How do I Use MS Teams for Synchronous Communication?

Teaching in an online format doesn’t mean you have to lose your instructor-student contact. Microsoft Teams is our institutionally supported application for synchronous communications, including live class sessions and office hours. Teams provides you with a variety of options for creating virtual meeting rooms, organizing classes, and collaborating with your students using integrated tools. Note: […]

Assignments Group Work/Collaboration Integrated Apps

Use is an app within Canvas that lets your students participate in social reading by collaboratively annotating course readings. By enabling students and faculty to add comments and start conversations in the margins of course documents, the app brings class discussions directly to the course content. Collaborative annotation engages students more deeply in course […]

Group Work/Collaboration

Use Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive may be the least obvious solution but can be effective in providing your students with the materials they need to complete group activities. Due to its “shared” nature, your students can easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, or presentations within OneDrive. Directions Create a Shared Folder for Students to Access Go to Faculty and Staff […]


Conduct a Discussion in Microsoft Teams from a Web Browser

Microsoft Teams allows you to host live video sessions that you could use to facilitate discussions in your course. You could use this tool to have real-time conversations about course content, current events, or other important topics just like you would in your face-to-face course. Directions Go to the Faculty and Staff Hub. Click Email (Office […]

Discussions Group Work/Collaboration

Set Up Small Group Discussions

You can use the Canvas Group Discussions feature to create identical discussion topics for different groups in your class. Students will only be able to see posts from other members of their group. Consider using this feature to group students by interest, create a more intimate environment by reducing the discussion group size, or implement […]

Communication Lectures

Schedule a Recurring Meeting in Teams

One of the easiest ways to keep your course running smoothly is to schedule a recurring meeting in Teams. This will enable you to meet with your students for live lectures, discussions, or other class activities. Follow the steps below to schedule a meeting for your course team. If you still need to set up […]


Set up a “Course Team” in Teams

Microsoft Teams is a tool that allows you to easily start a video conference with your students. This can be a helpful way to share important information with all or your students or to conduct 1-on-1 meetings with specific individuals. Teams even has a screen sharing feature that is useful when trying to support your […]

Communication Group Work/Collaboration Lectures

Integrate Microsoft Teams in Canvas

Microsoft Teams is a tool for collaboration and communication. You can use Teams to hold synchronous virtual sessions with your students. Using Teams to hold synchronous sessions can be helpful for delivering lectures and facilitating student collaboration or discussion. This tutorial describes how to schedule and share a Microsoft Teams meeting from within a Canvas […]

Canvas Tools

Add Another Instructor in Your Course

Adding another instructor to your course is helpful when you need to collaborate on a course, borrow content from another course, or share resources. This would be a good time to use one of the five sandbox courses you were given as part of your MSU Denver Canvas account. You can easily dedicate one of […]

Canvas Spotlight

Use Groups in Canvas

A great way to get peer-to-peer interaction in a course is by grouping up students for collaborative activities. Some of these activities could include projects, assignments, discussions, and peer review (not using the Peer Review feature of an assignment). Regardless of the activity, instructors will need to create groups for their students, which can be […]