Teams tips

Students, alumni and staff from the Department of Life Sciences give their advice on using Teams

Using video cameras in MS Teams

There can be quite a few things to consider when deciding whether to turn your video on during online teaching sessions. For example, you may want to keep your video off if you do not want to show yourself for personal reasons, if video affects your internet stability, or if you do not want anyone to capture your personal details. Equally, you may want to turn your video on to aid interaction with lecturers and classmates, and reinforce your learning. Below are some more details about what to consider when it comes to using your video camera during sessions as part of large and small groups.

Tips for using video on calls with big and small groups

Big groups

It is fine to turn your camera off if there are lots of you, as videos may affect the quality of the call. Why not upload a profile image so people know who you are when your camera is off?

If you’re using MS Teams, the text chat and 'raise your hand' button can be used to communicate.

When watching a live lecture, it is best to not use video unless you are asked otherwise or want to share your screen.

Problem classes usually occur in breakout rooms, where you discuss questions with your peers. It may help to use videos for these sessions as they rely on interaction.

Small groups

Having a video camera on in small group discussions can enhance the learning experience and help you get to know people before coming back to the campus.

For peer tutorials, try keeping cameras on as this may help the group to communicate more effectively. Once you are familiar with your group, you can decide the best way you to use cameras.

Personal tutorials are 1-2-1 time for you to discuss your studies and wellbeing with your tutor. If you are new to College, having your camera on during these sessions can help you get to know your tutor and relax when you talk to them.