Microsoft Teams: Student Guide

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What is Microsoft Teams? 

Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that allows you to join or start video or audio meetings, chat, share and edit files, and more. Some instructors may use Teams rather than Webex due to its additional collaboration features. You may access Teams on a desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device. 

Accessing Microsoft Teams for the first time

  • Access and download the Microsoft Teams desktop app.
    • Please note that you should download the desktop Teams app rather than using the browser version since the desktop app provides more features (e.g., background blur and grid view). You will only need to download the app once.
  • It is recommended that you also install the Teams app on your mobile device.
    • The mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices. 
    • Note: Mobile app users will not be able to initiate a channel call in an unscheduled meeting (i.e. Meet Now). 

Joining Your Class Team

Joining a Class Meeting in Teams

Using Teams for Group Collaboration or Breakout Sessions

  • Your instructor may set up "channels" in the Team for group collaboration. Each channel provides a space for group members to chat, have a video meeting, share files, and collaboratively edit files. 
  • When you go to a channel for a small group break-out meeting, one member of the group will need to start a meeting in the group channel. The other group members will click the "Join" button to join the meeting. 
  • If you do not have access to a Teams channel for group collaboration, you could create your own Team and invite your group members to the Team. 

Teams Resources and Tutorials


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