Shared Folders and Channels have a number of similarities, but each serves distinct purposes.
- Shared Folders - Shared folders have two purposes. The first purpose is for collaboration. Request a shared folder by using the Mediasite Contact Form when you want to work with another instructor, staff member, or TA (who has a name.# and password and is able to login to MyMediasite) to create presentations in a single space. Each person within the Shared Folder can create, upload and edit presentations.
The second purpose is for Hardware Recorder presentations. If you schedule a Hardware Recording, your presentations appears in the Shared Folder category. Unless you specify otherwise when you schedule the recordings, only you will have access to this Shared Folder.
- Channels - Channels are self-created. You can create multiple Channels in your MyMediasite Portal and publish your presentations to the desired Channel. There are a couple ways you can use the Channels. You might use them to organize your presentations, but distribute each one individually. You might also share the Channel URL with others, distributing a group of your presentations at once. By default, all individuals with a name.# and password can see your Channel once they have the URL.
Channels provide a way to distribute a group of presentations for viewing purposes. Channels can be associated with Shared Folders; this allows you to distribute a collection of scheduled Hardware Recorder presentations or presentations on which you have worked with others.
See Working with Channels for more details.