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Choosing the Right Video Platform for Education & E-Learning

By Zohaib Khan
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Online learning is quickly taking over the traditional classroom environment. Even before the pandemic, virtual e-learning was rapidly on the rise and the market is expected to reach a whopping $336.98 billion by 2026. Learning institutions like schools and universities now commonly use online video education platforms to host live online classes and lectures, share learning videos and manage their digital learning assets for a seamless online experience. And though there are many video platforms for education, they are not all the same and the differences between them can be substantial.

To make the right choice, organizations need to know what each platform has to offer. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some popular video platforms for education and what sets them apart.

 

What should I look for in an online video education platform?

A good video platform should be simple, provide the necessary features and functionalities for video learning, ensure the security and privacy of your learning videos and content, be flexible for integrations and deployment and provide quick and reliable support in case of an issue or emergency.

 

Simplicity

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The right platform should be easy to deploy, simple to use and quickly adaptable. The institution should be able to manage the platform and make sure they facilitate both the learners and the educators.

Educational institutes like schools and universities constantly have new enrollments, meaning they regularly have new users. If the platform is too complex, new students will face difficulties trying to learn and use it. Teachers and educators should also be able to easily navigate from one group of students to another and share content with the students.

 

Functions & Features

Not all video platforms are designed or optimal for video learning & training. It’s important for the platform to be able to provide tools that facilitate the organization and flow of learning content and information in an engaging, virtual learning environment.

A basic video platform for education provides live video streaming for real-time classes and lectures, on-demand video hosting for learning videos, courses or playlists for organizing content, in-video quizzing for assessing students, user groups for managing and segregating different batches and analytics for monitoring engagement with learning content.

 

Privacy & Security

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Your content is valuable. It’s important to ensure only authorized people can access the platform. A reliable video platform should have robust controls for maintaining security on the platform. Additionally, it’s important that only the right and relevant people are able to access content and carry out specific actions. For example, enabling only teachers to initiate live classes and manage learning content, and keeping students from being able to access content for other classes or groups.

Other than basic password protection for accessing the platform, common privacy features include role-based access controls (RBAC), password protection for individual content, domain restrictions and encryption.

 

Integrations and Deployment

Since many educational institutes also leverage other tools such as learning management systems (LMS) and video conferencing systems, it’s important for the platform to be able to integrate with other 3rd party systems and enable interoperability for greater efficiency. Most LMS are not designed to support video content. Similarly, most video conferencing systems are not designed for managing on-demand videos, such as recorded meetings. This makes it necessary to integrate a video platform for supporting the system for its video streaming and management needs.

It’s also important to take into account the flexibility and options for deployment. Some institutions might wish to deploy the platform on their own private cloud or on-premise servers for their own reasons, such as for leveraging their existing cloud services or security reasons. Others may choose to avail a cloud from the platform provider, or even a hybrid deployment. Some customers may even choose to migrate from one form of deployment to another later on. A video platform should be flexible enough to cater to the customer's deployment needs.

 

Support

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When dealing with technology, technical issues can arise occasionally. On such occasions, it’s important to have reliable customer support that can help you resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Support can be provided in many ways, from direct calls and emails to how-to videos and FAQs.

Since a glitch or hiccup can arise unexpectedly, it’s important for support to be available 24/7. A reliable platform won’t leave you in the dark when you need it the most.

 

Which video platform is right one for me?

Now let’s take a look at some popular video platforms for education and see how they fare.

 

1. VIDIZMO

VIDIZMO provides a comprehensive video learning platform for streaming, managing and sharing live and on-demand videos. The platform is equipped with a number of tools to provide a comprehensive e-learning experience where teachers and educators can stream live online classes and lectures for real-time learning and share on-demand learning videos for reviewing or self-paced learning. The platform also provides several supportive features such as user groups and management and native integration with LMS systems.

 

  • Simplicity

The platform offers a simple user interface and provides a fixed navigation menu and search bar at the top of the screen that allows users to easily move across the platform. Students can easily find content by using faceted search. Users on the other end such as teachers and educators use a similar interface with more accessible options and permissions, such as the ability to upload videos from anywhere on the platform, conduct live webinars and manage all videos on the platform. Administrators can easily add users and define the groups that they are part of.

