Dashboard rather than Conversation as the home page of each Team
Rather than see a conversation as the starting point of each Team, I'd like to see a dashboard. That is, recent conversation activity, Assessments due, calendar events, recent files, homework reminders etc ...
Thank you all for your continued feedback on this feature! We are still evaluating options, so for now the ‘Posts’ tab remains the default first tab for every team.
Great suggestions so far in the comments, but please do continue to share how you would use this feature so we can better understand the use case for our planning.
This would be great!
Isaiah Welch commented
A dashboard with everything I need to know at a glance would be very useful. Things I'd say would be good to add would be a calendar that shows you what is coming up in your day, a condensed assignments list that features what is due the soonest, a notification centre that shows you any activity in your Teams and chats, and maybe even a little message of encouragement to keep you going.
Hillary Einziger commented
It would be great if there was a way to post announcements in a dashboard like that, separately from the "General" conversations. I've kind of found a work-around by making the General channel so that only I can post there, and that's where I post announcements, and then if students have questions or anything, I set up a separate channel for discussions where anyone can post, but a lot of students seem to not remember that the discussion channel exists.
HM PEMS RJY commented
This feature is very much needed in teams. Instead of changing the tabs for each and every information, it is better to have a dashboard with an overview of all options and to check an option to view the detail of it. Under review posted on 3rd of April, 2020. Still now completed. Very pity.
Yes, the conversation page is so confusing - it's like wading through a refuse bin of random scraps. Why can't there be a simple dashboard?
Look at something like Canvas - my home page there has a short 'recent announcements' block, an 'overdue assignments' that populates with assignments a student has not turned in on time yet, an 'upcoming assignments' block that populates with assignments that are due soon that a student still needs to turn in, and an 'assignments' block that actually links to all the units and assignments within them. It's an overview spot that organizes the entire class and students can see all the most important information they need in one place when they log in. THAT is what Teams needs. Desperately.
I'm a parent. Took way longer than it should have to figure out how to join a class in progress. Should just be a "Next class begins at..." Or "Join class in session" button. I've had to talk several others through the process of actually finding the teacher teaching and it just shouldn't be that hard. Calendar vs. planner?
Leslie Farquhar commented
I created a Bitmoji classroom that I want to make the default page, so when my students log into Teams they get a nice warm welcome instead of computer form-type page. Really want the option for the user to decide which page is the default page.
I use the class notebook as the "landing page" for students and will just have to train students to ignore the posts tab and go there first. This is because the landing page needs to have static information - announcements, the daily lesson, resources, contact information, a calendar, and an assignment schedule - and the posts tab is just not meant for that. So why can't we just be allowed to reorder the default tabs? Why are they stuck in the order they're in? If we could just move them ourselves, we could create our own dashboard in whatever tab we want.
I tell my students to ignore the Posts tab. It serves no purpose. If not a dashboard, at least give us the ability to move ALL tabs in the order we want them. Or at the very least, let us customize the top of the Posts tab to have a immovable graphic or announcement.
Mary Douthitt commented
I'd like to be able to Pin a graphic with instructions for using the Team - like a Bitmoji class .png with clickable links. My announcements need to stay put. When students comment, the announcement scrolls away. I teach special education and the online environment needs to be visual and uncluttered. The dashboard idea would help IMMENSELY!
Now we have the beautiful templates for class team sharepoint home we could use that as the homepage perhaps!?
When my students open the Team I would like the first thing they see to be the daily announcements about current assignments and weekly schedule on the page. This page should be able to be customized, so teachers can post what they want on this opening page. The channels could then be on the side where they could click the general channel and whatever other channels I have set-up for the team.
Teams for education has such a cluttered appearance, and looks unprofessional. The first thing students need to see is a home page with teacher messages, rather than an ever-scrolling list of whatever someone posts. I want my kids to see my message, and not have it move upwards every time a change occurs or someone posts a comment. Plus, those changes should not live on perpetually - give us all the ability to delete notices of every change that is made. Make Teams work like Moodle!!
Chris thomas commented
I think tat creating a standard dashboard would frustrate many teachers as we are approaching Teams fro different directions.Id love a tiled approach where there is one tile for assignments, one for channels etc where each tile could be customised
Thank you very much for your greatly appreciated work!
The dashboard should provide quick access (one click/tap) to the most frequently used functionalities by students and teachers respectively. It should appear at the top level on the user's Teams account (instead of teams tiles).
- dashboard home button always accessible, leading directly to dashboard
- one single inbox containing all assignments and planner tasks from all teams with filter and sort options (sender, title, date assigned, due date, tag, unread, working on, handed-in, graded); handing-in own files by adding them to assignments should be prominently visible (not tiny plus)
- curriculum progress bar per goal, e.g. fulfilled assignments and quizes from all teams belonging to a specific curriculum goal
- calendar with ability to display and hide multiple calendars (assignments and planner tasks from all teams, personal planning, lesson timetables, school events, ...) in individual mode, overlay mode and side-by-side-mode
- bulletin board showing important messages and announcements from all teams in full; auto-scrolling/auto-sliding through all posted messages on the board; customizable expiry date for each message
- "message center" containing a quick-access list of all types of messages from all teams and sources (teams chats, posts on teams channels, emails, ...) which are directed at the recipient (personal, member of a group, member of a team, @-mentionned, etc.) with filter and sort options (date, unread, sender, title, type of message, flagged, ...)
- "call center" -> calling individual persons/groups/ad-hoc meetings on teams channels, joining scheduled team meetings, joining ad-hoc meetings on teams channels, joining ongoing group calls (which the user is a member of)
- materials and information repository -> all teams AND all OneNote notebooks directly accessible by list/tiles with filter and sort options (name, frequently used, lockable user-defined order, ...)
As an elementary teacher, the kids are used to looking at our schedule and morning message board when they come in. A dashboard/homepage with ability to link would be a great "one stop shop" for kids. One place to see all their daily info!
1. 3-4 To Do assignments
2. Teacher homepage with information for the teacher to customize
Becky Gentile commented
Especially with remote learning, teachers need a way to provide the most useful information to their students on the opening page. This is DOUBLY true for elementary and intermediaate students and classes in K12 environments. When we are discussing engagement for younger users, we cannot expect them to "hunt" for the information they need. SharePoint is a very flexible platform, and we should be able to create this type of environment with - calendar, most recent activity, assignments due soon etc on this Dashboard. If you want widespread adoption in K12, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make it easy for our kids. This app still screams developed for business users even in and EDU tenant.