hundreds of classes and lectures are made available via the web to assist teaching and facilitate distance learning. UVA has integrated video into a wide range of their systems as well, using Kaltura’s seamless integration with the Sakai Learning Management System, as well as WordPress and Drupal Content Management Systems. Increasingly across all departments, video is deployed to undertake engaging assignments, encouraging greater collaboration between students. The medium is now a key element of the admissions process and additionally, students are keen to share their social and club activities with others via video.

Why Kaltura?

  • Open architecture –ability to participate in tailoring the technology to suit the specific needs of the University, plus seamless integration with Sakai, WordPress and Drupal
  • Security – ensures the protection of assignments and the ability to restrict viewing
  • A service-oriented approach – meets the growing demands of the students and faculties

 

We wanted something that had an open source aspect to it so that we could get involved with it directly. And we wanted a service oriented approach. Kaltura fit those needs precisely.

David Germano, Director of SHANTI, UVA