The use of video as a learning tool has accelerated rapidly across all aspects of campus life and we at Kaltura are embracing it with the creation of the first of many regional higher education user groups. Last week we helped kick off the first higher education video user group in Boston. The event took place on November 15th at MIT and focused on discussing the use of rich media in academic institutions and promoting knowledge sharing between them.

Teaching is as much a part of the academic institution as learning, so when discussing the format of the meeting all parties involved felt that providing a place to both teach and learn was the keystone of the endeavor. To that end, we attracted a mixed group of attendees that ranged from experienced rich media managers to rookies in rich media management trying to better understand how other institutions leverage video in the academic environment and how end users are consuming video in general.

The event was broken into two parts; the first hour entailed a talk by Kris Brewer at MIT (slides from talk) & Andrew Page at Cornell (slides from talk), followed by an open discussion by attendees about how video is both presented and consumed in education. The overall format was designed to both educate and stimulate discussion in a rich academic environment… and it was a great success! We had a number of people attend in person and many others connected though a live streaming video conference call that captured the discussion and presentations in real time.

You can find more information regarding topics of discussion on the groups wiki @ and sign up for the next event on December 6th @ The event was streamed live and the video can be viewed on demand via MIT TechTV @—11152011.

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Join us for the next event on December 6. RSVP and details on the meetup page –