A common question I have is, how do you make a Microsoft Stream video publicly accessible by people outside of your school? You’ve built up a video library of brilliantly executed lessons, training sessions, and CPD and you naturally want to share your talent with other schools and teachers. So how do you do it?
Well, at the time of writing, you can’t. Externally sharing Microsoft Stream video has been on Microsoft’s roadmap for almost two years, but the feature keeps getting pushed further and further back. Current a date of Q4 2020 is set, but there’s every chance this could get pushed back again.
From the Microsoft Roadmap:
Allow individual videos in Microsoft Stream to be marked for external public access allowing people to view the videos without a login. Stream admins will be able to control if this feature is enabled and who within the organization can make videos publicly available.
Currently, the best solution to share Stream videos outside of your school is to use the Download option in Stream and then upload the video to YouTube. It’s not great, but it’s a solid workaround. Before you use this process, however, make sure to check that there’s no confidential or student data being shared.
This is a less than ideal solution, and something that Microsoft needs to resolve quickly. External sharing of videos should be a basic function of any video sharing platform, particularly one so important to schools.
I will update as things develop.