 

  • Functions & Features

You can share on-demand learning videos or stream live webinars for real-time lectures. The platform allows you to create user groups for different classes or subjects, add quizzes, presentations and handouts in videos such as workbooks for students to download and submit later, add annotations for marking important points in the video, arrange learning content into courses and view analytics to see how students engage with the videos. Users can leave comments with clickable timestamps to fast forward to that point in the video.

Students can also interact using live chat and ask questions using Q&A during a live stream, and the stream can be recorded, edited and saved for on-demand viewing.

 

  • Privacy & Security

VIDIZMO provides multiple controls for ensuring security privacy and security. The platform allows single sign-on and password protection for content (including content embedded on other sites and platforms), content encryption at rest and in transit, domain restrictions, and other tools to ensure only authorized users can access each content.

The platform also provides tools such as user groups, customizable role-based access controls and multiple portals to ensure privacy by restricting access and segregating users or content. The platform even enables you to share content for only a limited time or number of views with any internal or external users.

 

  • Integrations and Deployment

The platform can integrate with any LMS for video hosting and leveraging the platform’s features such as a powerful search and configurable video player within the familiar LMS interface. The platform also integrates with video conferencing systems such as Zoom to store and manage recorded meetings.

The platform offers flexible deployment options; you can deploy the platform on a public or private cloud from any provider (e.g., Azure, AWS, Google, etc.) of your choice, in your on-premise datacenters or in a hybrid infrastructure.

 

  • Support

VIDIZMO provides 24/7 support through calls, chat and emails. Additionally, customers can avail help articles, forums, support tickets and a complete video knowledge base. Many customers cite customer support responsiveness and the availability of multiple online support options as a contributing factor in their decision to avail the platform.

 

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2. Kaltura

Kaltura provides a highly complex and customizable video platform for e-learning. The platform was founded initially as a video streaming solution for the media industry, specifically for over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting services. Kaltura now also offers solutions for other markets, such as video platforms for education, by providing a basic platform that needs to be constructed into a solution by coordinating with the customer.

 

  • Simplicity

The platform's fragmented nature means that crafting and deploying the solution requires a lot of time investment with detailed business and technical coordination. Additionally, this creates price uncertainties and difficulties for cost management for Kaltura's pricing. Reportedly, certain inefficiencies in its on-premise can also mean you might need further customizations, configuration and updates with long scheduling times.

 

  • Functions & Features

Kaltura provides solutions by combining and integrating a number of different products to create a consolidated video learning platform for education. You can stream live online classes, host & share learning videos, view analytics and conduct in-video quizzing. You can also create playlists for structured learning.

 

  • Privacy & Security

There are a variety of security features available on Kaltura. The platform allows single sign-on integration, and provides role-based access control, domain restrictions, encryption at rest and more.

 

  • Integrations and Deployment

The platform integrates with LMS for video hosting, and allowing the system to leverage Kaltura’s features within the system. Kaltura also integrates with video conferencing systems for managing recorded meetings on the platform.

Kaltura’s video platform can be deployed in on-premise servers or on the Kaltura cloud. However, the cloud is operated on Kaltura’s own data centers that require a lot of hardware investments and offer limited scalability. A number of the customers have reported dissatisfaction with the platform for its unreliableness on keeping up with changes and developments in the business environment. Customers have also reported major inefficiencies for its on-premise deployment, including drawn-out time periods for deployment ranging from weeks to months, large backlogs for reinstallations, customizations and configurations, and long scheduling times for fixtures and upgrades.

 

  • Support

Kaltura has a reputation for poor customer support and customer reviews frequently express the lack of reliable support being the major reason for dissatisfaction with the platform, followed by technology adaptability and ease-of-use.

