Web conferencing procurement now available

Partners in the NREN award the first of two collaborative procurements to streamline web conferencing for Canadian education and research institutions.

Cybera, working with its National Research & Education Network (NREN) partners, is pleased to announce the first of two awards for a national web conferencing solution. The first agreement is awarded to Kaltura’s virtual classroom solution, which offers a fully integrated video platform to enhance the teaching and learning experience and enrich student engagement both on campus and remotely at Canadian education and research institutions.

With the increased use of online learning in the country, partners in Canada’s NREN identified a collective need for a robust, low-cost, video tool tailored to the unique online teaching and learning needs of their member institutions.

“Our successful completion of a national procurement agreement for web conferencing is another milestone for the NREN,” says Barb Carra, President & CEO of Cybera. “We are proud to be leading the way with a collaborative agreement that enables online learning experiences for students, faculty and staff at Canadian institutions.”

Cooperative Agreement

The search for a web conference solution involved a collaboration of provincial, territorial and federal partners of the NREN. The national cooperation brought together NREN partners from across the country to share their requirements for a web conferencing solution that aggregates licensing for the Canadian education and research sector.

The proposed solution will enable partners of the NREN and their regional education and research member institutions to purchase licenses from the national contract.

About Kaltura Virtual Classroom

The Kaltura virtual classroom platform offers an easy-to-use experience built for online instruction, standalone or integrated with learning management systems (LMS). The virtual classroom platform helps make the learning experience interactive and engaging while providing a controlled environment.

It also includes features that reach beyond the in-class experience. Instructors can access the classroom prior to the lesson to prepare the material. This material, as well as the session recording, is available after class, for reference for instructors and participants alike.

About the NREN

The National Research and Education Network (NREN) is an essential collective of infrastructure, tools and people that bolsters Canadian leadership in research, education, and innovation. CANARIE and its twelve provincial and territorial partners form Canada’s NREN.

We connect Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to data, technology, and colleagues around the world.

Register for a Kaltura Webinar

We will be offering two webinars (in English and French) to anyone interested in learning more about the Kaltura platform on April 28, 2021 (English), and April 29, 2021 (French). Visit this site to register for a Kaltura webinar.

How to join
This offering is available to Cybera ShareIT members. For information on how to become a ShareIT member, please contact shareit@cybera.ca.