Organize a department, class, or team in Microsoft Teams
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Whether you're the leader of a department, lecturer of classes, supervisor of student employees, or officer of an RSO, Microsoft Teams at makes it easy to organize, meet, and collaborate remotely at NSU. Instant messaging and calling between anyone at NSU is also available through Teams. We offer Teams for all faculty, staff, and students with an email address at

We will detail the process of using the namesake feature of Microsoft Teams in the following steps:

First, ensure Microsoft Teams is installed on your computer or phone and you have signed in. Click here for instructions on installing it.

Navigate to the Teams section:

Then, find the button to create a team. It will be in either the top-right corner (Grid view) or bottom-left corner (List view).

On mobile devices, there is an icon depicting three dots vertically, to the left of the magnifying class icon. This will reveal a menu which shows a Create new team selection.


If there were any public teams, they would be shown in this list. There is also a control to join a team with a provided code. The button to create a new team is located here:

After clicking that button, it should prompt with a selection of types. This includes Class, PLC, Staff, and Other. Select the appropriate type for your purpose.

The next form allows you to set the name, description, and whether to allow anyone to join the team or keep it invite-only. If you have any existing Microsoft groups, such as mailing lists in Outlook, shared libraries in OneDrive, or sites in SharePoint, you can create a team which will inherit all the people in the existing group by clicking the link near the bottom of the form.

After clicking Next, the team is created.

The following prompt can add people to the team by searching for their NSU email address or directory name. After populating a list of names, clicking Add will immediately add them to the team.

You can give someone administrative permission over the team by selecting Member next to their name and changing it to Owner. This will allow them to delete messages, remove members, invite new members to an invite-only team, and control permissions to access resources in the team.

All teams start out with a General channel, which should be the main place for general conversation and file sharing in the team. Adding more channels is helpful to separate projects or topics. The below illustration highlights some of the common controls you would use as a member or owner of a team.

A menu for each channel provides some extra controls for a channel.

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