For Instructors - Getting Started with Teams
- 1 Welcome to Teams!
- 2 FAQs and steps
- 2.1 Access Teams
- 2.2 Create a Teams space for my class
- 2.3 Schedule a class meeting in a Teams space (and invite the class)
- 2.4 What computer hardware do I need to teach with Teams?
- 2.5 How can I (and my students) join our class meeting in Teams?
- 2.6 Connect Teams with Sakai
- 2.7 What if I only plan to teach with Teams for a short while?
- 2.8 Where can I find more help?
Welcome to Teams!
Teams is a useful option for delivering synchronous (live) lectures or facilitating course discussion and is available to all members of the Brock community. This guide will offer a focus on information that's most helpful to a Brock University instructor.
FAQs and steps
Teams is available to all members of the Brock community via https://teams.microsoft.com/.
Log in with Brock email
Enter your Brock email into the Microsoft login space:
Log in with Brock credentials
Enter your full Brock email and password to complete login. Note that you may not be required to take this step if you've logged into Brock services recently.
(Optionally) install the desktop app
The Teams desktop application for Windows and Apple devices is not required but will provide a more stable experience for instructors as they facilitate courses. Applications for either operating system can be downloaded from https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/microsoft-teams/download-app.
Create a Teams space for my class
Microsoft Teams sites for courses will automatically remain synchronized with your course's enrollment. Teams sites of this type can be requested by course instructors as listed by the Registrar (or Instructor of Record) using the steps at Create a Team or the button below:
Note that sometimes up to one business day is needed for a new Teams space to be constructed.
Though Brock community members are able to create Teams sites for projects and collaboration without course enrollment, these steps are recommended for instructors that wish to teach with Teams.
Schedule a class meeting in a Teams space (and invite the class)
Once you've created a Teams space for your course, it will be possible to quickly invite your students to single or recurring class meetings using features within Teams.
Information about steps to doing so are available within the Invite students to a Teams class meeting page.
What computer hardware do I need to teach with Teams?
The following hardware items are required for teaching with Teams:
- an internet-connected computer (laptop or desktop)
- a microphone. Note that most laptop computers possess built-in microphones that are quite suitable to teaching with Teams.
The following hardware items are recommended for teaching with Teams:
- a camera. Note that most laptop computers possess built-in cameras that are quite suitable to teaching with Teams.
- a headset or headphones. These will prevent sound feedback if more than one individual in the class meeting is speaking and will generally provide more audible sound to an instructor while facilitating the meeting.
When opened, Teams should automatically detect hardware within your computer. If it fails to do so, restarting Teams or unplugging / re-plugging peripherals (if possible) can often solve the trouble.
How can I (and my students) join our class meeting in Teams?
If you've created a Teams space for your course and scheduled a class meeting, you and your students will possess an option to join when the class meeting occurs.
The page Join a Teams class meeting provides several options for joining a scheduled class meeting.
Connect Teams with Sakai
The page Add a link to Teams in Sakai will provide steps for adding a link to Teams in Sakai using the Web Content tool.
What if I only plan to teach with Teams for a short while?
Some ideas about other features and their associated tools are presented in other sections of this Getting Started page.
Where can I find more help?
- Brocks Information Technology Services has provided a Teams training hub. ITS can also be contacted for direct support.
- Instructors, other teaching staff, or staff members in the Brock community are welcome to contact the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation for guidance on teaching with Teams. For speediest responses, we encourage usage of the email@example.com contact.
- A great deal of help information is also available within this space. To begin from the home page, visit https://docu.brocku.ca/.