Microsoft Teams for education
Teams is the digital hub for Microsoft 365 (M365) bringing conversations, content, and apps together in one place. You can use Teams to communicate and collaborate with groups of students, lecturers, and staff in any combination. Within a group (team) you can chat, have online (video) meetings, share and collaborate on documents and more.
Although there is an overlap in functionality with Brightspace, Brightspace will continue to be the official online platform for education. For use in the formal education process you are recommended to use Brightspace and adhere to the formal guidelines within your faculty for assignments and assessment. In Teams the functionalities for Assignments and Grades are not active.
Teams has many different functionalities which can be used in an educational setting. This table provides an overview of the most important functions.
|Online meetings||You can create online meetings for up to 300 participants. It’s possible to share your screen, use the chat and create breakout rooms|
|Live Events||With Live Events you can broadcast Video, Audio and other content from you pc. Up to 10.000 Attendees can join the event, but they can only participate via a Q&A chat. Use Live Events only with audiences larger than 300 people.|
|Chats and Tabs||In a team you can chat with your students or colleagues. Chat, reply, share documents and images. It’s also possible to use multiple channels (e.g. different topics, break out rooms, for group work).|
|Collaboration in documents||Collaborate real-time in Word documents, PowerPoint presentations or Excel sheets. Work together with your colleagues on a course, let your students work together on a summary, or give your students the opportunity to work on their project report.|
|Notes||Share notes real-time in Teams and before, during, and after a Teams meeting. The notes are connected to Microsoft OneNote.|
|Forms and Polls||With Microsoft Forms, you can create a poll or survey within your Channel.|
|Planner||Organize tasks by adding one or more Planner tabs to a team channel. Create a plan, add and assign tasks to team members.|
|Class Notebooks||Every class team comes with its own linked OneNote Class Notebook. The Class Notebook is a digital notebook for the whole class to store text, images, handwritten notes, attachments, links, voice, video, and more.|
|Calendar||The calendar imports your meeting information from your exchange calendar.|
|Personal settings||You can access personal settings by clicking on your name and selecting settings. There are settings for themes, lay-out, privacy, what notifications you receive and many more.|
The table below describes a few examples of ways you can work together in Teams.
|Interactive classroom experiences||Organize classroom discussions before, during and after meetings, lectures, etc, and collaborate with students on documents.|
|Facilitate group work and projects||Make group channels in teams where groups of students can chat, collaborate real-live in documents, and have online group meetings.|
|Lesson planning with fellow lecturer||Developing lesson plans for different subjects requires effective communication and collaboration among lecturers across or outside the TU Delft.|
|Professional learning communities with colleagues||Educators collaborating within a professional learning community. Such as an academic department or group working on a shared goal.|
This table below helps you to navigate to the functions in Teams that you would like to use.
|Get started with Teams
|Online meetings and Lectures|
|Tour of Microsoft Teams||Support
To consider before using Teams
Brightspace will continue to be the official online platform for education. Teams is a more informal platform that brings you extra tools and functionalities to use in your (online) classroom. Teams is a new platform within TU Delft, we are continuously working on optimizing the support for our lecturers.
Before you start using Teams for your classroom, please note the following:
- Teams is a cloud-based application. Changes, updates and new features will be added regularly. New features can be found in Teams, search for ‘/whatsnew’ in the Teams search bar.
- Brightspace is the official Student Communication Channel. It is fine to share information to on Teams but make sure that this information can also be found on Brightspace.
- TU Delft is working on an integration between Brightspace and Teams. Unfortunately this is not expected to be available before the start of the academic year 2020/2021. You need to create teams in Teams yourself, manage the content and add your students and colleagues. It is however possible to let students enroll themselves into a specific Team directly or with approval.
- Grading and assignment features are turned off. The TU Delft offers solutions that are more mature
All students experience issues with the Teams calendar at the moment, the tool is not available to them. Students can still access meetings via Outlook or a shared meeting link. ICT Teams is looking into resolving this issue and expects to remedy this issue in April/ May.
TU Delft Teaching and Learning support aims to support teaching staff regarding the use of Microsoft Teams in education. If you have other questions of more technical nature, please check the M365 support team, review the manuals online or submit a call for ICT Teams.
TU Delft Teaching and Learning support aims to support teaching staff regarding the use of Microsoft Teams in education. If you have other questions of more technical nature, please check the the manuals online, review M365 support team, or submit a call for ICT Teams.
Technical Support (Help, something doesn’t work!)
Technical support is offered by ICT Teams. When you need help installing Teams on your PC or laptop or logging in; or when something does not work:
- Check the manuals page
- Aks your question/search for your question in the M365 and Teams support Community in Teams.
You can also join with a code: 6nx0wc3. To do so:
- Go to Teams and click on Teams in the navigation bar on the left.
- Select Join or create team.
- Join a team with a code > Enter code 6nx0wc3.
- Request a call in the Self Service Portal if you dit not find your answer in a manual or in the community.
Functional Support (How do I use MS Teams?)
Functional educational support is offered by TLS Support. If you need help with the functionalities in Teams: