Microsoft Teams

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Dear College of Education,

You may have received an email over the weekend about being added to Microsoft Teams.  That was me (Bob Evans).  Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 and is Microsoft’s flagship tool for team collaboration which includes chat, videoconferencing, file sharing, etc.  It is a great tool for both local and remote collaboration.  And because it is licensed by Purdue, it is secure and not being used for commercial data mining of University operations.  Teams will be replacing Skype for Business in July of 2021.

Here is a short video that gives a quick overview of Teams:

Welcome to Teams

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-welcome-to-microsoft-teams-b98d533f-118e-4bae-bf44-3df2470c2b12

This tool has recently become available to the campus and last week I began staging Teams for our College so people can use it if desired.

A “Team” has been created for each major department in our College.

Within each department, “Channels” have been created for each office, center and/or program.  Channels are where the work and collaboration takes place (chat, video, file sharing, etc.).  If you see a “lock” icon next to a channel, that means the channel is private and only accessible to the members of that channel (a team includes everyone, but a channel can be a subset of the team).

Feel free to check out Microsoft Teams.  You can access it via any web browser by logging into Office 365…

https://www.office.com/

…and look for the “Teams” icon:

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You can also download a Teams app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, or Android.

Here are training resources for Teams:

Teams Interactive Demo

https://teamsdemo.office.com/

Microsoft Teams Video Training

https://support.office.com/en-us/article/microsoft-teams-video-training-4f108e54-240b-4351-8084-b1089f0d21d7

End user training for Microsoft Teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/enduser-training

For those who want to use Microsoft Teams and do not have the client app installed on your computer/laptop/tablet/phone, you can locate the app using this web page:

Download Microsoft Teams on any Device

https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads

Please send email to EdIT@purdue.edu if you have any questions or need an additional private channel added to your departmental Team.  EdIT is still learning about Teams and we hope to learn together with all of you as this tool unfolds.  Thank you!  😊

Robert Evans
Director, Education Office of Information Technology
Managing Director, Technology Resources Center
Chair, College of Education Safety Committee
Purdue University College of Education

How to give someone access to your Outlook calendar

Do you need to give someone access to your Outlook calendar? No problem! The following PDF document contains screen shots and steps for how to do this…

For Windows:
Outlook Calendar Access For Windows

For Mac:
Outlook Calendar Access For Mac

Please note that the process of giving someone access to your calendar is something that only you can do. The Education IT team does not have administrative access to the central Purdue Exchange server or your email/calendar account, so we cannot do this for you. However, if you encounter any problems with the steps found in the PDF document above, let us know and we would be happy to consult with you.

Thank you!

— Education IT (edit@purdue.edu)