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Microsoft Teams

With Microsoft Teams you can work online from home. You can chat with colleagues, have meetings, call and collaborate remotely. The following suggestions should help you to quickly get started with Teams.

Microsoft Teams

Log in with <your own ULCN username>@vuw.leidenuniv.nl and your usual password. You can verify your identity with Microsoft Authenticator.

Download Teams

Log in to the website to use Teams without downloading the app on your device.

Verify your sign-in

You will have to verify your identity with Microsoft Authenticator to able to sign into Teams.
Read the manual on the helpdesk portal >>

Please note

We do not recommend MS Teams for teaching to a group that is larger than 15 students. For tips about remote teaching, go to our Remote Teaching information.

Five tips

In a very short time many staff members have started using Microsoft Teams. You can use MS Teams in different ways: via a mobile app, via an app on your desktop, but also via a web app. Five tips for using MS Teams:

1. Download Teams to your laptop or computer

The desktop version has more options than the browser version. While video conferencing, you will see several people on your screen. You can share your screen with colleagues and can blur your background to protect the privacy of your housemates. Install Teams on your device.

2. Always assign two owners per team

Always make two people owners of your team. This is to ensure that at least one owner is available even if the other is not.

3. Add channels and use labels

When you start using MS Teams, you will probably share everything in the general channel. This is manageable to begin with, but without thread discipline you will soon lose track of what is going on. Create structure by working with channels or tagging subgroups in your messages.

4. Don’t forget the chat option

It is easy to communicate with the whole team through channels. All the members can read what you have to say. A chat, however, is one-on-one or with a select group. You can also use the chat option to chat or video conference with people outside your team(s).

5. Quick access to files in OneDrive and SharePoint Online

Each team in MS Teams also has its own team site in SharePoint online. Files that you share in a channel are stored in SharePoint. Files that you share in chat are stored in OneDrive. You can access OneDrive through the Files button on the left-hand side of the screen. Here you will also find a list of all the files that have been shared.

Assistance and support

Microsoft offers a great amount of information on working with Teams. For example:

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