Knowledgebase: Managing video categories

To import videos you'll need some categories to put them in. In this tutorial we look at how to make and manage the categories that will house your videos.

TuitionKit offers thousands of quality videos - but it doesn't end there. You can even import your own videos and playlists from YouTube!

This means you can study whatever you want, using YouTube videos in concert with the cool features of our virtual learning environment.

In this tutorial we'll look at how to create and manage your categories, as you'll need at least one category created before you can import videos.

See also: Importing videos and playlists

Accessing My Videos

To access the My Videos tool, hit the "My Videos" link at the top of each page (provided you're logged in.) That'll take you to the My Videos page, towards the top of which are three buttons.

These allow you to:

  • import new videos and playlists
  • create and manage your categories (see separate
  • and choose your playlist sync settings

(You can also access these tools from the My Videos section of your Dashboard.)

Introducing Categories

Rather than videos imported from YouTube going into one big, disorganised bucket, you can create and manage your own categories - rather like how our own videos are sorted into categories within Science, Maths etc.

You get to create categories up to two-deep, meaning you can have a master category, e.g. "Art", and one or more sub-categories within it, e.g. "Renaissance Masters", "Cubism" etc.

Let's look at how to create a category.

Creating a category

From the My Videos page, accessible via the My Videos link at the top of each page, click "Manage categories". This will take you to a page that, for now, is largely empty, but which will eventually contain a tree structure showing the categories you've created.

Let's create a root category. To do this, click the "Create new" link. This will bring up a dialog box asking you to give the category a name.

You'll notice there's another field, asking whether the category should be shared. This is for teachers only, for sharing imported videos with their students. Note that sharing is set at a root category level only, and is inherited by any sub-categories within it.

Once you're ready, hit the "Create" button and the tree will reload, showing your new category.

We recommend using sub-categories as well as root categories, to keep things tidy. To make a sub-category of the category you just made, click the "+" icon next to the left of the category's name; this will expand it, and you'll see there's a "Create new" link within it.

That's it - you're now ready to import videos!

Reorganising existing categories

Categories aren't set in place once you've made them; it may occur later that you want to move them around. This is easily done.

Each category in the tree has a green "move" icon to the right of its name. Click this, and you'll be invited to nominate a new parent category for it. Click the category you want it to live under, and it - along with any videos and sub-categories - will be moved under that new parent.

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