Remote Teaching & Working

Team Up! Microsoft Teams Makes it Simple.

Microsoft Teams Logo without TextLast spring, we rolled out Microsoft Teams to campus. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, now is a great time under our new “essential personnel only” mandates for SMU.

Microsoft Teams provides individuals a customizable workspace with access to many of your essential items in one interface. MS Teams can be used to create a collaborative team workspace for workgroups to organize projects, host different channels for various topics, chat with colleagues or classmates, and even easily retrieve documents filed in One Drive or Box without ever leaving the Teams application!

MS Teams Calendar

You can easily launch a Teams call – including video capability – directly from a chat, or through your Teams calendar by selecting Meet Now. Teams calls allow you to take notes within the call, add closed captioning, and new features announced this month include the option to select virtual backgrounds. Check out this quick demo of some of the neat features within Teams video calls.

The Teams application also allows you to add apps and connectors into the interface to enhance your experience.  One app worth checking out is Forms. A form can be added to a team or chat to create a quick survey!

Forms App

To get started with Microsoft Teams, visit Free Microsoft Teams Essential Training is available using your SMU LinkedIn Learning account at


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Laurene Klassen

Laurene is the Director of SMU’s IT Training & Communications Team. She enjoys reading, writing, and outdoor activities with her family in her spare time.