New Faculty Focus Interview, Exciting Events on Campus, and Kaltura MediaSpace Updates

Good morning, everyone! We hope that your long weekend was enjoyable and that you’re all caught up with your grading 🙂

To start things off today, here’s the November Faculty Focus interview. This month, we talked to Loli Dillon, Faculty in English and one of last year’s Board of Trustees Award nominees. Listen to what she has to say about the pros and cons of building strong communities in the classroom, the novel she wants to write, and her book recommendations.

Here are several upcoming events on campus that might be of interest to faculty:

Monday, November 18: Panel on Course Placement, 3-4 pm, S2325. During this panel presentation, you will have an opportunity to ask questions and hear more about the following:

  • the placement process from students themselves
  • the upcoming changes to this process
  • the options we have regarding these changes
  • decisions that we will need to make

We hope to see you all there!

Monday, November 18: Opioid Crisis in Minnesota?, 11 am – 1 pm, Garden Room. Healing the community starts with you. Come, listen, and connect with our expert panelists. Learn how to help those struggling within our community. Ask questions directly to the speakers over lunch.

Monday, November 25: Anti-Racist and Inclusive Pedagogy for Philosophy. Stay tuned for more information about this workshop hosted by the Philosophy department.

Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13: Masterclass and Concert featuring Dr. William Muñoz on trumpet. Using CTL funding the Music Department will be bringing Dr. William Muñoz to campus for several collaborative events with Normandale faculty and students. Stay tuned for details about these exciting events!

And remember–if your department wants to host a workshop, bring a speaker to campus, or attend a discipline-related event or conference, CTL can help! The application form can be found on the CTL D2L page, and you can email Jen Miller ( with any questions.

Last but not least, some important changes have been made to Kaltura MediaSpace:

  • Update 1: New Provider of Machine Captioning Services
    Although you can still order “machine” captions, under the Actions button, the ordering process looks just a bit different. There is still no cost to order these machine captions, but rather than using cielo24, Kaltura now uses captions generated via automated speech recognition (ASR) provided by a company called Verbit.

You should find that these automated captions are a bit more accurate than what was previously provided, but no machine generated captioned will be compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) without editing to be at least 99% accurate. No worries, any captions that you requested with the previous service will still be associated with your video. Finally, when you have a caption associated with your video, an interactive transcript widget will be available to guide viewers through your captions. Visit this video overview.

  • Update 2: Inserting Videos to D2L Brightspace Is Now Updated
    Wherever you find the HTML editor of D2L Brightspace, you’ll see an updated way to insert your Kaltura videos. This new option gives you the option to select a video player size that matches your needs. Visit this introductory video provided by Kaltura. Also new to D2L Brightspace is the ability for faculty using Kaltura’s Video Quiz tool to send student scores to the gradebook. Review what to expect from Kaltura or visit their introductory video about video quizzes in D2L Brightspace.
  • Update 3: Turn on Accessibility Mode (High Contrast)
    The Kaltura video player already supports screen readers and can already be navigated through keyboard shortcuts. Although the default text in MediaSpace meets WCAG-specified contract rations, you can now turn on Kaltura’s Accessibility Mode to provide a high contrast experience in MediaSpace.
  • Update 4: Video Hotspots
    You can now use Kaltura’s Hotspots to add a button at a specific time in your video where your viewers are invited to open a link to a website you specify.
  • Update 5: New Question Type for Kaltura Video Quiz
    We’ve enabled a new Video Quiz option for “open question types.” Additionally, faculty members will now have the option to turn on retake capabilities.

Interested in learning more?
Minnesota State staff will be hosting an open, information session on Friday, November 15 at 12:00pm to showcase these changes and to answer any related question you may have. Register to attend this open session via the Network for Educational Development, Events Calendar and you’ll receive an email reminder.

Have a great (short) week, everyone!

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