Microsoft Teams Basic Training

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What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps your team stay organized and have conversations—all in one place. Here's a quick look at the left-hand side of Teams.

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Activity - Your Teams feed. All the actions in each Team and meeting you are a part of is listed here.

Chat - This is the direct message chat area where messages can be sent individually. It also shows the last message sent in meetings and Teams channels.

Teams - Find Teams to belong to or create your own. Note if you want to create a course Team visit these instructions: Create a Team. Each Team comes with an automatic General channel where you can hold on-the-spot meetings, schedule meetings, have conversations, and share files.

Calendar - See everything you’ve got lined up for the day or week. Or, schedule a meeting. This calendar syncs with your Outlook calendar.

Calls - In some cases, if your organization has it set up, you can call anyone from Teams, even if they’re not using Teams.

Files - Teams is linked into your Office 365 so this space will show all of your most recently accessed documents in Office 365 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

Creating a course Team (Create a Team) will include your course roster but you can add additional members such as TAs as well. Add a member to a Team.

Note that MS Teams is good for video and virtual meeting spaces, but we do not recommend it as a replacement Learning Management System and encourage instructors to continue to use Sakai as the space for course content, assignment submission and grades. We have administrative access to Sakai in ways we do not in MS Teams and Teams is not yet fully developed with post-secondary education in mind.

Microsoft Teams: Meeting, Members and Video

We recommend newcomers to MS Teams review this basic visual guide to the options in MS Teams as it can be used by educators: Teams for Education Quick Guide

The following links are to some introductory video tutorials and documentation for MS Teams: Brock Tutorial videos for Teams ITS Teams Support documentation

Using the web to access Teams? We recommend using Google Chrome as a web browser to do so, some functionality can be limited in Safari and Firefox.

Note that being logged into your Brock account will make a difference in what is available to you in Teams (if you have downloaded the desktop app, once set up, it will automatically log in to your Brock account). Logging into Teams via your Brock account will allow you to access a more robust set of features. The easiest way to do so through the web is to go to your Brock email (Outlook) and select the nine dots in the upper left hand corner, that will bring you to a suite of MS apps, of which Teams is one.

Select the nine dots in the upper left corner to reveal the most popular apps used in the Microsoft office suite.
This is the list of Apps in Microsoft Office. Select Teams.

More questions about Teams?

This page is adapted from the Microsoft Office Support Site