How Teams can help your students Prepare, Participate and Practise

The 3Ps Learning Framework at UWE helps students understand how to get the most out of their learning journey. It gives you and your students a shared language about what is happening when you ask them to engage with their learning.

Microsoft Teams supports learning experiences that are learner-centred, collaborative and practice-led. Whether it is making sure your students can find all the resources they need, facilitating discussion, or helping your students test their knowledge and ideas, Teams can provide useful tools.


Preparation helps a student bridge the gap between where they are and where they need to be to make the most of an activity, taught session, or group project. It might require gaining new knowledge or skills, or it may be about ensuring they have the support, tools and course information they need.

How do I help my students find resources, information and support for their course?

How can I check my students’ initial understanding of a topic?

How can I encourage my students to start thinking about a topic?

  • Students have their own sections within your Class Notebook. Get them to make notes on a resource you have provided, or distribute a worksheet to them.
  • Encourage students to respond to a prompt using the text chat in a Team channel.


Participation is about building a deeper understanding through shared experience. Teams is great for this because it lets students communicate with each other and with you.

How can I build community?

  • Use icebreakers to let your students get to know each other. There are lots of way to do this; run a poll in a Team channel, get students to post photos in response to a prompt, use a whiteboard for a class activity, and more.
  • Consider setting up a channel for students to use to socialise after class – where they can send messages to each other or even have video calls.

How can I get students to share ideas?

  • Use the collaboration space in your Class Notebook.
  • Set up discussion groups within your Team – create a channel for each group to chat and share files, or create sections with different permissions for different students in the Class Notebook.
  • In an online session, create breakout rooms so that students can have small group discussions.
  • Add a whiteboard as a tab in one of the channels in your Team.
  • Embed a Padlet by adding it as a website tab to your channel.

How can I enhance my face-to-face sessions to be more participative?

If you are in a computer lab or TEAL room, or if students can bring their own devices, you can use various tools in Teams to help students collaborate during in-person sessions. For example:

  • Use a whiteboard for brainstorming.
  • Use a Teams meeting for screen sharing.
  • Do co-writing – you can create a new shared document straight into the Files section of one of your channels using the +New button.


Practice helps to embed knowledge and skills, and allows students to adapt what they have learnt to their own contexts.

How can I give my students authentic experiences?

Because Teams is not just used in education, it can be a great way for students to practice working as a team as they might in the workplace. Students can use Teams to meet, allocate work to different members of the group, keep track of deadlines, share resources and more.

  • Consider setting assignments which require long-term planning, group work, presentations, report writing and evaluation.
  • Act as the ‘client’ specifying project outcomes.
  • You can add external speakers as guests to the Team.

How can I make sure my students get regular feedback?

  • Use MS Forms within your Team to set automatically graded quizzes.
  • Make use of peer feedback. Students can share drafts in Teams and add comments, either by using the Review tools in MS Word or by making comments that appear in the channel’s posts.
  • Create rubrics to help students self- and peer-assess work.

How can I help my students apply their knowledge in new situations?

  • Use peer groups to get students to set each other problems.
  • Consider adding categories to your assignments to align them with learning objectives. This may help students understand the skills they are developing and see how they could be applied elsewhere.

If your module includes a work experience or placement element, Teams is a great way for students to stay in touch with each other and with you while away from campus.


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