Microsoft Teams Logo

Information Technology - Microsoft Teams

What Is Teams?

Teams is a hub that incorporates chat, cloud storage and the Office 365 suite to allow group collaboration.  Use it for calls and meetings, quick chats, and document collaboration.

How To Get Teams

Visit https://office365.stetson.edu and log in using your Stetson user name and password.  Click on the purple Teams icon, then click the Download desktop app icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Teams is available for Windows and Mac, and the Teams app is available from both Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.

Meetings in Teams

Schedule a Meeting
Quickly schedule a meeting by clicking Schedule a meetingmedia/teams-schedule-meeting-icon.PNG from within a chat or clicking Calendar media/teams-calendar-icon.PNG on the left side of the Teams app and selecting New Meeting.

Use the scheduling form to specify a meeting title, participants and additional meeting details.  Please note, participants that do not have a Stetson email address may be invited. Once the meeting is ready, click Send for invitations to go out to required attendees.

Join a Teams Meeting
To join or rejoin a Teams meeting, click Calendar media/teams-calendar-icon.PNG on the left side of the Teams app, find the meeting and click Join.

Call Settings (Audio/Video)

To change your audio and video settings, click on your profile picture at the top right side of Teams, then select Settings > Devices. You can now use Audio devices and Camera to select the default devices for use in Teams.

Backgrounds

Just before joining a meeting, while you are confirming your audio and video setup, select Background effects (to the right of the mic switch).  From here, you can choose to either blur the background or select a provided image.

To change your background during a meeting, go to the meeting controls near the bottom of the screen and select More actions > Show background effects.

Polling with Polly

Polly is a Microsoft Teams app that allows polling in Teams chat. This can be in a one-on-one chat or group chat, such as in a Teams meeting or class.

To install the Polly app, start a chat with someone.  Next, click on the ellipsis Teams Ellipses located under the chat field. In the Find App field, type polly, then select the app and add it to Teams. Once installed, you will see the Polly icon Teams Polly Icon; click it within in any chat to start a poll.

By default, Polly will create a poll that will send immediately into the chat you are in. In the Question section, select your question type, and enter the choices if applicable. Note that under Audience Settings, you can set the poll as Non-anonymous (default) or Anonymous. When finished, click Preview, and when ready, click Send to post the poll in the chat. The poll can be viewed in real time.

Once the responses have been received, click on the ellipsis Teams Ellipses and select Close poll. Click on View all results to get a detailed view of the polling results.