Student Perspective: How YuJa’s Accessibility Tools Helped a University of Alberta Student in Their Final Semester

Odayh Jamal recently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, a Top 5 Canadian university located in Edmonton, Alberta. During his last semester, two of his instructors started using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform’s Lecture Capture tools to record and disseminate lectures to students. 

Student Use Case 

“Videos captioned in other platforms were often unreliable and inaccurate. It wouldn’t catch certain words, making it hard to find what you’re looking for later.”

Odayh used the Video Platform for three primary purposes, all of which reflect the university’s goals of providing accessible and inclusive content to learners:

  • Transcripts: YuJa features like transcripts, which provides text of spoken words, made searching simple. “The transcripts made it easy to read everything that was said during class,” Odayh said, adding that transcripts also simplified searching by keywords when reviewing for exams. “The ability to search the text allowed me to find exactly what I was looking for.” 
  • Auto-Captions: An accessibility feature, many students use captions for an added layer of comprehension. Instructors were using another vendor prior to YuJa, but Odayh said the captions weren’t reliable. “Videos captioned in other platforms were often unreliable and inaccurate. It wouldn’t catch certain words, making it hard to find what you’re looking for later,” he relayed.
  • Rewatching Lectures: Before starting an assignment, and particularly before midterms and finals, Odayh said he would rewatch lectures to review any problem concepts and to ensure he was prepared. “(The other software) wasn’t optimized for learning,” Odayh stated. “In my final semester at the University of Alberta, YuJa made it easy to find information in eClass (Moodle Learning Management System).”

Embracing New Technology Improve the Learning Environment

Odayh said instructors embraced the new technology, which provided another avenue to connect during the pandemic. “If institutions want to make a positive switch, using YuJa could help improve the learning environment for students,” he concluded. “It’s definitely easier than other platforms.”

Improve the Learning Experience with Hardware and Software-Based Lecture Capture Technology

“Both software and hardware solutions have numerous advantages, and both help leverage technology to bring interactive educational opportunities to students.”

The YuJa Enterprise Video Platform allows a scalable lecture capture solution with desktop-based software, a hardware capture appliance, in-browser capture tools and mobile capture applications. 

Software Capture and Personal Capture Applications 

Record lectures anywhere and from any device, including mobile devices, with Software Capture

Software capture offers: 

  • Flexible course delivery across locations
  • Access using any device, whether its a browser, phone or tablet
  • The ability to present using slides, audio, video and other peripherals
  • Multi-stream audio and video captures with automatic-captioning
  • Search-inside-video capabilities

Additionally, mobile apps allow students and instructors to record and view content on the go with an HTML5-based media player.

The YuJa Hardware Hub is Another Powerful Lecture Capture Solution

YuJa HardwareSimply placing a YuJa Hardware Hub in classrooms enables lecture capture and live streaming of multi-source content. 

With the Hardware Hub, instructors can: 

  • Automate recording, remotely scheduling, starting and pre-scheduling on their schedule
  • Publish and distribute content automatically
  • Integrate hardware with existing video and audio sources
  • Preview sources connected to the Hardware Hub, which enables real-time source monitoring

Advantages of Hardware and Software-Based Lecture Capture Solutions

YuJa Software CaptureBoth software and hardware solutions have numerous advantages, and both help leverage technology to bring interactive educational opportunities to students. No matter which solution is chosen, videos are processed with AI-based semantic analysis, which enables auto-captioning and video search. 

Which solution is right for an institution depends, but listed below are some considerations for each.

Software-Based Capture is:

  • Cost-effective. It doesn’t require additional equipment outside of a podium computer or instructor’s laptop.
  • Easy to use. This solution may require more instructor involvement than a hardware solution.
  • Intuitive. Software Capture is an ideal option for new users who are looking to test the features of YuJa.

Device-Based Capture (the Hardware Hub) is:

  • Scalable. This solution is ideal for university-sponsored connected classroom integration.
  • Automated. Device-based capture automates the process and reduces instructor involvement in lecture capture. It can be turned on manually or set to activate according to a pre-programmed schedule.
  • Hands-off. This solution allows a more hands-off approach, making it ideal for faculty who prefer not to manage technology.

Case Study: Entire North Dakota University System Relies on YuJa to Deliver Top-Notch Educational Experiences

“One of our institutions, University of North Dakota, started an RFP for a video service, so we decided to join their search along with the other 10 institutions,” explained Randy Wald, Operations Manager, Academic Services and Training. Wald and his team support learning technologies across the system, as well as provide training and best practices.

Based on usability, tools offered, its clean aesthetic and affordability, YuJa came out on top.

Read the full case study here.

YuJa Ranks Alongside Zoom, Gitlab in Top 20 Percent on Forbes’ List of America’s Best Startup Employers

“The 500 companies on our list of America’s Best Startup Employers have had to pivot, attracting and engaging employees through virtual games, classes and support systems in a year unlike any other,” the article said.  


Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to evaluate 2,500 American businesses founded between 2011 and 2018 with at least 50 employees. Each business was started from scratch, not spun out of existing enterprises. Companies were judged based on three criteria: employer reputation, employee satisfaction and growth. 

