Microsoft Teams (For Teaching and Learning)
Teams is a communication and collaboration tool from Microsoft that can be used within a teaching and learning environment to facilitate blended learning delivery. For more general information on Microsoft Teams, visit our Microsoft Teams web page.
What Teams offers
Bring together your communications (chats and meetings) and work into one space.
- Reduce the email burden by using instant messaging (chats), conversations within your teams and meetings (audio, video and chat).
- Use @ mentions for individuals, channels or whole team to get the attention of your audience.
- Bring together all the useful elements of your work in your team channels, including websites, notebooks, files and apps.
How to Access Teams
Microsoft Teams can be used in a web browser or can be downloaded as an App to your desktop or mobile device.
Using the Teams Desktop and Mobile App
ICT at Imperial recommends users download the application to their device for the best experience.
Using Teams in a Browser
You can access Teams when you log in to Office 365 and view all the applications via the waffle icon.
Please note that not all browsers support the full range of Teams functionality and therefore it is recommended that you consider using either of the following supported browsers:
- Google Chrome (across Windows 10, Mac OS X and Linux)
- Microsoft Edge (Windows and Mac OS X)
Browser versions of Teams do not allow screen sharing and provide a different meeting experience by only showing single speaker view, as opposed to the grid view of multiple people available in the Desktop and Mobile App.
Using Teams for Teaching and Learning
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Teams usage guidance
The pandemic has resulted in higher usage of Microsoft Teams throughout the College. Teams has helped the College collaborate more effectively during the pandemic and has been vital for the College to operate remotely under these exceptional circumstances.
Despite its many benefits this presents several data protection issues and correct ‘Teams etiquette’ is paramount to protect, not only the risk of sensitive data being published but the well-being of everybody using teams to hold virtual meetings.
Each Team meeting has chat functionality which is accessible to all participants. Please be mindful that Meeting participants can still view the teams chat even after they have left the meeting. We need to be acutely aware of this and be conscious of what we post within the teams chat function during and after any meeting has closed or in the case where a participant(s) leaves before the meeting ends.
If follow on meetings are required involving different participants then it is recommended to close the original meeting and create a new one. This will create a new chat. It is, however, good practice to remain mindful of the information we post within the chat function when using Teams.