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 Microsoft 365 applications such as OneNote, Forms and SharePoint.
How might I use it?
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 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 Microsoft 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 on both desktop and mobile devices in the office or at home, or from teaching rooms from the AV machine on campus, 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. Within Teams students can make use of channels for communication, Planner for allocating tasks, and a file section for collaborating on documents.
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 chat, 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 (some features may be limited for external users).
- Teams integrates with other Microsoft 365 apps (such as OneNote and Forms and Planner).
- Students can collaborate on projects and record meetings/presentations.
- Teams is not currently linked to our LMS (Learning Management System), therefore staff and students need to either manually add students or use this spreadsheet upload option.
- Teams does not offer a robust system for anonymous marking, archiving or originality checking. Therefore we don't recommend Teams to be used for 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.
- Currently, we do not recommend using Microsoft Teams for LOIL sessions with students where recording is taking place. More information is available here.
University of New South Wales using Microsoft Teams
University of Central Lancashire using Microsoft Teams
- Learning Resources
- Engaging Learners
- Learning Environments
University of Bath - Learning Pathways help page
Microsoft Teams meetings for teaching FAQs
Microsoft Teams quick start guide
Microsoft Teams quick start PDF
Microsoft Accessibility features
UK Professional Skills Framework
For advice on using Microsoft Teams to enhance learning, teaching and assessment contact the TEL team: firstname.lastname@example.org
For technical queries about Microsoft Office 365 contact DD&T
University of Bath CLT Lightning Talks: online teaching success stories with Microsoft Teams
A quick introduction to Teams for teachers - Dr Robert O'Toole NTF
Advice on using Microsoft Teams - Dr Robert O'Toole NTF
Using Teams to Deliver Teaching and Learning: An Academic's Perspective at Staffordshire University
Using Teams in Teaching at the University of East London
Recordings of nine presentations from Keele Digital Festival 2019 about the use of Microsoft Teams in Higher Education
Increased Engagement and Collaboration using Microsoft Teams in an Accounting Module at Teeside University
Exam pass rate increased from 65% to 85% during Microsoft Teams pilot at University of New South Wales
Using Microsoft Teams to analyse text in a collaborative environment at York St John University.
Increasing student engagement with Microsoft Teams.
Read more case studies about using Microsoft Teams in Higher Education.
Martin, L., Tapp, D., 2019. Teaching with Teams: An introduction to teaching an undergraduate law module using Microsoft Teams. Innovative Practice in Higher Education 3.
Mazzola, C., 2019. Microsoft Teams as Digital Community of Practice in Higher Education? PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning
Dale Munday and Dr Emma Thirkell, Lancaster University. HE…Just turn it off and on again! blog post.
Read an overview of accessiblility features in Microsoft Teams.
Further training and guidance
Register for Microsoft Teams webinars.
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.