What do we mean?

  • Asynchronous: not taking place simultaneously in real time.
  • Digital annotation: the process of marking up digital documents with text or other annotations by digital means (e.g. using a stylus)
  • Synchronous: taking place simultaneously in real time.
  • Assessment for Learning (AfL): feedback-based process by which lecturers elicit evidence of students’ learning via informal evaluation strategies.

Office 365

Office 365 for learning and teaching

Office 365 is a Microsoft subscription service that includes access to Office applications and online productivity services. The Office 365 package is available to all staff and students at the University of Bath. Most of the Office 365 suite of applications can be used across multiple devices such as PC, Mac, phones and tablets. Commonly used Office 365 applications include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Other applications such as Teams, Sway, OneNote and Forms can be used in a variety of ways for learning and teaching.

Office 365 overview of tools for learning and teaching

Office 365 applicationSummaryUses for learning & teaching
PowerPointA package designed to create electronic presentations consisting of a series of separate pages or slides.

  • Use as a teaching prompt in online and in person delivery.
  • Upload slides to Moodle for students to engage with at their own pace.
  • Record asynchronous content as narrated PowerPoint presentations and upload to Moodle or Re:View, leaving more time for discussion and interactivity during synchronous delivery.

TeamsMicrosoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration platform with document sharing, online meetings, and application integration.

  • Run online teaching sessions with screen-share, whiteboard and chat.
  • Use Teams as a space for informal communication, for example, to post questions for discussion, collaborative documents or links to research articles.
  • Encourage students to use Teams for peer support for common queries instead of emailing staff.
  • Use a OneNote Class Notebook within Teams to share content with students such as practice questions.
  • Students can set up their own Teams to communicate during group work.

FormsCreate surveys, quizzes, and polls, and invite others to respond to them using almost any web browser or mobile device,

  • Share a form on Moodle with students to canvas their opinions on their learning journey, e.g. 'What topic do you feel you would like to focus on for revision?'.
  • Use as part of the Assessment for Learning (AfL) process.
  • Use to stimulate discussion prior to teaching sessions - set some questions beforehand to guage opinions.

OneNoteOneNote is a digital notebook for individual use or sharing with colleagues. Class Notebook is a version of OneNote for use with cohorts of students.

  • Use Class Notebook within Teams for portfolios, reflective writing activities, or the Assessment for Learning process.
  • Staff can use OneNote for digital annotations during online teaching sessions.

SwaySway is a creative online presentation tool that can be used to share reports, presentations and digital stories.

  • Create engaging, media-rich presentations.
  • Embed in Moodle.
  • Can be used by students for assessment as an alternative to PowerPoint or 'face-to-face' presentations.

OneDriveOneDrive is the Microsoft cloud service that connects you to all your files. It lets you store and protect your files, share them with others, and get to them from anywhere on all your devices.

  • Students can use OneDrive as part of group work to collaborate on files such as PowerPoint presentations.
  • Documents that are stored on your OneDrive can be uploaded to Moodle using the file picker.



Office 365 has a range of built-in accessibility features to create a more inclusive learning environment. These include:

For support contact DD&T through Top Desk

Updated on: 26 June 2020