Stream is Microsoft's video hosting platform that allows users to easily create, share, and interact with video content. 


This article documents how to create a Stream channel to allow students to share video assignments in your course. For information on using Stream to deliver your own videos, check out the Stream: Sharing Faculty Videos in Stream article.

Step 1: Access Stream

Stream is part of the Office 365 suite available to all KU faculty, staff, and students. To access Stream, navigate to and login with your KU email address and password. 


Note: You will initially enter your email address on Microsoft's login screen. Once you've entered your full email address (including, you may be redirected to the KU login screen to complete login.


Select Stream from the list of available apps. If Stream does not appear in the main list click "All apps" to view the full list.



Step 2: Create a Group for Your Course

Before students can upload and share videos, you’ll need to create a Stream “Group” for each course.


  1. In the Stream navigation menu, click “+ Create” and choose “Group.”



  1. Provide a unique name for your group. We recommend using the full course code for the group so you can quickly identify the group. Please note that “Group Email” email alias will auto-populate with the group name. You do not need to change the email alias.

  2. You can then provide an optional description for the group if you wish.


  1. IMPORTANT! Please be sure you are creating a Private group. Private groups are only visible to the owner (group creator) and its members.


  1. Be sure to enable the “Allow all members to contribute” setting.



  1. Now you need to add your students to the group. This is a manual process, but only needs to be completed once per semester. We recommend adding students by email address.


Recommendation to quickly add students: Open your D2L Classlist in a separate browser window. Copy the email address for each student (one at a time). Paste the email address into the Stream search field, then select the student’s name and email from the list of suggested people.



After adding an individual, they will be listed under Members. Continue this process until all students have been added. Click “Create” to create the group. You will be taken to the group page.


Students will receive an email indicating that they have been added to a Stream group. You can advise students to disregard this email and follow the Uploading Video Assignments to Stream article instructions instead.

Step 3: Create Channels to Organize for Your Videos

Similar to YouTube channels, channels are a great way to organize your videos by topics, modules, or assignments.


  1. On the group page, navigate to the “Channels” tab and click “+ New Channel.”



  1. Provide a name for your channel that helps to identify the subject of the videos. You can also add an optional description.


  1. IMPORTANT! Be sure you are creating a Group channel so the it is only visible to the groups you assign. A companywide channel is visible to all KU users and is NOT recommended.



Step 4: Share the Channel with Students

Next you will need to share the channel with your students.


  1. Click the “more actions” menu and choose “Share.”



  1. Copy the “direct link to the channel.” We recommend adding this link to your D2L course so students can easily access it throughout the assignment.



Once the channel has been created and shared, students can start uploading their videos. Please refer your students to the Uploading Video Assignments to Stream article for instructions on uploading their videos to the Stream channel you created for the assignment.


If you also require students post the link to their video in D2L (Assignments, Discussions, etc.), please instruct them to do so.