MS Teams for Teaching

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Microsoft Teams, part of Office 365, offers great features to support online student collaboration, group work and communication. Through your Team, you and your students will have access to Teams Meetings where you can facilitate Virtual Classrooms and a Team, where required, to enable discussion.

Starting 5 February 2021, a script will be run periodically (every few days) to create Teams and enrolments for all current Term 3 SITS modules. All students enrolled on the module will become students of the Team. The Team will be unavailable and hidden from students until a staff owner decides that they want to activate the Team.

This guidance is accurate as of 8 September 2020. Microsoft release regular updates to improve Teams that have led in some cases to buttons moving. If you find the guidance is no longer accurate, please contact us via IT Self Service Portal and refer instead to the Microsoft guidance linked throughout this micro-site.

 

How can I use Teams and Moodle effectively?

Teams is a complement to Moodle. Used effectively they can form a powerful digital ecosystem for teaching and learning.

Moodle provides students with a structured pathway through learning content and activities, while providing a secure and reliable space for assessment submission, marking and feedback. Moodle tends to be lecturer-led so students engage in activities that the lecturer has enabled.

While Teams are structured and facilitated by lecturers, they can be set up to encourage more student control over how they collaborate and communicate. We recommend the use of Teams to support induction activities and then to facilitate student collaboration and group work by providing them with access to the tools they need.

The most effective use of these systems together is to see them as complementary. Use of cross-linking (linking to a resource on Moodle within Teams and linking to the Team in the relevant Moodle module) ensures that students do not face confusion and a duplication of content and understand where to complete different activities. 

Support and training

Teams demo: This 5 minute interactive demo provides a great overview of Teams. Remember if you are using Teams for teaching you can skip the part about creating a new Team as this will be completed for you.

City’s Teams Community Support Site: Leveraging the collaboration and discussion potential of Teams, this community site has links to guides and FAQs and a community of users on hand to help with your questions.

Microsoft Teams for Education: Please note that Teams will be auto created if there is a corresponding module in SITS so you will not have to manually create all your teams. City is switching off assignments in Teams as all assessment must take place in Moodle.