To get an account set up, email ideateam@ssw. Once you are notified of your account activiation, you can log in to MyMediaSite here:
MyMediaSite Portal Basics
Download the Desktop Recorder
Want to record slides or your Desktop? Download the Desktop Recorder here:
Once you’ve installed it, you will need to go back to that page and click the green “Register” button on the right to finalize and register the app.
How to use the Desktop Recorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B18MIDMGPBg
As of January, 2020, UMB is now using an LTI to connect to Mediasite from Blackboard and no longer using the Building Block. The LTI gives more flexibility and better features than the Building Block, which was giving issues. The My Mediasite link is under Tools, which can be added to your course navigation menu. See using MediaSite with Blackboard.
You can embed My Mediasite content into Blackboard:
1. Login to My Mediasite and create a Channel
2. Add/Create viewable content to/in this Channel
3. Enter a course in Blackboard and enter the content area where you would like to add My Mediasite content. Go to Build Content > Mediasite – Link to Presentation(s). Select Channel and type in the Presentation name and click on Search Presentations:
4. The list of presentations (containing the search term) that the user has access to should display. Select the desired presentation and click on submit.
These steps will embed the My Mediasite presentation.
From CITS MyMediaSite Support (email@example.com):
The embedded link created from the above steps will sometimes work correctly and sometimes not. This is due to the username being incorrectly passed to Mediasite which will display a message stating that you are not authorized to access the content. We strongly suggest getting the URL from My Mediasite and using that as an external link in Blackboard until we move to the Cloud (see directions under "Creating a Channel" below). The new LTI works with the cloud solution and will give us more flexibility and control on what data is passed to Mediasite.
Creating a Channel (and URL)
An easy way to provide access to a bunch of videos to one class is to create a channel for that class, so that you can give 1 link to students to see all videos. Here's how you can do this:
1. From MyMediaSite Home, click on Channels in the left column and then "Add Channel" on the upper right.
2. Name your channel, perhaps with something like your course number (ie. SOWK700). And check off the channel functionality. (If you want to allow downloads or annotations, this is the place):
(Note that the "Friendly Name" is what is going to be in the URL to your channel. For example, this below will be linked at: https://mediasite.umaryland.edu/Mediasite/Channel/sowk400)
If you want to provide anonymous access so that students (or anyone else) can reach the channel/videos via just a link, you'll need to next visit the Security tab and add "Anonymous" as a viewerIf you want to provide access via a link, so that students (or anyone) only need the link to access the channel/videos, next go to the Security tab, where you will add "Anonymous" with viewing rights:
How to Upload and Manage an Already Existing Video
This video demonstrates how to upload a video you already own and prepare it for sharing in your classes. Note that it skips the first minute, as that part is irrelevant:
Adding Quiz Questions or Polls to a Video
While you can record a screencast with MyMediaSite, you can also do so with some other tool, such as Voicethread or Loom and upload the resulting MP4 video to MyMediaSite. Why would you do that? Unlike YouTube and these other sites, MyMediaSite allows you to create quiz questions and interactive polls on top of the video and even track participation. Here's a little demo: https://mediasite.umaryland.edu/Mediasite/Play/afe3f0e1600e42cf91022d1bc259eb261d (you will need a UMB login to access. If you don't have that, email ideateam@ssw)
Downloading Video Elements
After editing, you may want to download some of your materials. The first step is to use the "Edit Details" and click the Delivery tab to see a series of check boxes for options of ways to deliver the content:
For now, the main option you should check is the "Publish To Go" option, which will enable a "Download to Computer" link in the far lower right when viewing your content item. When clicked, this will download a package (ZIP file) to your computer.
When opened, it will contain a number of files from your recording that may include MP4 video files, jpg image files, etc. Note that all the elements are separate - the camera recording, the screen recording, etc. We are still working on enabling a method to export the whole presentation together as one, such as an MP4 of the whole thing that can be uploaded to YouTube or distributed to students on its own.