What is Microsoft Teams?
Teams is a collaboration and communication platform by Microsoft. You will find Teams most useful for working collaboratively on group projects – but your Module Leader may choose to run some online classes, small group teaching or even individual consultations using Teams.
The video above gives you a great insight into how to use the Teams application to join a meeting, and then adjust your controls once in attendance.
Can I practice using Teams before my first class?
We highly recommend installing Microsoft Teams and using it as a communication and collaboration tool.
When you’ve downloaded the app, schedule a meeting with a classmate to learn how to join a meeting and use the various functions, or make a test call yourself to learn how to enable your video and audio.
What features do Teams meetings have?
- Pop-out meeting view, allowing you to engage with the Teams app while in a meeting
- Different view options – Gallery View to see everybody and Together Mode which puts participants in a virtual lecture theatre
- View files being shared by the presenter
- Text chat with the whole class
- Share microphone and webcam
- Blur background and share your own virtual background
- ‘Raise hand’ to ask for help
- Share files with the whole class (when permitted)
- Work in groups using ‘Breakout Rooms’
- View a list of all attendees
- Keep collaborative Meeting Notes
Is there an app?
Yes, to join a Teams meeting you will need to have the Teams app installed on your device. Visit Microsoft’s page to download the desktop and mobile applications.
How will I join my online class?
The most likely route to join an online class or meeting will be by selecting the Calendar icon in the Teams application where you will find the meeting invitation and a “Join” button to participate. Your Module Leader might also share other ways of joining the class in the module area in Minerva.
We recommend right-clicking or long-pressing on the links below and opening them in a new tab to learn more about Microsoft Teams.