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Teams is a collaboration platform that is part of the Office 365 subscription.  It offers organized IM communication, file sharing, video meetings, and Office and third-party app integration.  Use Teams within departments, for cross-campus communication, file-sharing, or online class meetings.  

This Knowledge Article focuses mainly on Teams Meetings.  To learn about the file sharing, app integration, and chat functions of Teams, start by exploring the Microsoft Teams Support links at the bottom of this article.

Note: Students can create Teams Meetings and use all of the tools that Teams has to offer, but only faculty and staff can create a Team within Teams.  More information on what that means is available in the Microsoft Teams Support links at the bottom of this article.  If a student needs a Team created for an RSO or project, faculty advisers can create the Team and then give ownership of the Team to a student.

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  • MS Edge
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5 Ways to Create and Host a MS Teams Meeting

  1. Within a Canvas Course
  2. As an Appointment in an Outlook Calendar
  3. Within a Team Channel
  4. As a Meet Now within Teams
  5. To Call a Phone Number (requires Conference Call ability to be applied to your account)

The Teams/Canvas integration is a good place to create meetings with your students – especially your entire class. Outlook Calendar and the Teams app work well for meetings with individuals or groups that are not part of your class.

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Breakout Rooms

Meeting Options 


  • Meetings can be recorded automatically, but that does not happen by default. Edit the Meeting Options to record a meeting automatically when the meeting begins.
  • Recordings are available within the Chat history tab in Teams.  The person who started the recording can also access it from the Recordings folder in their OneDrive.  
  • MS Support page on how to manage and share recordings.
  • Anyone invited to the meeting can view the recording, they do not have to have attended.
  • Note that meeting recordings count towards the total 1 Tb of storage space available per user.
  • Recordings expire after 120 days
Note: If the Teams recordings are needed longer, or you desire to store them long-term: 

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Meet with Non-SVSU-Domain Users

  1. Create an appointment using your Outlook Calendar.
  2. Add the external users as attendees to the meeting.
  3. Add an online Team meeting. This is an option in the appointment settings window.
  4. A link is sent to the external attendee in the Calendar appointment.  While using Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge to attend the meeting, click the link. The external user does not need a Microsoft account to join the meeting. 

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