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MS Teams for teaching guide

Explore how to create your Teams for teaching and how to use it effectively

About Teams

Teams is the platform where you can collaborate and engage with others through discussion, file and information sharing. Teams Meetings one of City's Virtual Classroom solutions that enables video and audio calls as well as screen sharing to discuss and engage with others.

This guide is about the Teams platform.

For academic year 2023/24, staff enrolled as Lecturers on Moodle modules can decide to create Teams for Teaching. This means that you can choose to create a Team for any Moodle module that is visible and available to students including: 

  • SITS coded modules and
  • Generic Programme modules.

The enrolments are synchronised which means that all staff enrolled as Lecturers and Teaching Assistants on the Moodle module become Owners of the Team and users enrolled as students on the Moodle module become Members of the Team.

Module Teams and Moodle

Teams is a complement to Moodle. Used together they can form a powerful digital ecosystem for teaching and learning.

Moodle provides students with a structured pathway through learning content and activities, while providing a secure and reliable space for assessment submission, marking and feedback. Moodle tends to be lecturer-led so students engage in activities that the lecturer has enabled.

While Teams are structured and facilitated by lecturers, they can be set up to encourage more student control over how they collaborate and communicate. We recommend the use of Teams to support induction activities and then to facilitate student collaboration and group work by providing them with access to the tools they need.

The most effective use of these systems together is to see them as complementary. Use of cross-linking (linking to a resource on Moodle within Teams and linking to the Team in the relevant Moodle module) ensures that students do not face confusion and a duplication of content and understand where to complete different activities. 

Download Teams for desktop

Before you start with Teams, download the Teams desktop client.

Support and training

City’s Teams Community Support Site: Leveraging the collaboration and discussion potential of Teams, this community site has links to guides and FAQs and a community of users on hand to help with your questions.

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