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How do I search for media on MediaSpace?

In a search, the system will look at titles, descriptions, tags, and authors of media items based on your search query. For example, if you’re looking for a media item titled “Producing and Selling Eggs” that was published by John Doe, you can find it by searching for “Producing and Selling Eggs”, “John Doe”, “Eggs”, and many other variants of these examples.

To search:

  • MSU’s entire database of media on MediaSpace - simply click the search button in the top header of the page and input your search query.
  • Within a category - go to your target category, click the magnifying glass at the top of the media list, and use the ‘Search This Category’ box to input your search query.
  • A channel - go to the ‘Channels’ tab and use the ‘Search For Channels’ box at the of the media list to input your search query.
  • Within a channel - go to your target channel, click the magnifying glass at the top of the media list, and use the ‘Search This Channel’ box to input your search query.
  • Your own private media - go to the ‘My Media’ tab and use the ‘Search My Media’ box at the top of the media list to input your search query.
  • Media with a specific tag - click that tag wherever you see it on MediaSpace to be directly linked to other videos that have that tag. In addition, you can search normally for a tag.

See Tagging Tips and Uses for more information on tagging.

How to view media analytics?

  1. From the My Media tab, find and open the media item of your choice.
  2. After the media loads, select the Actions drop down menu.
  3. Choose Analytics.
  4. Use the following information to interpret the analytics. You can use the drop down menu in the top left corner of the page to select the appropriate date range.
    • Player Impressions: The number of times the media item was loaded on a page within a set date range.
    • Plays: The number of times the media item actually began playing within the set date range.
    • Unique Viewers: Number of Unique Users that had an active viewing action during the time period. Note that Player Impressions are not counted as a viewing action.
    • Minutes Viewed: Total number of playback minutes played by the viewers.
    • Avg. Completion Rate: Average percentage of completion, across all plays.
    • Avg. Drop Off: The average duration (expressed as percent) that users have reached within video before leaving.
      • (0+75)/2 plays = 37.5% Avg. Drop Off Rate.
      • 20% is calculated as 0 since the user didn’t reach the 25% milestone and 80% is calculated as 75% as the user passed the 3rd quartile milestone.

How do I turn on/off comments for a media item?

  1. Navigate to the My Media tab. Your media will appear in a list view. To the right of the media item, select Edit.
  2. Click on the Options tab of the edit media page and use the Disable comments for this media checkbox to activate/deactivate comments.

Note: You can check the Close discussion checkbox and leave the disable comments option unchecked to keep old comments visible, while preventing new comments from being posted.

Tagging Tips and Uses

When you search for your media on MediaSpace, the results you get are based on the tags that you input for each of your media items. When you have less media in your account, searching may not be a priority. However, as you add more media to your account, the searching tool will become more useful. Here are some tips for tagging your media on MediaSpace:

  • You can have as many tags as you want, so don't be afraid to go tag crazy.
  • For each media item, you will want to have some general tags, along with some that are very specific so that it is easy to find a particular item later on.
  • If the media item is for a course, make the course code (e.g. 'ISS-200') one of the tags so that you can easily find all the media in your course with a single search.

Creating a Live Event

  1. In the upper right corner of the page, select the +Add New drop-down list, and choose Live Event.
  2. Enter the details for your live event.
  3. When you are finished editing the details, click Create Event. The following message is displayed: "Live Event created successfully."
  4. Set the media’s status:
  5. Click Save and then edit the Live Event by clicking either Edit Event and Broadcasting Options or go to My Media and click Edit on the media entry.
  6. From the edit page, click Start Streaming to begin your broadcast.