Knowledgebase: Students and Faculty
Teams - Quick Start Guide for Students
Updated: 07 July 2020 02:20 PM

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that combines chat, video and file storage. In this Quick Start Guide we will show you the basic functions of Teams. When you are ready to learn more, the More Resources section provides links to online resources that will explain Teams in more depth.

Please note: Some faculty may create a team for each of their classes and some may not. Video or audio calls can be made using the Teams app to fellow students or faculty without the need for a team to be created.

Install Microsoft Teams
Sign in
Pick a team and channel
Create and send a message
Connect with video
Answer a call
Share a file in a channel or chat
Find or create a file
More resources

Install Microsoft Teams

Download and install Microsoft Teams. 

Sign in

  • In Windows, click Start > Microsoft Teams.
  • On Mac, go to the Applications folder and double-click Microsoft Teams.
  • On mobile, tap the Teams icon. 

Then sign in with your OCADUid in the form You will be redirected to an OCAD U login. Enter your credentials as you normally would.

OCAD U login window

Pick a team and a channel

A team is a collection of people, conversations, files and tools–all in one place. A channel is a discussion in a team. Every team has a main discussion area, the General channel. Under General, your teacher may create more channels to organize topics.

Click Teams to see which teams you're in. If your teacher has already set up the team and added you, you'll see one or more team tiles.

  • All channels include a Posts and a Files tab.
  • The Posts tab is where you, your classmates, and your teacher can all start and reply to conversations.
  • Look for shared documents in the Files tab. 

Teams interface


Check the Activity feed to make sure you don't miss a new post or an @mention.

Create and send a message

  • Click the compose box to create a message. You can type out a simple message.
  • Attach an image, gif, sticker, or file.
  • Select Format and use rich text to make your message stand out.
  • Format your message with bullets or make a numbered list.
  • @mention your teacher or a classmate.
  • To switch from a conversation in a team channel to a private chat group, select Chat.

Connect with video

Use meetings in Teams to join your teacher and classmates in online classes, study groups, presentations, and whenever you need to learn face-to-face.

  1. Select Calendar to see any meetings your teacher or classmates have added you to, or any you've created yourself. Click Join when's time to meet.
  2. Adjust your audio and video settings, then click Join now.

Answer a call

When your teacher or a classmate calls you in Teams, you'll get a notification where you can decided how to answer. You can accept with video, audio or decline.

How to use the toolbar during the meeting

  1. The current duration of the meeting.
  2. Turn your video on and off.
  3. Mute and unmute your microphone.
  4. Share your screen.
  5. Access options like backgrounds and live captions.
  6. Raise your hand.
  7. Participate in the chat.
  8. See who is in the meeting.
  9. Leave the meeting. The meeting continues even after you've left.

Share a file in a channel or chat

  1. In a new message or reply, click Attach.
  2. Choose a file you'd like to share.
  3. Include a message if you want, then click Send.

Find or create a file

  • See the files that you, your classmates and your teacher have shared in a chat or a channel by selecting the Files tab.
  • While in Files, you can create a new Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document for you and your classmates to collaborate in.

More resources