Microsoft Teams is a tool that allows you to virtually collaborate with classmates and your professor. All KU faculty, staff, and students have access to Microsoft Teams as part Office 365. Communication can be chat (text-based), audio, or video.

Step 1: Access Microsoft Teams in Office 365

Microsoft Teams can be accessed by navigating to


First click “Sign in.”


Enter your full KU email address and click “Next.” You may be directed to the KU single sign-on page at this point. If so, enter your KU login information. If not, enter your KU password in the Microsoft login page and click “Sign In.”





Select “Teams” from the list of available Office apps. If you don’t see Teams listed, you may need to click “All apps.”




Step 2: Download and install Microsoft Teams Desktop Application

Once Teams application is loaded in your browser, you will need to download the desktop application for full capabilities. The browser version of Teams (Chrome, Firefox, edge, etc.) does not currently support video calling.


To download and install Teams, click the “Download desktop application” button in the bottom left corner of the Teams interface.



Finally, follow the prompts to download and install the desktop application on your computer.


Step 3: Start a Chat

To start a new presentation, you must first open the Teams application to start a chat with the individuals who will participate in the presentation. Important: currently, there must be at least three users in a chat room to record.


Select “Chat” from the left column of available tools. Then click “New Chat.”



In the “To” field, start typing the name or KU email address of the individuals you want to invite. Once all names have been added, press the “Enter” key on your keyboard to create the chat. Important: you will only be able to add individuals with a current KU email address



You can now use the chat tool to communicate via text with other users until you’re ready to begin the video call.


Step 4: Start a Video Call

Click the “video call” button to initiate the call to all invited users.