LnuPlay video portal
play.lnu.se is the portal for all of LnuPlay and the place where all our media is gathered for use in our Mymoodle courses and on internal/external web pages/social media.
What is a portal?
A portal is a place where content is gathered in a structured way and a starting point for resources. In the case of play.lnu.se (the portal for our media system LnuPlay) it is where all our public media resources that has been uploaded to LnuPlay are shown.
You may think of play.lnu.se as our own "YouTube", a place where people can find videos and sound recordings. Some are open to the public and can be viewed directly in the portal. Others are locked inside a "members only" channel that you need to be logged in to see. Finally there is your own, private, space where you can find all your videos, audio and image files that you have uploaded. They are only available to you, until you choose to share them with others openly or in a channel.
One portal, many uses
Everything you upload to LnuPlay (via the portal itself, CaptureSpace or Mymoodle) ends up in our portal, hidden within your account. Per default all that you upload is set to "Private" meaning that you, and you alone can reach your content when you are logged in. But you can choose to share it in different ways which you can learn more about on a different page.
What is stored and listed under "My media" when you are logged in, are the resources you have created/uploaded and the resources other have allowed you to use. These resources can be used on several instances. If you are a teacher the most obvious way would be to use them in your course room in Mymoodle for your students to view. You can choose to upload videos directly in Mymoodle too, but they all end up in your repository at play.lnu.se. When you choose to add a movie from your list inside Mymoodle you will actually peek in to your repository at the portal and pick a video from that list. It is the same thing.
You can also choose to share your videos in other ways. As a public resource, searchable and listed in a category in our portal or as an embedded video on your blog page or why not as a post on FaceBook?
Categories and channels
A category is a way of collecting the media resources in logical topics/subjects. When you choose to publish something publicly you will get prompted to pick a category or two where your contribution belongs. This way you may publish your lecture inside its subject where it belongs, for instance inside "Computer Science" that belongs to the parent category "Technology".
The categories and channels are shown as menu items on top of the portal:
If you click on a category it expands to sub categories for you to navigate to the correct subject.
Channels are a bit different. Channels are manually managed and you can create as many channels as you like yourself. You can choose for a channel to be public or not, require invitations or not and you can invite co-workers to participate as contributors to the channel. In that way you can have a channel for your work group, your institution or your faculty where you store common resources.
But you can also let it be open to the public and have them subscribe to your channel so they always get wind of new and exciting content.
Analytics and statistics
Inside the portal you also get analytics about how your media files are doing. We have a great analytic tool that enables you see all the statistics about a specific media file once you are logged in. How long people watch it, drop off rate, number of views, average viewing time, where in the world they watch and more.