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Office 365 in Education

Office 365 is a line of services offered by Microsoft as part of its Microsoft Office products, these services include OneDrive, Teams, OneNote and Sway.

There are many other services on offer when logging in with your University of Liverpool account. To find more information please visit CSD’s technical guide to Office 365 apps.

The tools O365 offers for education can help you improve and enhance your teaching. 

So why should you be using Office 365 in your teaching and learning design? Although every context across the university is different, it is very likely you need to set up a collaborative project for students, communicate with student, and have assignments and assessments submitted in one easily accessible online platform. Office 365 apps are designed for their users to intuitively navigate the basic functions, and with a little bit of innovation from your side, you can make the best of these tools to upscale your digital capabilities and those of your students.  

We have created a short guide on the top tools to get you started:

 

OneDrive
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Teams
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OneNote
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What is it?

A tool for sharing online document editing and collaboration.

A seamless platform to create a space for collaboration and communication with students.

OneNote Class Notebook is a digital notebook for the whole class to store text, images, handwritten notes, attachments, links, voice, video, and more.

Try these functions:

file sharing/

document creation and editing/ review and comments @mention/

team/ channel/ file tabs/ assignment tab (in classroom type of team)/

conversations tab/ private and group chat/calendar, meetings, and record meeting, screen sharing.

student notebooks/

content library/

collaboration space

How can it change the way you teach?

 

 

 

Collaborative projects.

 

cloud environment of collaboration. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
assign projects to individual or group of students. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
monitor students’ contribution to group work. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
seamless environment of collaboration. Cross icon Tick icon Tick icon

Participation.

 

level opportunities to contribute for students. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon

Lectures, seminars and meetings.

 

seamless notetaking. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
keep everyone in the loop without endless emails/link sending. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
set up a video call with a group of demonstrators, research students, or undergrads. Cross icon Tick icon Cross icon
keep everyone in the loop without endless emails/link sending. Cross icon Tick icon Tick icon
add your slides, images, notes and handouts. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon

Assessment, assignments & feedback.

 

can create, assign, collect, and give feedback on assignments. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
create and assign folders for individual or group of students. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
students submit work. Tick icon Tick icon Tick icon
create, save and use rubrics. Cross icon Tick icon Tick icon
create a private space for individual students. Cross icon Tick icon Tick icon

Where do you even start?

LinkedIn Learning Course:
Learning OneDrive
Get started with OneDrive

LinkedIn Learning Course:
Microsoft Teams Essential Training
Check Microsoft Teams for Education training videos.

LinkedIn Learning Course:
OneNote Essential Training (Office 365)
Check OneNote Getting Started

Remember: It is your responsibility to manage who can see or edit the information you store in Office 365 apps such as OneDrive, Teams and SharePoint.

Sway

An interactive web-based canva. Some ideas of how you can use it in:

Teaching

  • Engaging, interactive class materials.
  • Best practice sharing with colleagues.
  • Supplemental material for seminars/workshops.
  • Class project recap.
  • Flipped learning tool.
  • Lectures.

Assessment

Try: Slideshows, Photostacks, Comparisons, Embedding YouTube videos, sketchfab 3D content, maps and soundclips.

Where do you even start?

LinkedIn Learning Course: Sway Essential Training and check Sway for Education