Understanding Channel Types in MediaSpace

Environment

MiVideo MediaSpace

Referred to as “mini-portals”, channels are personally managed, user generated media collections in MiVideo. They can be configured in a variety of ways from fully open collaborative collections to private collections locked down to specific groups. Viewers can subscribe to channels to be notified when new content is added. See related Channel articles for more information.

Issue

What are the different channel types within the MediaSpace service?

Resolution

MediaSpace provides five types of channels:

  • Public: Anyone, including anonymous visitors, can view content, but only specific users can add content. If you need a publicly accessible channel (no login), please contact the ITS Service Center for assistance.
  • Open: All authenticated users with at least a private-only role can view and add content (not typically enabled in KMS)
  • Restricted: Authenticated users (limits access to anyone with a UM weblogin) can view content, but only specific users can add content
    • Create a restricted channel, add the media to it, then share the media or channel links with your audience. The channel is also discoverable on the Channels page for logged in users. Even though access is restricted by login, you should treat this a publicly viewable since anyone with a login can see the content. NEVER publish student assignment video content in a restricted channel without the owner’s express permission (e.g. as a showcase example).
    • Note: Some MediaSpaces restrict access to members of specific MCommunity groups. Therefore, restricted access channels in these MediaSpaces will only be accessible to those MCommunity group members.
  • Private: Limits access to only specific users to view and add content
    • Private channels require you to manage users individually. In order to add users they must have already logged in to the mivideo.it.umich.edu site at least once. Depending on the size of your group, managing access with an MCommunity group may be more efficient. For help with private channels, including dealing with missing user accounts and MCommunity groups, please contact the ITS Service Center for assistance. 
  • Shared Repository: Only specific users (members) can access a shared repository. Members can publish content from this channel to any other channel according to their entitlements, but only specific users can add content

The ability to create channels is based on a combination of MediaSpace configuration settings and the user’s MediaSpace role. Not all channel types may be available in your MediaSpace.

Related Articles

See related Channel articles for more information about configuring these collections.

Additional Information

Details

Article ID: 4771
Created
Thu 4/1/21 3:01 PM
Modified
Mon 1/17/22 2:57 PM