Introduction to Microsoft Stream

What is Microsoft Stream?

Stream is a video streaming platform from Microsoft. It is available to all staff and students at the University through your Office365 account. Open MS Stream.

You can use this to upload, store, play and share videos you have created (in the same way you can to YouTube).

You can upload most video file formats. (Video file formats accepted by Stream).

Advantages of using Stream over Blackboard for video content

  • Unlike Blackboard, Stream is a dedicated video streaming service with features for managing and playing videos (like YouTube).
  • It is easier for students to play videos in Stream.
    • Large video files in Blackboard can take a long time to load for students.
    • Some file types – including PowerPoint presentations – can’t be viewed inside Blackboard and have to be downloaded. Downloading large files can take a long time and may even time-out in some situations or might use up a student’s monthly download data allowance.
  • Uploading large video files to Blackboard (or PowerPoint with embedded audio/video) uses up the University’s limited storage allowance, and can cause performance issues; Stream has a generous storage allowance.
  • Stream can automatically generate a transcript / captions of your video for accessibility.

Controlling access to your videos

When uploading to Stream, you can control access to your video using the following permission settings:

  • Only visible to you.
  • To specific people you name.
  • To a Group – this equates with the members of a specific Microsoft Team.
  • To a Channel – a collection of videos which you can share with one or more Groups.
  • To everyone – staff and students within the University.

Videos should normally be shared only with Groups or Channels or individuals – not made visible to the entire organisation.

To view screenshots of these settings go to Setting Permissions.

Sharing videos with your students

It will be possible to share your video content with your students via the Blackboard Course. DTS will create Stream groups from RISIS/Module enrolments for you to add to each relevant video.

This will create a course Playlist in Stream. There will be an automatically created link in the course menu to take students to the playlist, as well as embed it in the Blackboard course.

To follow the steps to do this and for further information go to Add Permissions for a Blackboard Module

It might be preferable to use the video in a specific area of the course, and around other learning activities, you can get a link or an embed code, and paste this into your Blackboard course. The link/embed code will only allow permitted viewers to access the video, and so you will need to us e the Allow ‘Group’, using the module group created by DTS.

If you wish to use this, go to Embed A Video in Blackboard

Uploading Video Content

The most common ways you will upload content is from a narrated Power Point, a Teams Meeting recording and from video content you have created yourself. Go to Upload Video Content to view the steps for each method.