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Bridging Communication Gaps with Students through Microsoft Teams

November 24, 2019

[MUSIC]>>We have a huge population of
students not only in our region, but we also serve
the students that are online. Our students are all juggling a lot, so we want to be sure
that the resources that we have really are
focused on our students. [MUSIC]>>I’m a lecturer in
the Department of English here at the University
of Texas Arlington. My students tend to push away from the provided platforms that
we offer for communication. Students don’t want to use e-mail. [MUSIC]>>It’s a little bit
intimidating because you have to follow the standards. We’re used to social media and
just a quick instant messaging. [MUSIC]>>Before we use other options like
remind text messaging service, Blackboard chat, or Canvas chat, I’m seeing them struggling, and so what I began to
think about was how can I offer them a way to
communicate with me in something that feels familiar, but is also in alignment with all university communication
policies for students, and that’s when I
found out about Teams.>>As a student, it’s very useful for having everything in one area. It’s very easy to just
message a professor and they usually respond quickly. It’s got assignments on there, I can share my screen. [MUSIC]>>One of the most
powerful tools within teaching Teams is
collaborative authorship. I’m able to open the same documents
that they’re opening, and offer feedback while they’re
actually authoring the document.>>Helps your assignment flow better, they are helping you along the way, like just like if you would
look to their office hours.>>I am a student, I
work here on campus, and that function is
very useful for having team meetings with coworkers
on other side of campus, and just click a button, and
have a video chat real quick, and show them what I’m looking at.>>In an aggregate, it really helps our students juggle all of the
things that they’re trying to do, and finish in a reasonable
amount of time.>>Using Microsoft Teams has
made education accessible, for a large diverse
audience of students, which is really something
we have to think about as we’re moving our students
into the job market, and we’re looking at being
good citizens of not only local, but also a global community. [MUSIC]

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