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Teams Overview

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Teams is part of the Microsoft 365 suite of tools that supports group communication and collaboration in a centralized place. Streamline communication with colleagues and students using chat, audio or video calling, and virtual meetings using the rich features of Teams.

The following resources give you an overview of what Teams has to offer and how to get started.

(Please note: the Team/Channels feature is not currently available to all users).

Teams Notifications


Reviewing your notification settings is an important step in ensuring you are not missing anything important.

Here are a few resources on how to edit your notification settings as needed.

Teams Chat


The chat feature in Teams is a great way to ask a quick question or strike up a conversation outside of an official meeting. Within the chat, you have the option to start an audio or video call where you can share your screen and collaborate on the spot. 

Here are a few resources on how to use chat and calling to keep in touch with your colleagues and students.

Teams Meetings


One of the most common uses of Teams is setting up virtual meetings, such as virtual office hours. You can schedule these meetings in advance and share the meeting link within your course shell for students or invite colleagues directly to collaborate.

Check out the following resources to help you get started!

Creating and coordinating your meeting

Learn the basics of creating and managing your meetings.

Joining a meeting

Learn a few ways you and your attendees can join a meeting and how to prepare your settings before entering.

Microsoft Teams log in options including downloading app, using the web, or launching existing app

Participants can join using the desktop app or using the web version through their internet browser. The best practice is to use the desktop app as the web version has a few limitations such as:

  • waiting in a lobby (a great security measure to prevent anyone who is not signed in with their DSC credentials from interrupting your meeting without your permission)
  • limited video backgrounds
  • inability to share control of their screen during screen sharing, etc.

These are minor differences but they are good to remember if you see someone in your participant list with a "guest" note as they are an attendee who has not signed in with their DSC credentials and has likely joined via the web version of Teams.

Sharing your screen and collaborating

You can share what you see on your computer screen to present a variety of content with your attendees as well as collaborate using a virtual whiteboard.

Recording your meeting

Recording your meeting is a great way to offer flexibility to attendees who can't make during the scheduled timeframe to review the discussion at a later time and be prepared for future meetings.

Additional features and resources for Teams meetings