Microsoft Teams for Teaching and Learning

May 2024December 2025

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams (Teams) is an online collaboration platform. It enables group members to co-author documents, have both individual and group chats, schedule meetings, as well as use audio or video communication features. Teams is currently available to UQ staff for organisational unit, project-based work, and professional group collaborations. For more information, please refer to the Microsoft Teams for staff (ITS) page and the Collaboration Tools - Microsoft Teams (ITS) guide.

From Semester 2 2024 students will have expanded access to the Microsoft 365 suite including Teams, cloud storage via OneDrive, OneNote and Forms.

Notes:

  • Microsoft Teams (Teams) – refers to the Microsoft product 'Microsoft Teams', which is a part of Microsoft 365 suite.
  • Team – refers to a collaborative space setup within Microsoft Teams, to facilitate collaboration between groups such as project teams, work teams, sections, or an organisational unit.

Teams for Teaching and Learning

Teams will be available for all Semester 2, 2024 courses. A link will be incorporated into the Learn.UQ course template and a respective Team is created for the course (the Team is locked).

Course Coordinators will decide whether their courses should utilise Teams and will then activate the corresponding Team and make the link available to students. Students enrolled in the respective course will automatically be added to the corresponding Team, called 'course team'.

Use Cases of Teams for Teaching and Learning

ITaLI will provide support on how to leverage Teams to enhance teaching through collaborative practices, including: 

  1. Course-Level Discussion and Q&A: As an alternative to traditional platforms like discussion boards, Teams facilitates course-level discussions and Q&A sessions.
  1. Active Learning Activities and Collaboration: Teams enables the setup of shared documents and tools (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Forms, To Do, and Planner) for active learning activities and collaborative work.
  1. Tutorial Groups: Within Teams, tutorial groups can be effectively organised and managed.
  1. Private Channels for Group Assignments: Teams provides private channels, offering students an online space to collaborate and communicate specifically for group assignments and projects.

The introduction of Teams presents an opportunity to enhance functionality and address existing gaps in UQ’s eLearning environment. 

Support for additional use cases will be determined in consultation with faculties, members of the Learning Design Community, eLearning Operational Forum and the Digital Learning Sub-committee.  

Early adopter programs to gather feedback on Teams for additional use cases will be delivered in 2025. 

Resources

Workshops on utilising Teams for teaching and learning are scheduled for June - July 2024.  Instructional guides for staff and students will be updated for Semester 2, 2024.  

Staff:

Student:

Workshops:

The eLearning Systems and Support Team will deliver workshops to the following groups:  

To book a school-based workshop for your teaching staff email elearningadvisers@uq.edu.au.

Staff Communication

The eLearning Systems and Support Team will communicate with staff across all levels at UQ through a variety of channels, including:

  • communicate with faculty Associate Deans (Academic) on the MS Teams project 
  • briefings and consultations with key support stakeholders across UQ
  • regular presentations to the Learning Design and eLearning Update forum:
  • regular updates to the Learning Design and eLearning community Teams through Ask an eLearning Adviser channel
  • regular Teaching and eLearning News articles:
  • monthly project progress reports to DLSC and DLPSC
  • presentations on the project to faculty Teaching and Learning committees
  • presentations on the project to school Teaching and Learning committees

If you have any immediate concerns, please contact elearningadvisers@uq.edu.au.

FAQs

Do I need to use Teams in my teaching?

No, using Teams is completely optional. The decision to use Teams is at the discretion of the Course Coordinators. If a Course Coordinator chooses to use Teams, they will activate the necessary Team space to provide access via a link on Learn.UQ for students.  

We will continue to assess the effectiveness of Teams to enhance teaching and learning experiences throughout 2024 - 2025. This evaluation will help us understand how Teams can best be integrated into our educational practices. 

If I activate Teams for my course, what functionality does it enable?

Activating Teams opens up a variety of collaborative and interactive features, based on experiences from pilot courses between 2021 and 2024: 

  • You can set up channels for different activities such as discussions, Q&A sessions, and tutoriasl or workshops. 

  • Your students can work together in real time to discuss and collaborate on documents. 

  • You can set up private channels for students to collaborate in small groups using the chat, share documents and video conferencing functionalities. 

  • Using the "Class" template in Teams provides instructors with analytics on individual student activities within the team. These insights can be used to assess aspects of student engagement and teamwork, such as communication, planning, and meeting facilitation, in addition to evaluating the final outputs of their projects. 

Will Teams replace Zoom in 2024?

Zoom will be available to facilitate teaching and learning for the foreseeable future. 

Will Teams replace Lecture Recordings (Echo360)?

No, lecture recordings in equipped teaching spaces will continue to be recorded via Echo360 based on the timetable.

Will Teams replace Blackboard?

No. Blackboard will remain as the Learning Management System at UQ. Teams if activated in a course will be the communication and collaboration platform for the course.

How can I use Teams to facilitate hybrid classes?

ITaLI will be evaluating if and how Teams can be used to facilitate hybrid classes 2024 -2025.

Will the Teams app be available in lecture theatres?

Yes, Teams is currently available on all teaching spaces computers.

Can students use OneDrive?

From Semester 2 2024 students will have access to OneDrive to share and collaborate on documents with staff and other students.