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Creating a Channel in MediaSpace

Here's what you need to know about creating and configuring a channel in MediaSpace.

Creating a channel is relatively easy, although there are some decisions you'll need to make along the way.

  1. Log into MediaSpace by going to, clicking on "Guest" at the top right, and selecting "log in." Enter your Active Directory credentials.
  2. Click your name at the top right of the screen and select "My Channels."
  3. Click "Create Channel."
  4. Set your desired settings for the channel.
Table 1. Descriptions of all channel settings.
Setting Description
Name The title of your channel.
Description Though this field isn't required, the channel's description is a valuable opportunity to provide context on the content that users will find in the channel or provide instructions/suggestions for contributors.
Tags Think of tags as keywords that facilitate getting to your channel. Adding tags to a channel allows you and others to more easily search and find it. Admittedly, the utility of using tags increases with the number of channels on our site.
Privacy Open channels are visible to anyone who is able to log into MediaSpace (UCSD community members), and any authenticated user is able to add media to it.
Restricted channels are visible to everyone who can log into MediaSpace, but only members that you identify can add content to it.
Private channels are only visible to the members you add, and only members that you specifically identify can contribute content to it.
Shared repositories are set up so that only members can view content, and selected members can contribute content (if you set their role as such). The distinguishing feature from private channels, however, is that any member of a shared repository is able to re-publish any of its content elsewhere, such as another MediaSpace channel or even a course in Canvas.
Public, restricted channels allow anyone (including users who have not logged into MediaSpace) to view your channel content. Only members that you identify can contribute content.
Public, open channels allow anyone (including users who have not logged into MediaSpace) to view your channel content. Anyone with Active Directory credentials can contribute content.
Moderate Content If you allow other users to contribute content to your channel, you can make it so that you (and other content managers that you designate) have to approve that content before it's added. For channels that allow many users to add content, this can be a useful feature.
Enable Subscriptions to Channel If this box is checked, a button will be visible on your channel enabling users to subscribe to it. If subscribed, they'll be notified when new content is added.
  1. Click "Save."

Your channel has now been created.

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