Microsoft Teams - Creating a Team for your class or group
Microsoft Teams is a multi-use platform that allows groups to communicate together in written, video, and audio formats as well as share files and resources together. This guide will outline the process of creating a team inside Microsoft Teams and how to add users to it effectively.
Start Microsoft Teams and login with your Trent email and myTrent password.
Click the Teams icon and click Join or create a team at the bottom of your team's list.
Click create a team
Select one of the templates, or click other to start with a blank team
Enter a team name and determine your privacy preference for the team. Click next to proceed with creating the team.
Team names must be unique - if creating for a class or seminar we recommend using the full course code including the term to help keep names unique.
- Private teams require that the owner/creator add members either through a join link or by manually adding them
- Public teams allow users to request to join and are visible when searching.
Add team members right away, or click skip to add members later.
Your team has now been created and will appear at the bottom of your list of teams.
Recommended Workflow: Adding students from a class to a team
Currently, Microsoft has not introduced a bulk-upload function to Teams for adding multiple users at once. However, this is a highly requested feature by the education community and we hope will be introduced in a future release of Teams. In the interim, we recommend the following workflow:
From the team options menu select "get a link to team"
Copy and paste the link into a Blackboard announcement, email to students, or Blackboard web link and urge them to click it to join the team.
From the team options menu select Manage team. Expand Members and Guests to review the membership relative to the course enrollment.
After a period of time, manually add the remaining members by clicking the add member button (from the members options page) and entering their name or Trent email address.
For support with this process, please contact the IT service desk either by email at email@example.com or by phone at 705-748-1010.
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