What is Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a social learning and collaboration tool that enables online discussion and synchronous document editing. It is part of the suite of Microsoft apps that are available to staff and students at Griffith.

You can use Teams to:

  • Instant message individuals or groups
  • Upload and group-edit documents
  • Video conference for remote consultation

How do I get started?

For more information on how Teams can help you achieve an effective course delivery for your students, contact Christy Patton at Learning Futures ([email protected]).

What are some examples of practice?

Associate Professor Sameer Deshpande, Deputy Director of Social [email protected] is using the Teams video conferencing tool to conduct weekly drop in meetings with graduate marketing students from all over Australia. See his story here.

Also at Griffith, Pharmacology lecturer Dr Gary Grant is using Teams and OneNote to deliver structured course content to his students, and to create an active learning environment in the classroom.

Dr David Kellerman, winner of the UNSW Award for Teaching Excellence is using Teams to make a responsive and socially supportive online space for a large first year Engineering cohort. See his story here.

What could you do with Teams?

  • Students can use Teams for group work. They have a visible record of all communications and can share and update documents without multiple confusing ‘versions’.
  • Students can use topic discussion for revision. Teams is searchable by keyword and discussions can be bookmarked, so when you clarify a challenging concept in a discussion, you are creating a handy exam-time resource
  • Create a video resource using Teams. If you are using Teams video conferencing for remote consultation, you can hit the record button and generate a just-in-time explainer that others can view.

Why is Teams Important?

Teams gives you the benefits of socially constructed learning in an online environment. When students build understanding by discussing a topic with others, they are more engaged.

Benefits to you:

  • Spend less time answering individual emails
  • Students help each other and feel supported by you

Benefits to students:

  • Students practice valuable workplace skills like leadership and collaboration, on a tool which is widely used in professional settings.
  • Less confident students get the benefit of observing the answers and discussion of others
  • Teams is great on a mobile, so you can use it for active learning in the classroom

What VLE tools can Teams integrate with?

In a Teams space, you can create a page for documents you want students to use, including pdf, Excel or Word documents. Students can edit synchronously online, or on their computer in the Microsoft app, and their work will update and record changes. You can also create a page that links to any web site, and even get an RSS news feed into your Teams space.

You can create a link to your Blackboard site within the Teams space, so that students can sign in and see their Grade Book. Or, embed a link in your Blackboard page which will take students straight to their course Teams space.

If you are creating videos for your students, you can make a channel for your Teams space in Microsoft Stream.

Create a link to PebblePad inside your Teams space, for students who are doing portfolio work.

How can I use Teams to implement the Course Design Standards?