Microsoft Teams

Last modified on August 4, 2023

Teams is a chat app marketed to workplaces. Its functions are really helpful for classroom discussion, as it tends to be more organized than email. Teams is similar to Slack or Discord, if you’ve ever used those apps.

Signing up

I will add everyone to the Team myself on the first day of classes. If you are eager to get started, you can find our team with the code 213keuj.

This is a Mason-supported Microsoft app so after you’re added, you can log in with your regular Mason credentials.

How to access

  • With the desktop and/or mobile app. The desktop app can be downloaded from Microsoft or from the App Store. You can then easily open this app whenever you want to work on course material, and close it when you’re no longer working. Alternatively you can leave it open all the time, and set “do not disturb” hours so that you don’t get notifications outside your working hours.
  • As a website. If you don’t want to download another app to your computer or phone, you can access Teams in your regular internet browser (i.e., as a web app). You will probably have to explicitly decline to download the app before you can access the web app.

Learning to use

Mason provides a lot of material that will help you learn to use Teams. It is officially supported by Mason, so IT can answer questions about it whenever you have trouble. Mainly, you need to be able to send messages to a channel.