Academic Video

UM-Dearborn offers both MiVideo (Kaltura) and Mediasite platforms for hosting academic video content to be made available through Canvas.  Course videos should be uploaded and hosted through one of these platforms, not uploaded directly to Canvas files, as the Canvas course files area is 2GB per course and often will not properly play back video files on all devices.  Both MiVideo and Mediasite allow for increased storage, offer options for accessibility, and provide a better video playback experience for students on any device they may be using to access their course material.

Captioning Video Content

For a better student experience and compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), videos included in online/remote courses should be captioned (though it is only a requirement, at this point, in courses with an identified student in need of the accommodation).

Machine-generated captioning is available at no additional charge through the supported video systems listed below.  Machine-generated captions will need to be edited ( to 99%+ accuracy for ADA compliance.  Editing of captions is generally the responsibility of the owner/uploader of the video, though some units or departments may have students or other staff available to assist.

Human-generated captions are available with an additional cost through the supported video systems listed below. Human-generated captions will generally meet ADA compliance requirements, but should still be quickly reviewed for accuracy (especially if any names are used in the video).  Please confirm that your department will pay for the cost of human generated captions before proceeding.  If your department will cover the cost, please get the shortcode to be charged and then contact your unit’s Canvas Support Personnel to place a caption order.

Recording Class Activities

U-M values student privacy and must comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Please review the U-M  Rules of the Road for Recording Class Activities before making any recorded content available to students.  

Commercial and/or Copyrighted Video Content

Please see UM-Dearborn's Campus Policy for Commercial Videos for information about using commercial and/or copyrighted video content in courses.

Commercial video content may be provided through a 3rd party service, Swank.  This service is managed and supported by the Mardigian Library.  Faculty interested in using copyrighted videos in UM-Dearborn courses can contact Mardigian Library staff to inquire about getting specific content through Swank.

Help and Support

Please see the following pages for service-specific video help and support information: