Engage Your Students Using Microsoft Teams

Posted on: February 10, 2020 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Tech Tips, Microsoft Office 365

Trying to encourage and build a sense of community among students in a course can be challenging. However, all of the work doesn’t have to be reserved for the physical classroom.

Microsoft Teams is a great tool for faculty seeking new ways to increase student engagement, foster collaboration and enhance learning in their courses – all in one interactive hub. The platform allows your students to connect to one another and to you, while also having the ability to organize course materials, share additional resources and more.

Tips for Your Course

Below are tips to help you explore Microsoft Teams and some of its many features in your course.

Increase Engagement

  • Use the chat feature to communicate with students one-or-one or keep the class group discussion going
  • Encourage students to interact and add resources related to the course topic

Foster Collaboration

  • Audio and video call features offer students more ways to communicate for group projects
  • If you can’t make it to campus, create a live event to broadcast directly to your students, who can interact and ask questions within the platform

Enhance Learning

  • Organize channels based on topics or projects
  • Create or upload documents and presentations or upload images and other resources
  • Utilize the Assignments tab for both individual and group work; you can include instructions, due dates, attach reference material and add custom grading rubrics
  • Create various types of quizzes with Microsoft Forms
  • Incorporate third party applications that you may already use in your course, e.g. Quizlet app, social media channels, etc.

To learn more about these and other tips, visit Microsoft Education’s video series.

For help getting started, explore Microsoft Teams knowledge base articles in the IT Self-Service Portal. For questions or to report an issue, please submit a ticket or contact the Technology Service Desk at (336) 278-5200.

Tarah Holland

Tarah Holland is a Digital Content Strategist at Elon University.

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