According to Forbes, as it compiled information on companies, Statista reviewed articles, blogs and social media posts pertaining to each employer searching for specific phrases centered on keywords like culture, diversity and engagement. Statista then assessed employee satisfaction by evaluating online reviews, and measured growth by examining the organizations’ website traffic and head counts over a two-year period.

Top 20 Percent

Coming in at Number 78, YuJa ranks in the top 20 percent of the list. Founded in 2012, YuJa is a leader in enterprise media solutions. Our products harness the power of media to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. Our portfolio includes products for video management, lecture capture, live streaming, social learning, video conferencing, digital asset management, video test proctoring, digital media accessibility, and digital archiving and compliance.

“YuJa is proud to be recognized for the work we do in helping institutions and corporations with their video and content recording, distribution and storage needs,” said Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa. “We have built a group of incredibly intelligent, talented and passionate people to help build and scale this company over the years, and we wouldn’t be successful without our team.”

Case Study: University of Calgary Finds Video and Media Partner with YuJa Video Platform

“Instructors had expressed the need for a video platform for several years, but there wasn’t a campus-wide solution,” explained Isadora Mok-Kulakova, Online Learning Environment Lead at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary.

In response, institutional leaders formed a Video Content Management Advisory Group with representation from Information Technologies, Taylor Institute, Supply Chain Management, Students’ Union and key personnel from various faculties and units. The group sought a solution that would work in both blended and online learning, that integrated well with D2L Brightspace, allowed single sign-on, and that was easy to use both for instructors and students.

Read the full case study here.

Case Study: Implementing a Scalable, Accessible and Affordable Enterprise Video Solution at Aiken Technical College

But like many institutions, college officials found that as it began housing more media combined with the rise in demand for video content, its former vendor quickly became too expensive. ATC officials also were seeking a platform that could expand the college’s accessibility with features like auto-captioning, which automatically generates a word-by-word searchable transcript of media that can quickly and easily be edited with the Video Editor.

“We were already looking for a new video partner, but the pandemic sped up our process exponentially, as we had to shift everything online within a few weeks,” O’Hara-Goergen shared. “It was huge because instructors suddenly had to shift gears.”

Read the full case study here.

Case Study: How UC Riverside Supports Emergency Remote Instruction with YuJa’s Video Platform

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, officials at UC Riverside (UCR) quickly realized they needed a comprehensive video platform to usher in a new era in online learning. “Out of the pandemic, we realized we didn’t have a proper video platform,” explained Israel Fletes, Director of Academic Technology at UC Riverside’s Exploration Center for Innovative Teaching and Engagement (XCITE). “We had various limited tools to support online learning, but no unified campus wide platform.” YuJa was recommended to UCR by a sister University of California campus, UC Santa Cruz, as Fletes and the Continuity of Instruction workgroup explored various platforms.

While the pandemic was the driver in finding a robust video solution, Fletes said they looked beyond the crisis as they evaluated each solution. Learn how YuJa not only met but exceeded the college’s expectations and facilitated the transition to fully remote learning in the midst of the pandemic.

Read the full case study here.

Case Study: How ArtCenter College of Design Scaled the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform to Support Online Learning

When the college began creating ArtCenter Online, an immersive, online learning experience for applied art and design education, department leaders began their search for streaming platforms that could host video for courses as they were developed. Officials looked for platforms with numerous capabilities and features, comparing everything from ease of use to security, closed captioning, video storage and more. YuJa was one of 12 companies demoed.

Learn how YuJa not only checked all the boxes, but provided the college with more than officials could have imagined. “When we demoed YuJa, we saw that it was everything we needed and more,” said Kevin Lipnos, Director of Media Production for ArtCenter Online. “YuJa is the unicorn of video platforms — something like this only comes once in a lifetime.”

Read the full case study here.

Case Study: Bronx Community College – Deploying a Video Platform to Meet Current and Future Instructional Needs

Bronx Community College is a forward thinking college, but when it came to technology to record and host videos, its former in-house server and labor intensive programs were no longer meeting the college’s needs. In fact, the legacy program the college used didn’t have a user interface where faculty or students could log in. It was inefficient and cumbersome for all parties, which is why the college knew it needed to invest in a more robust solution that could not only act as a video repository, but that could streamline processes and workflows for students and staff.

Albert Robinson, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Bronx Community College, said he knew the perfect solution existed, and further, he knew there were other colleges in the CUNY system that had gone through the process and were pleased with their results. “I reached out to my colleagues in the CUNY community and was connected to YuJa through a Lehman College contact,” Robinson recalled. “An account executive at YuJa actually gave us a demonstration, and right away we could see the ease of use.”

Several years into using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, the college still uses it as its main video repository. Additionally, all training, events, and guest speakers are recorded and posted to the Video Platform.

Read the full case study here.

Case Study: Clarkson College – Deploying a Lecture Capture Solution at a Private Health Sciences College

Clarkson College building with purple overlay

In seeking a Video Platform, Clarkson College officials looked for a versatile product that could provide additional storage space for files and videos, the ability to record and auto caption videos, editing capabilities and a host of other benefits to better meet the needs of instructors and students.

YuJa equipped Clarkson College with Canvas-integrated video management, a campus-wide lecture capture platform and captioning capabilities, along with on-the-fly recording capabilities and a built-in video editor that does not require the use of additional applications.

Read the full case study here.

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