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


This article documents the process for sharing videos with students in your courses. For information on using Stream to facilitate student video assignments, check out our Stream: Setting Up Student Video Assignments in Stream.

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 your 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 uploading and sharing your videos, you’ll need to create a Stream “Group” for each of your academic courses in which you will be sharing your videos. Once the group is created, you will be able to quickly add new videos going forward. Follow the steps below to create a group for your 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 for easy identification.


Please note: the “group email alias” portion of the form will auto-populate with the group name. You do not need to change the email alias. 


  1. 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. If you plan to only share videos with students (i.e., students are not submitting their own videos), we recommend leaving the “Allow all members to contribute” setting turned off. Otherwise, you can turn this setting on if you wish to allow students to contribute their own videos. Instructions for student submissions can be found in our Stream: Setting Up Student Video Assignments in Stream.



  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.


To quickly add students, we recommend opening your D2L Classlist in a separate browser window. From there you can 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 the group Members. Continue this process until all students have been added.


  1. Finally, click “Create” to create the group. You will be taken to the group page.

Step 3: Create Channels to Organize for Your Videos

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


  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.

  2. IMPORTANT! Be sure you are creating a Group channel so the channel is only visible to the groups you assign. A “Company wide channel” is visible to all KU users and is NOT recommended.



After creating the channel, you can open it to share the channel and start adding videos.

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 course. The link can also be shared on webpages or via email.


Step 5: Upload Videos to Your Channel

  1. To add videos to your channel, you can drag the video files to the top of the channel or click “select more files to upload.”



  1. While the video is uploading, you can customize the video name and description.



You should not need to change any settings on the “Permissions” tab.


IMPORTANT! Please do NOT check the box to “allow everyone in your company to view this video.


  1. Use the Options menu to toggle comments and captions (recommended).



  1. After adjusting the video settings, click “Publish” to add the video to your channel.



Students will automatically be able to view videos posted to a shared channel (via the channel link). You can also get the direct link to a video by clicking the “Share” button and copying the link.