Open-source online video platform Kaltura has joined the Blackboard Alliance Program and released a new video-management tool for the Blackboard Learn platform called Blackboard Building Block. The new release adds a full layer of rich-media functionality and works in multiple points across the Blackboard Learn platform.
"There is a surge in demand for online video tools and services amongst higher education institutions. Kaltura's open source platform is ideally suited for this market's needs since it provides the necessary openness, flexibility, freedom, control and affordable price points that ensure a high return on investment," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura's chairman and CEO. "With the release of our Blackboard Building Block, we can seamlessly provide all of our functionalities to the great many Blackboard users without requiring any integration effort."
Yekutiel said the result is "valuable and highly disruptive, providing institutions with new rich-media capabilities, and catering "to today's YouTube generation of students."
Kaltura's video Blackboard Building Block includes the full capabilities of the Kaltura Open Source Online Video Platform, allowing students and faculty to upload, edit, record from a webcam, as well as manage, view and interact with rich-media from within the Blackboard environment.
More than 60,000 web publishers use Kaltura's open-source online video platform, many of them educational institutions, to enhance websites, web-services, and web-platforms with customized video, photo and audio functionalities.
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