Introducing Microsoft Teams

During semester 1, 2020 a few courses used Teams to support students during the transition to online learning as a way to promote and support collaboration. Teams offers some advantages over both Canvas and Collaborate Ultra, in that it allows the history of discussions to persist and students to join conversations at different times (asynchronously) and yet keep the conversations together. You can incorporate both chat-based discussion and video conferencing within the same tool allowing an ongoing dialogue between students and with the academic staff.


Want to learn more about teams?

If you’re thinking about using teams, have a look at the resources in the getting started guide, or resources at the bottom of this post to help you explore some of the possibilities and help make your decision.

Made your decision?

If you have chosen to include Teams in your course ensure you clearly and specifically outline the purpose and relationship between Canvas and Teams. Be clear, both for yourself and your students about where things are located and where different tasks should be completed or stored.

Function Tool
Communication with peers
Learning resources (PowerPoint, video etc.)
Asynchronous discussion
Assessment submissions
Interactive sessions (tutorials, etc..)
Regular announcements and updates
Timetabled tutorials


When you identify the tool – be specific. For example, what channel should students use for their tutorials chats, perhaps in tools you would include  “Teams – Tutorial Monday AM or Tuesday PM” to indicate there are to channels where the tutorial discussions occur. If you are embedding resources in Teams – be specific about what area or tab will they find notes or files?

Consider including the getting started for students guide in your welcome announcement or course introduction.


Back in March Homy introduced us to Teams in first Solutions Lab, this is the link to the session recording. 

Here is a summary of the key items from the Solutions Lab, to help you find the most relevant sections.

0:00 – Introduction to Teams

0:10 – How to create a team; use the Teams Classroom set up if you are going to be using it for teaching, because it allows you more control over roles and permissions within the team.

1:00 – Adding students

2:30 – Set up one channel per scheduled timetabled session.

3:15 – Bots which can extend the functionality of teams – just be aware not all of these extensions have been verified by RMIT ITS processes.

4:10 – Making meetings

5:10 – How to add students Update: There is a reasonably automated mechanism to add students between Teams and Canvas – for instructions email

7:30 – You can Schedule tutorial sessions that subsequently appear in students Outlook calendars. These tutorial sessions are set up as meetings in the calendar and any associated chat and minutes can then be found in the Teams channel; students can then refer back to any meeting as required.

8:00 – Recording videos – including  how to can attach documents for students to work with together

10:00 -Team members can be allocated a role to take meeting notes (meeting minutes)

12:00 – How a recorded meeting presents for students and team members. Including how to share a recording link back to Canvas (if required).

13:10 – Private channels and roles – Owner, teacher, student

14:30 – In a capstone project, Teams improved communication because there is the capacity to easily include rich media and the alerts provided the opportunity to respond quickly to team members.



Microsoft Teams for Education_QuickGuide_EN-US

Getting started guide for students

Getting started guide for staff and educators