5 – Microsoft Teams

UP 6 places in 2020

Microsoft Teams is the team workspace in Office 365.

Website: teams.microsoft.com
Cost: Office365 requires a subscription
Availability: Online

Ranking on the 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 15
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 2
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 8

Overall rankings in the 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 5 2019: 11 2018: 27 2017: 79 2016: – 2015: – 2014: –
2013: – 2012: – 2011:  – 2010: – 2009: – 2008: – 2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Microsoft Teams as one of their top tools

“MS Teams is the program that I’m in nearly every single day. It’s not exactly a learning tool but it’s a working tool where you learn through work. We wrote our first book on Teams using Teams within a team with internal and external people of book coaches, proofers and editors. I didn’t need to go outside it to effectively learn the entire process of book writing, creation, editing, proofing because all links and references were added as apps and plugins and links to the team channel. All meetings with editors and coaches done within the channel too. We are writing a second book at the moment (will be published in October 2020) on using Teams as a Collaboration and Learning tool.: Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia, 2020

“Best all around collaboration tool for chat, file sharing, calendaring, messaging, meeting(s) and staying connected IN the office or virtually..” Michael Krzmarcik, Senior Sales Enablement Programme Manager, USA, 2020

“Teams can be created based on topic needs. Pages can be created that are locked or hidden from those who shouldn’t have access but are on the team. I can schedule video call meetings or open one instantly as needed. I can store files. I can send an email link to others so they may join a meeting without downloading anything or having to create an account.” Teacher, USA, 2020

“To connnect and collaborate with others on stretch projects. Crowdsourcing answers to problems from my team.” Cat Malcom, Design Practice Manager, Australia, 2020

“Especially in the last couple of month (with the start of the pandemic), the use of virtual tools in schools and universities became much more popular – or should I better say, these institutions were forced to accelerate their development of a virtual delivery model. I personally use it for chatting, 1-1 video discussions, sharing news/info and important documents.” Joachim Worf, Global Customer Success Lead at Dell Technologies Education Services, Germany, 2020

“Teams has risen to the top for my learning and for learning at my college. The sharing/collaboration among writing, spreadsheets and other documents as well as ease of communication in different modes makes it invaluable now and I foresee it remaining that way even without a pandemic requiring more remote ways of working.” Audrey J Williams, Vice President, IT/CIO, USA, 2020

“During this time of pandemic and working remotely, Teams saved us! From video chats to file storage for project team documents it is a very powerful tool” Susan Manos, Global Learning & Development Director, USA, 2020

“I have been using Teams as a means to improve my online communication. We also use it to host live classes and it has enabled us to continue delivering our qualifications online as has many other organisations.” Steve Batchelder, Learning and Development Officer, UK, 2020

“Terrific collaboration tool for ‘in-house’ teams and bringing in ‘guest’ — everything is in one place AND MS has done a terrific job with accessibility (508 compliance). They keep getting better and better.” Penny Pearson, Coordinator, USA, 2020

“It’s simple and clients all now seem to have it! Teams’ capability and usage can only expand” Dawn Sillett, Learning & Development consultant and trainer, UK, 2020

Quick Guide to Microsoft Teams 

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use Microsoft Team for teaching, training, learning and development.

Get access to the Quick Guide sections at the bottom of each of the Tools page (for guidance and resources on how to use the tool for teaching, training and learning) for just £15.

Sign up here.