Media Streaming

Category: Learning Tools
Audience: Faculty, Staff


Streaming is the process of delivering large media files online without waiting for the entire file to download before viewing. While applications or packages typically require that they be downloaded in their entirety before using them, streaming allows you to see the first minute of video while the next minute downloads, hence streaming the media file.


ACCC offers three options for streaming video as shown in the table below. 

Streaming Service Description
This tool is recommended for faculty and instructors that want to “flip” the classroom, or that are creating content for blended or online courses; and for students that need to create video assignments to share with classmates and instructors. 
YouTube is an app from the G Suite that allows you to share videos via a direct link or embedding the videos in your Blackboard course site. To use this service, you’ll need to login into your G Suite account using your UIC NetId and password and create a new channel.

Be sure to check the Terms of Service and learn about copyright basics and how to control what others see across Google services before using this service.
Learn more about using UIC’s YouTube service to stream your videos.


This tool is recommended for faculty that want to stream videos to their students from Blackboard Learn in a secure, password protected environment.

ShareStream allows posting of video and audio to a Blackboard Learn course site using the Pick-n-Play tool. With ShareStream, instructors can easily upload video, create clips, or submit content to students. All content is held behind Blackboard’s authenticated sessions. Learn how to upload videos to ShareStream in this quick guide.

Media@UIC (Ensemble Video)

This tool is recommended for departments that want to stream videos to their constituents.

Media@UIC is a Media Management System designed to make storing, sharing and presenting your media quicker, easier and better. Media@UIC allows you to share your videos, photos and audio and you have the ability to embed video and media content directly into your Web page using CSS and embed code for immediate use during presentations.



YouTube and ShareStream are free services available to faculty, staff, and students that use streaming media for teaching and learning purposes.

Media@UIC service is available for departmental use only. There is a charge related to this service based on the amount of disk space your videos require. Costs are calculated by 10GB increments.

  • First 10 GB - $10 per month
  • Each additional 10 GB - $5 per month


YouTube and ShareStream

Phone 312-413-0003 Option 1




Further Information 

ACCC Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Service Request Fulfillment Time

Under 2 business days, unless in-person training/discussion is required, or escalation to the vendor is required.

Incident Resolution Time

Under 2 business days unless escalation to the vendor is required.

Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) ShareStream: Approved ACCC maintenance window(s):
Service Notification Channel(s)

ShareStream: Learning Management System login page.
ACCC News and Alerts:
Direct email to clients.

Reviewed to Ensure SLA Meets Business Requirements

Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review.

Date Reviewed

Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review.