Microsoft Teams

Teams is a collection of applications to assist you when collaborating, communicating, sharing files and ideas with your colleagues. Microsoft Teams meetings support up to 250 concurrent attendees, including the ability to have audio, video, content sharing, whiteboards, and shared notes.

We’ve created a self-paced training course in Canvas, where you can explore tutorials and even collect your ATS Teams Training Completion badges! Enroll at or browse the curated list of tutorials below to learn more about how Microsoft Teams can help drive productivity and collaboration.

Basic Terminology

Teams: A communication platform offering various tools including chat, videoconferencing, file storage, application integration, group workspace collaboration, and sharing information.

Channel: A focused area that the Team owner creates for specialized projects, disciplines, topics, and/or subgroups of team members. Channels can be private or public and have many of the features of the general Team.

Post: Create an announcement/link/information to be sent to all members of the Team.

Apps: These are add-on applications that let you do more in Teams. New York Tech has added the following apps: MS Forms, Stream, Tasks by Planner, List, Sway, Bookings, One Note, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF

How to Access Teams

  • If you are on campus: Teams will be pushed to your desktop computer
  • For your New York Tech laptop: Please bring your device to campus to have the software and security updates installed:
    • Long Island: Harry Schure Hall, 2nd Floor Lab
    • New York City: 1855 Broadway, Room 703
    • Vancouver: 2925 Virtual Way, Suite 310, Room 3140
  • For mobile devices or for your desktop: Go to Download Microsoft Teams and select the work or school option.

How to Request a Team

  • You can request a Team for your course(s) by submitting a ticket at

How-to Videos

Teams Applications

One Note and Teams

Using Whiteboarding and Teams

Microsoft Forms

Accessibility in Microsoft Teams

Hosting Accessible Meetings with Teams

Live Captioning:

Muting Yourself: Background noise can impair the accuracy of automatic closed captioning and the use of screen readers. As a participant, mute yourself when you are not speaking.

Identify Yourself: When you attend meetings with anyone that is hearing or visually impaired, identify yourself before speaking. This allows those who rely on captions, interpreters, or only audio to be aware of who is speaking at a given point in time. Meeting hosts should encourage this of their participants.

Virtual Backgrounds: Avoid using a virtual background that contains motion or flashing images. These backgrounds can adversely impact those with epilepsy, migraines, or motion sickness. It is best to use a static image or the blurred background features when using a virtual background.

Screen Readers:

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Additional Resources