Northern Illinois University's MediaSpace is a robust media portal that offers access to all Kaltura media creation and hosting features, tools for organizing and publishing media, and a front end for sharing featured media published by Colleges, Departments, and other campus units. The creation, hosting, and editing functionality of Kaltura is the same whether accessed via MediaSpace or Blackboard. However, MediaSpace offers some additional functionality for organizing, sharing, and publishing media outside of Blackboard.
Unlisted media links are links to media that are not published to any public channel on MediaSpace, but will allow anyone with the link to play the media. This is useful when you want to share media by sending a link or embedding the link in a document or website.
Media embed code will allow media to be embedded in web-based content so that it plays back in that page, rather than linking the user to the Mediaspace media page for that media.
Users can create playlists to organize and share a list of media content from their My Media library. Playlists can be published by sharing a link, embedding an embed code, or by publishing to a channel.
Channels are useful for creating and managing a collection of related media. Examples include personal portfolios, collaborative media projects. Channels have several privacy options and collaborative capabilities. Channel managers can create playlists, moderate content submission, and allow comments and subscriptions.
Channels and their permissions can be complex, use caution when configuring options to prevent unauthorized publication of media to your channel. The basic steps for creating and publishing to a channel are provided here, see the video "How to Create a Channel and set its Privacy Settings" for more details.
The public video portal functionality of MediaSpace is essentially a collection of moderated channels. Each public channel (e.g. College of Business - Department of Marketing) has a manager and one or more moderators who determine what media can be published to that channel. These channels are useful for sharing information with faculty, staff, students, and the University community, as well as alumni, potential students, and others.
The Division of Enrollment Management, Marketing, and Communications manages access to these publicly displayed channels. If your department or unit would like a public channel that displays in the navigation of NIU's Mediaspace for the purposes of publicly sharing media content, contact the web team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Depending on your channel membership or channel permissions, you may be able to publish to a channel that is displayed on MediaSpace.