This Teams Learning Path supports GW faculty, staff, and students who use Microsoft Teams and guides you how to use it within Microsoft 365. Follow this learning path in the order of the modules or choose topics to review.
Explore how to set up a Team, add members, add files, communicate and collaborate. Also learn about ways to customize your Team with Channels, Tabs, Connectors, and Bots.
Get to Know Microsoft Teams
Teams is a chat-based workspace for people to communicate, share, and collaborate on files together.
How to Access Microsoft Teams
You can choose to use Teams online via teams.microsoft.com or download the Teams desktop app for PC or Mac.
Download or Access Through Your GW Microsoft 365 account
Accessibility Features and Keyboard Shortcuts
Please note that an online document or tool is accessible when it can be easily understood by everyone, regardless of what browser or adaptive equipment they are using.
When setting up a Team, there are four types to choose from: Anyone, Class, Staff Members, or PLCs (Professional Learning Communities). After you choose the type of Team, name the team and add members.
Set up Your Team and Add Members
The first video shows how to set up a Team for Anyone and add members. Choose the appropriate resource(s) to set up and add members to a Team for Classes, Staff Members, or PLCs.
Microsoft Teams allows users to communicate via Channels to talk to everyone, Chats for private conversations, and Meetings for video conferencing. You can keep track of all of these communications by viewing the Conversations tab.
Communicate with Your Team in a Channel
Messages added to a Channel’s Conversation are visible to all team members, but can only be edited or deleted by the original poster. View the Conversations tab to keep track of important messages, @mentions, and replies.
Communicate Privately via Chat
Chat messages are private and only visible to the Team members you choose.
Communicate via Meetings
You can schedule a meeting to video conference with Team members instantly or in the future.
Add files from your local computer, OneDrive, or another Team to your Channels and/or Conversations. After a file has been added, all Team members can access and collaborate at the same or different times.
You can personalize your Team by changing your profile, settings, or notifications. Add Channels to keep topics separate from one another, then add Tabs to open tools, services, or Microsoft apps within that Channel. Connectors can be added to link external tools and Bots can automate tasks.
Explore Settings and Options
Personalize your profile, settings, or notifications.
Add Channels to Organize Topics
Channels keep different Team topics, conversations, or projects separate.
Add Tabs to Channels
Add Tabs to access frequently-used tools and services, including Microsoft apps and websites.
Add Apps, Bots, and Connectors for Added Functionality
Embed external (third-party) tools into your Team with Connectors.
Bots can respond to questions and automate simple tasks, however additional set up is required.
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