Using Microsoft Teams in the Classroom

This document provides information and links to training resources on how to use Microsoft Teams for delivering classes in an online environment.

Accessing Microsoft Teams

  • Teams can be accessed on your computer if you have Office 365 installed. Please refer to the Using Microsoft Teams Knowledge Base document for instructions on how to open Teams.
  • Teams can be accessed online. Login to your Western staff/student email account.
    • Go to, click on the Current Students link at the top of the page, click on the Email link and login to your Western student email account.
    • Click on the App Launcher icon in the upper left corner.
      AppLauncher Icon   
    • Select Teams from the list of applications.  
      Open TeamsApp

Uses for Microsoft Teams

  • Create teams for group meetings and collaboration.  Select the Teams icon from the menu on the left.
    Teams Icon
    • Instructors can create teams for each class.
    • Students can create their own teams for group work.

  • Chat can be used for groups or individual, one-on-one conversations. Chats are persistent, so the chat history is kept. You can also do an instant video call from Chat. Select the Chat icon from the menu on the left. 
    Chat Icon

  • Meetings:
    • Instructors: 
      • Schedule group meetings to deliver face-to-face classes online.
      • Use the Meet Now feature to setup a virtual office hour.
    • Students can use meetings for group project work.
    • Meetings can be recorded so the material can be shared later.
    • Can be scheduled through your Outlook calendar or using the Channel Meeting option. The Calendar icon in Teams menu is your personal calendar from Outlook. 
      Calendar Icon 
    • Share content during a meeting.
    • Blur your background during a meeting to avoid distractions.

  • Channels can be used to create modules of the course content.

  • You can create documents from other Office 365 apps from within Teams. Click the Apps icon in the menu on the left.  
    Apps Icon

Training and How-To Resources

If you need further assistance please contact the PC Service Help Desk at 608-789-6266 or

Keywordsteams, classroom, online, meetings, collaborate, chat   Doc ID98854
OwnerLinda W.GroupWestern Technical College
Created2020-03-14 17:16:47Updated2021-05-07 13:51:40
SitesWestern Technical College
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