Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool that allows you to stay connected with your faculty colleagues and students, bringing together simultaneous document editing, chat, video conferencing, project management tools and third-party apps into one shared workspace.

For additional training on these and other Office 365 tools, check out these resources from LinkedIn Learning: Office 365 User Training.

Microsoft Teams Resources

Microsoft Teams is a great tool for fostering class collaboration. Here are a few resources that provide support.

GENERAL OVERVIEW:

GETTING STARTED:

  • Login to Teams: access O365, go to Office.com and sign in with your bannerID, followed by @durhamcollege.ca (i.e. 10012346@durhamcollege.ca) and your network password. Step-by-step instructions are available here.
  • Resource: How to create a Team for your course
  • Resource: How to share your Team with your students with a ‘join code’
  • Resource: Invite external guests to your Team
    • External guests are guests who do not have a durhamcollege.ca email account. Once they are members of your Microsoft Teams workspace, guest users can access files, join meetings, engage in chats, etc., just like other members in the workspace.  When adding the users, do not add them by name, add them using their full external email address

HAVING A VIDEO MEETING:

To ensure accessibility, please include live captions in your video meetings. Check out our page on Live Captioning to learn more

TEMPLATE FOR FACULTY COMMUNICATION TO STUDENTS ON HOW TO JOIN A TEAM

HOW IS MS TEAMS DIFFERENT THAN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM IN DC CONNECT?

Both are excellent tools used for very similar purposes, but each one may have advantages that the other doesn’t. Check out our Microsoft Teams VS. Virtual Classroom comparison page to find out which platform might work best for you.

REMEMBER: DON’T FORGET ABOUT CAPTIONS

All videos need to be captioned for your class.

Live - With Microsoft Teams, you can turn on live captioning for synchronous classes or meetings by downloading the desktop Teams app (this feature is not available in the online version of Teams).

Using the desktop Teams app will allow faculty and students to benefit from full functionality - including the live captions option that will contribute to accessibility. Faculty who are planning to use Microsoft Teams will need to use the desktop Teams app to start the video meeting.


Recorded
- If you are recording classes in Teams, the video recording that is automatically made accessible to your students in Teams, is actually being held in Microsoft Stream, which is an Office 365 video sharing service. Autogenerated captions will ONLY be created if the video language is set. Follow these instructions to set the video language:

  • Go to Office.com and sign in with your bannerID, followed by @durhamcollege.ca (i.e. 10012346@durhamcollege.ca) and your network password. Step-by-step instructions are available here. Then press "Stream" from your O365 dashboard.
  • Set the Video Language on individual videos by following these instructions to update the video details.
  • Once the language has been set, autogenerated captions will be enabled.
  • Note: Although there is an option to set the default language in your Stream account settings, this default is not applied to Teams videos.  Language must be set on each Teams video within Stream using the above method.