What do we mean?

  • Closed captioning: the display of text or 'subtitles' on a video to improve accessibility for users with hearing impairments.
  • Digital annotation: the process of marking up digital documents with text or other annotations by digital means (e.g. using a stylus)
  • Online whiteboard: an online digital canvas allowing collaboration and saving of the completed canvas.
  • Synchronous meeting: a meeting where participants can communicate live, in real time.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration platform with document sharing, online meetings, and application integration. It can be used for live face-to-face meetings and tutorials. Students can use Microsoft Teams independently to plan presentations and collaborate on group work.

Microsoft Teams for learning and teaching

  • Teams can be used for short, synchronous meetings and teaching sessions (Teams meetings). Build and pre-record content in Re:View and Moodle so that your online teaching sessions in Teams are focussed and engaging. We do not recommend simply mirroring a traditional one or two-hour lecture in a Teams meeting.
  • During a Teams meeting run a quick poll using Forms, engage in text chat, hold Q&A and discussions, and share content from your screen such as PowerPoint presentations, digital annotations and online whiteboards.
  • Invite external guests to take part in Teams meetings. For example, a guest lecturer or industry expert who can answer questions on their area of expertise.
  • Teams can be used to communicate with students informally. If you decided to create a team, staff and students can post messages, provide links to interesting articles for discussion and create quick polls using Forms. We recommend using Moodle for your main teaching platform, but some staff have taken the option of using Teams alongside it.
  • Advanced users may wish to consider using the OneNote Class Notebook within a Team. This can be used for digital annotation when screensharing in a Teams meeting, to distribute content such as practice questions, or for students to use as reflective journals or portfolios.
  • Like many Microsoft products, Teams benefits from being mobile-friendly and therefore can be used wherever and whenever the user has an internet connection. Staff and students can download the Teams app on their phones.


Microsoft Teams has a range of built-in accessibility features to create a more inclusive learning environment. These include:

For support contact DD&T team through Top Desk

Updated on: 26 June 2020