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Last updated on 21/02/2020

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Microsoft Teams

Description

Teams is a social learning and collaboration application. It facilitates online chat, video conferencing and document editing. A Teams space brings together in one place the work you are doing in other Microsoft apps, like Excel, Word and OneNote.

Overview

Microsoft Teams is available for all staff and students at Griffith. You can set up separate Teams for staff and student groups. When used for teaching and learning, it allows you to create an accessible and responsive online community centred on your course. A Teams space is divided into channels, to keep discussions and projects categorised. You can upload a document, then edit and discuss; with one of your students – or all of them. Teams also has a video conferencing feature which can be used for instant face-to-face consultation or meetings with colleagues on other campuses. Teams is great for student group work, and for any of your work that involves communication and collaboration with others.

Considerations

Time Saver: When you use Teams for remote consultation the help you provide is global, rather than individual. It goes to everyone, which means less repeating yourself, and less emails.

Revision Resource: Teams is searchable, so students can locate discussions on a particular topic and archive them using the bookmark feature.

Group Work: Your students can use Teams to prepare their submission and stay in touch. In case any difficulties arise, they will have a record of all communications.

Language Skills: When students have the opportunity to observe the written responses of others, it suggests alternate ways of expressing knowledge - particularly if English is not their first language. You can use the 'like' button to indicate approval of exemplar responses.

Communication Policy: If you use Teams with your students, you need to delineate carefully the time you will make your expertise available to them outside of class. Some course convenors choose to allocate consultation time to their Teams space. Train your students expectations by sticking to your policy – don’t be tempted to answer a query at midnight!

Social Learning: The value of social constructivism in learning has been well established by educational researchers. When students talk with each other and with you they are more engaged. Observing discussions in a chat space is less intimidating than class discussion for many students, and has benefits for students with confidence issues.

Implement

You can use the Teams app with colleagues or for learning and teaching at any time. It is available from your Office 365 portal

Griffith Graduate Attributes

Graduate Attribute 2: Effective communicators and collaborators

When they use Teams, students are honing valuable soft skills such as leadership, empathy and communication, in an application that is used widely in the work place.

Graduate Attribute 3: Innovative, creative and entrepreneurial

When they are chatting and responding on Teams, students are gaining confidence in creating networks and locating sources of support and expertise, activities which are essential to success in the new world of employment.

Pedagogy Support

Find out how others are using Teams for teaching and learning here:

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  • Learning Futures

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Preferred Citation

Learning Futures (2020). Microsoft Teams. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/8149/view