Video uploading tools allow students and faculty to learn together.

Is well-organized and managed video access the key to successful blended learning in higher education? Officials at one university think so.

To achieve the accessibility and expanded storage space that it wanted, the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) employed Kaltura’s open-source online video platform to supplement its preexisting Blackboard platform.

NUI Galway’s Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) decided to invest in additional video technology because its staff believes that videos offer unique learning features for professors and students.

In a recent Kaltura summit on video use in education, Sharon Flynn, assistant director of CELT, said that when searching for information on the internet, her young son skipped the Google search box and opted to explore YouTube.

“I think this illustrates nicely how learning is changing for many people, and while I don’t subscribe to the whole idea of digital natives, at the same time I think that video has a lot to offer in terms of teaching and learning,” said Flynn. “The right video can really illustrate a point to a student and get a message across and can make a real difference.”

Understanding the value of video messages, NUI Galway set up its own YouTube channel that targets prospective students. Hoping to expand its video practice, CELT encouraged faculty members to explore how to make their own videos.