What is Microsoft Teams? Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration tool which is part of the Microsoft Office365 suite of software applications. In one team workspace, the tool allows for real time collaborative work through chat, as well as file sharing. Other Teams features include calling, asynchronous chat and threaded conversations, meetings, and synchronous video conferencing for up to 250 attendees in a private Teams meeting.
Who might consider using Teams? Microsoft Teams might be ideal for instructors and students interested in having one workspace that allows sharing work, editing content collaboratively, storing and sharing files, instant chatting, setting up meetings, and video conferencing!
Why use Teams? There are several reasons why you could choose to use Microsoft Teams. It is a useful tool for organizing content in a collaborative and engaging workspace for either a few individuals or large groups. Teams can be used across multiple devices. It is a free mobile application which students can communicate with regardless of location, without giving out personal contact details. Teams is a great alternative to other synchronous video conferencing tools which might not be available in some countries.
How to use Teams? For teaching and learning with Teams, instructors can request a class team in D2L, set up a Team for a class and then create channels within the team. Channels can be around groups or specific topics. The online tutorial on how to use Microsoft Teams for remote and online learning is a great resource for learning more about Teams.
Where to access Teams? With an MSU net ID, Teams can be accessed by going to spartan365.msu.edu and logging in with your MSU credentials. To learn more about all the features and functions of the tool, the Microsoft Team homepage is a great resource.
Stories/Feedback? We would love to hear from you about your experiences with Microsoft Teams. How are you using Teams in your class? What are your students’ perceptions of Teams and experiences so far? If you would like to share some of your Teams stories (frustrations, joys, surprises) or need more information about Teams, contact the MSU IT Service Desk at email@example.com.