What is it?
Microsoft Teams is a hub for collaborative working, whether it be sharing and editing documents, holding online meetings or taking part in group chats. Teams integrates with many of the other Office 365 applications such as OneNote, Forms and SharePoint.
How might I use it?
As Teams is a chat-centred workspace, it can be used to bring people, conversations, files, and tools into one place so everyone has instant access to everything they need. This could be for a research project, to plan teaching units or to share updates within a department.
Within Teams you can schedule small group or team meetings, store files within the Team and access your work on any device using the Microsoft Teams app. External guests can be invited to a Team which enables collaboration from outside of the University.
It is possible to create Class Teams with students where staff maintain ownership. As Teams integrates with other Office 365 applications such as Class Notebook and Forms, it has the ability to enhance teaching and learning and becoming a space for collaboration between staff and students. Conduct quick polls, send out journal articles for students to read and collaborate on, or hold meetings with participants from around the world. It is possible to use Teams in teaching rooms from the AV machine on campus or mirrored from a mobile device, opening up a blended approach to learning.
How do students use it effectively?
Students can be members of Class Teams or create their own Teams to work on projects and assign tasks (for example, using the Planner app). They can take advantage of in-built Class Notebooks to take and share notes and work collaboratively. Students can hold virtual meetings with their peers so do not need to be in the same physical location to communicate.
What are the pros & cons?
- Enables collaboration by using conversations, channels, file storage and sharing within the Team.
- Hold online meetings which reduces the need for participants to all be in the same place at the same time.
- Use the Microsoft Teams app to access your work on any device.
- The ability to add external users to a Team from outside of the University.
- Teams integrates with other Office 365 apps (such as OneNote and Forms).
- Teams can be used with external people (with limited features).
- Teams is not currently linked to our LMS, therefore staff and students need to be added manually which can be time-consuming for large cohorts.
- Teams does not offer a robust system for anonymous marking, archiving or originality checking. Therefore we don't recommend Teams to be used for written summative assessment.
- If using with students, staff need to set out clear expectations and guidelines around behaviours and contact with staff (commonly known as 'netiquette').
- As with all social platforms, there is a risk of inappropriate use.
- An internet connection is needed to use Teams.
University of New South Wales using Microsoft Teams
University of Central Lancashire using Microsoft Teams
Further training and guidance
Complete an online course on Microsoft Teacher Academy (log in with your University of Bath username and password to track your progress). Introduction to Microsoft Teams – the digital hub for educators and students.
Complete an online course on Microsoft Teacher Academy (log in with your University of Bath username and password to track your progress). Staff Teams for effective leadership and saving time.