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.
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!
[Deleted User] commented
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.
J. Palmer commented
As many have already said, a class "dashboard" would be something to see the most important things for the class at a glance. The next few assignments due, Maybe the most recent few posts or additions to the Team. Maybe a spot for teacher contact info/office hours. I also like the idea of being able to pin things to the dashboard.
I would use a dashboard feature to "pin" important messages, would like to see upcoming calendar for the day, channels that have new announcements, etc. A landing page with a one stop shop would be amazing! It's confusing to open as it does now and is intimidating for new users.
Brian Cargnelli commented
What about using a share point landing page as the first page. Bake it into teams options. I already can set it as a tab. Make the tab options as what the teacher wants. Some may want class notebook as first page, others may want the conversations. More options please.
The dashboard can feature a Welcome message for new members where teachers can leave directions/file/video of how the yeam works. An agenda that lists upcoming due dates from assignments/calendar. An announcement board where I can post a day or weekly message that is archived into files/conversation/ tab so students can see old posts.
Would it be possible to use some of the functionality already available in Teams with the help of Sharepoint to create a dashboard, a member of our instructional Team came up with a mock up. He was able to create a SharePoint page using some of the options in Teams. Ideally, a user friendly interface that would allow teachers to customize labelled areas such as Todo's,Upcoming Assignments, or even the ability to display modules for assignments. We need and all in one landing page.
Julie Langston commented
When my sixth graders select our class tile from their list of classes, it opens to our class conversation. That's not helpful for a sixth grader. It would be MORE helpful if it opened to a page with directions from the teacher. For example, the teacher could post instructions for the day/week. Almost like a PowerPoint slide with Classwork for the day, homework for the week, bell work, the daily goal and any important instructions students need to follow.
If not a dashboard, then at least a homepage which provides a description of what the team is all about. Why are we forced to have a General Channel when that channel does not fulfill this need and cannot be renamed? Why are we forced to have the HUGE "welcome to the team" graphic at the top of the posts tab taking up a ton of space that could be used for something valuable to the team.
Dean Verstegen commented
Anyone at Microsoft notice that the thread I'm commenting into right now has the most recent posts first?
Hello? Any signs of intelligent life out out there in Washington?
Thomas V. commented
Any updates about this?? This is a crucial feature for newcomers into a Team!!