There is no live support and complaints about a lack of responsiveness, lengthy response times, and overall fewer support options are common. Moreover, ongoing changes in Kaltura’s technology and their own needs make it necessary for customers to constantly hire expensive and professional Kaltura service agents, which also further adds to Kaltura’s high pricing.

 

3. Panopto

Panopto has a focus on providing a video platform for education and business. The platform provides live and on-demand video streaming, recording, management and sharing. Panopto is reliable for video streaming, but is noted to be a bit difficult to use. Moreover, the platform is heavily AWS-oriented, with limited flexibility for other popular deployment options, such as Microsoft Azure.

 

  • Simplicity

The interface is simple and makes it easy to navigate by providing a fixed menu and search bar. However, the platform is considered a bit tough to use, ironically because the rich number of features makes it difficult to use the platform quickly and efficiently. For example, customers have complained about the recorder providing too many options that confuse delay the students. Others have referred to the platform as not suitable for those who are technically challenged.

 

  • Functions & Features

Panopto allows you to live stream online classes, add quizzes and embed webpages in videos and add annotations. The platform provides you with a rich number of tools, such as the ability to record your screen with the lecture. However, there are many reviews complaining about bugs and glitches with the recording.

 

  • Privacy & Security

The platform provides SSO for authentication, content encryption at rest and in transit, domain restrictions, and other tools to secure the platform.

The platform also provides tools such as role-based access controls and create groups for restricted sharing and privacy. Panopto also leverages AWS on its own provided Panopto Cloud, reputed for security.

 

  • Integrations and Deployment

Similar to VIDIZMO and Kaltura, you can integrate the system with your LMS and leverage the platform’s video streaming and management tools. Similarly, the platform integrates with video conferencing systems to manage recorded meetings.

There aren’t many options or flexibility when it comes to deployment, though. The platform is only deployable on the AWS and Azure Cloud, and is mostly AWS-oriented. If it’s listing on the Azure Marketplace is any hint, the platform does not have much focus on customers leveraging the Azure cloud. Furthermore, unlike most competitors, Panopto’s provided cloud is only hosted on AWS.

 

  • Support

Panopto provides 24/7 customer support and other support options such as documentation, videos and forums for self-help.

 

4. Dacast

Dacast provides end-to-end video streaming and monetization features. The platform supports live and on-demand video streaming and allows video monetization. However, the solution is rather ‘incomplete’ when compared to other video platforms for education, lacking several important features such as quizzes and groups necessary for a remote online learning platform.

 

  • Simplicity

The platform’s homepage provides a simple interface that displays a brandable header, search bar and the videos uploaded on the portal. When you play a video however, the player extends across the screen and there is no way to navigate from the page other than by using the browser. Ironically, limited amount of features and functionality makes it easier to control the setting for the video player.

 

  • Functions & Features

Dacast falls short of meeting the mark when compared to other video platforms for education. The platform provides live video streaming with live chat for live classes, on-demand video hosting, video analytics for viewing engagement and the ability to create playlists. That’s pretty much it.

Quizzing, sharing presentations and documents, notes, comments and other principal features of an online video education platform are missing. User management is entirely non-existent; the platform only differentiates between people using the platform internally or externally. Other than that, there is no way to distinguish or manage users. There is no way to create groups, segregate users or configure access and permissions at a user level.

 

  • Privacy & Security

Dacast provides controls such as domain restrictions and encryption but lacks other common features such as single sign-on and role-based access control.

 

  • Integrations and Deployment

The platform can integrate with an LMS, but the lack of features, it has little to offer for the system other than streaming for videos.

When it comes to deployment, it’s safe to say there is no flexibility whatsoever. You can only deploy the solution on their provided AWS cloud. You have little to no control in their deployment process either.

 

  • Support

The platform provides customer support 24/7 through calls, email, and chat. They also provide video tutorials, help articles and FAQ's.

 

Conclusion

Choosing the right video platform for education can be a difficult decision and requires careful consideration. While there are many e-learning video platforms in the market, it's important to consider how successfully they fulfill your requirements, facilitate the users (e.g., students, teachers, etc.) and the platform's reliability to successfully provide a virtual learning environment.

 

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