Diversity- Technology

Technologically advanced support

IU Bloomington will ensure that our teachers have access to technology to support our global strategy.

This aligns with IU Bloomington Bicentennial Objective Five.

Globally connected

Goal: IU Bloomington will ensure that our teachers have access to technology to support our global strategy.

Update: IU has developed a campus technology strategy to link our classrooms to the world.

All general inventory classrooms have the audio/video capabilities to support conferencing and recording applications. This allows anyone in the world with an internet connection to have a video call with our classrooms. Of the general inventory classrooms, 13 have “enhanced videoconferencing” to support highly interactive discussions from a distance.


The Kaltura video management platform was launched in 2015 and went into full-scale production in 2016. It is often used to extend learning beyond the physical classroom. Kaltura’s Classroom Capture is used hundreds of times a day to record lectures, student presentations, and collaboration sessions to improve student engagement on and off campus. In addition, students and faculty are easily able to create and share videos using Kaltura that are seamlessly integrated with Canvas. Since Kaltura launched in 2016, users have added nearly 300,000 videos, with 106 Terabytes added in 2018 alone. Viewers of Kaltura Classroom tune in from 199 different countries, and all videos are automatically captioned with advanced speech-to-text technology with human edited captions.

Facilities database

OVPR is partnering with UITS and campus facility managers to produce and maintain a robust equipment and lab facilities database, with a website scheduled to launch in May 2019.

Faculty Media Production Space

The Faculty Media Production Space in Wells Library, which opened in 2015, provides faculty with a professional, broadcast-quality studio. Videos created in this space are used to support traditional classes as well as those that are “flipped,” hybrid, or completely online.


IU Bloomington launched Zoom in 2016 (to replace Adobe Connect), an easy web conferencing solution that connects faculty and students around the world. Students and faculty can connect to Zoom from classrooms and from their own mobile devices. There are now thousands of participants every day using Zoom at IU to meet for class sessions, collaboration meetings, and more. In January alone, Zoom was used to connect to 89 different countries.

Library initiatives

A group of library directors are working to adapt the Wells Library collection into a digital format. Thus far, 3,090 AV materials and over 9,000 films have been digitized. Over 10,000 additional AV materials will be collected or digitization. Media collections are working to obtain the proper permissions to make these materials readily available. 

Through the syllabus review for instructors, IU Libraries are working to see how much money they can save students through the utilization of the libraries' inventories. Currently, the initiative has saved students over $80,000 in course materials.

Pressbook eTexts

IU Libraries and UITS are partnering to explore additional cost-saving mesasures through developing an electronic textbook program. eTexts are traditionally less expensive than print books and allow students to download chapters, read online, and search for interactive keywords. The Pressbooks tool enables faculty and students to create and publish text in various formats and insert interactive pieces such as audio and video. IU eTexts are powered by Unizen and can be integrated with Canvas.


Adding 32,376 square feet, the third module of the Auxiliary Library Faculty will be complete in summer 2019. IU Libraries will then safeguard a total of 89,721 square feet of some of the most modern and secure book and material-item repositories in America.

ALF3 will house non-print materials for a variety of units on three distinct floors, each with different temperature and humidity controls to provide the optimum preservation environment for a category of materials. The Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Kinsey Institute, the Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, the Black Film Center Archives, the Archives of African American Music and Culture, the IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology, the Department of Biology, the Department of Astronomy, and the Archives of Traditional Music will all house materials in ALF3. IU Libraries will oversee and manage the facility and will be responsible for security, access, maintenance, and scheduling.