Microsoft Teams (MS Teams)

Teams is a communication and collaboration tool that supports synchronous web meetings with video/audio, screen sharing and whiteboard; asynchronous discussion; file sharing and a wide range of external web apps and tools. The platform makes it possible for you to create a space for more robust collaboration between your students.

You can have a Team for each unit that you teach. Each Team can have multiple Channels, which can be used for discussion boards, chat tools, wikis, documents, polling and more.

Monash staff and students are able to use Teams for learning and teaching, group project work and study groups.

Watch the video below to learn more about why to use MS Teams.

Why use MS Teams?

MS Teams is one of multiple platforms for collaboration, communication and web meetings.  It stands out from the others because of the ease of use, vast functionality, aesthetics and the way it supports both synchronous and asynchronous activity.

Key functionalities of MS Teams

  • Synchronise communication through virtual built-in meetings (up to 250) and chat rooms
  • Asynchronous communication through private chats, announcement pages, discussion boards
  • Posts can include shared content, meeting recordings and discussions
  • Meeting chats are saved with the meeting recording
  • Ability share files and folders with a built in file management
  • Collaboration live on shared documents and a virtual whiteboard
  • Oversight of student collaboration and engagement within the platform
  • Inclusive and accessible built-in capabilities like the Immersive Reader, message translation, and Live Captions for meetings
  • OneNote Class Notebooks, with a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities
  • Interactive apps, lessons, and content embedded onto the OneNote page

Watch the video below to learn more about what Teams should be used for.

Education Performance Standards Framework

The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.

Impact on student learning

Impact on educational knowledge

Impact on educational environment

Effective teaching and learning

Responsive program design

Student- centred orientation

Professional learning engagement

Pedagogical content knowledge

Education research performance

Education innovation

Education leadership




You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Implement MS Teams into online teaching to support student collaboration
  • Provide well-structured group assessment optimising the use of MS Teams as a collaborative platform

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