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  1. Integrate Assignments with calendar

    It would be very useful for communication with parents to get a link of the dates assignments that they can add in their Phone Calendar (or Outlook calendar,...). Students also love to be able to see that on their phone home screen. No excuses...! ;)

    When an assignment is created in a class, it only shows up in the assignment tab within that class. In Classroom when an assignment was created it also showed in the students’ calendars. This would be a great addition especially if students are in multiple classes they’ll be able to see all their assignments in…

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    planned  ·  79 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Show more than 4 videos of multiple participants in a meeting/call and change video layouts in Team Meeting - ie, 5+1, 9+1, 2x2, 8+2 etc

    I would like to be able to see video from all participants in a meeting/ call at the same time. Currently in a Teams call, we can only see a few participants video stream even if there are many more on the call.

    945 votes
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    131 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on supporting more than 4 videos in a Teams meeting. We don’t have a date to share or exact number of videos to support showing at once, but will update as we get closer to completion. Stay tuned!

    Feel free to share the # of students / videos you would need in comments. Also – feel free to follow this item in the main UV forum – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/17010055.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  3. 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 ...

    547 votes
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    27 comments  ·  Teams & Channels  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  4. notify me (the teacher) when a student turns in an assignment

    As a teacher of 7 different classes, I have to go into each assignment individually to see when students turn in assignments. This is very time-consuming! Please allow me to set up a notification when a student turns in an assignment.

    519 votes
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    57 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Revert Assignments Format

    Keep the original teams assignment format where we would see all the assignments in one place for all classes. With this new format we have to enter into select classes to see assignments, making it very difficult and inconvenient. Please change back to the old format! It helps all of us stay organized by seeing all the assignments in one screen.

    512 votes
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    120 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you all for your feedback and comments, we hear you loud and clear. 
     
    To best support our Microsoft 365 Education customers worldwide and accommodate the new growth and demand during these unprecedented times we have made a temporary change to the Assignments functionality when accessing from the Assignments tab on the left app bar. When growth stabilizes, we will absolutely revisit the implications of this design and determine the best course of action based on input from you, our community of educators and students. 

    Thank you so much for sharing your feedback and for your understanding. Please know that our engineering team is working around the clock to make sure everyone around the world can learn using Microsoft Teams.

    You can view more information about this new functionality here: https://support.office.com/article/view-and-navigate-your-assignments-student-a206bde9-8bb3-4e38-a745-0f9a6f9eb6ce.

  6. Add a global admin setting for the default role of meeting attendee

    If you want to make meeting attendees Participants by default (so that they can't present, mute you and remove from a meeting), then you have to manually change meeting options of a particular meeting and set "Who can present?". Today this option can't be set globally by default in Teams admin center. Please add this feature.

    506 votes
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    55 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Turn in assignments on behalf of in Teams for EDU.

    Teachers need a way to turn in an assignment on behalf of students who for some reason aren't able to turn it in themselves, or at least change the status to delivered.

    429 votes
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    46 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for all of the feedback around this feature! We are reviewing what the best path forward is for this.

    Just so everyone knows in the meantime, teachers can absolutely review any student attached or distributed work in Assignments even if students have not clicked the ‘Turn in’ button. Some of the comments also mention that the work might not be done digitally and submitted a different way, students can also Turn in the assignment without attaching any files/resources or can use the Teams mobile app to take a photo of their paper-based work to submit digitally.

    Finally, when you return the assignment as a teacher (even without the student turning in) the feedback loop is also closed. Hope this helps.

  8. "Wait in lobby" for student (participants) in scheduled meetings

    In order to use scheduled meetings for teaching is necessary that the meeting organizer can force student to "wait in lobby" if they try to enter the meeting before the teacher.

    In my case, students are part of the organization, they are not guests. For this reason, this functionality for my school is not possible.

    The possibility to force participants (even if part of the organization) in the lobby is necessary, because otherwise students could use the scheduled meeting to enter by their own and talk privately without the teacher.

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    40 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    1. Thanks again for your feedback on this. The team has begun working on an option requiring everyone other than the meeting organizer to go thru the lobby. The option will be available per meeting. We will continue to evaluate our best option to release with increased priority.
    1. If, in addition to a per meeting control, you are looking for admin level control to prevent students from starting any meeting or any calls without educators present, and want to apply this control regardless of whether a meeting organizer remembers to change the lobby option, please vote on this UV item – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39962347

    Thank you so much for your time and effort to help us prioritize and improve the product experience for you.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  9. Please allow the upload of Folders. Not just a file.

    We would like to be able to move folders from other areas to the File section of Teams. To create a folder and then upload files to it is too much work, especially if we have several levels of folders within folders.

    359 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Files & Class Materials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Track student attendance within Teams

    Everything is so cool, I love it, but could be possible to add a tab to keep track of the students attendance?

    351 votes
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    35 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi all, thanks for the feedback thus far on attendance tracking.

    We would love further details from you to better understand what you are looking for in an attendance tracking feature and to address this as fast as possible:

    1. Are you looking to “add a tab”? (original request)
    2. Are you looking for a Gradebook-like experience to track student attendance throughout the class?
    3. Will this be used primarily for online classes and online training, or needed for physical classrooms too?
    4. If you would like the ability to download the student attendance list from within a Teams meeting, could you please upvote this related UserVoice feedback: https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/599053/suggestions/39969796

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  11. Hard mute students in a meeting (so they cannot unmute themselves)

    Teachers should be able to mute students voices in a way that they cannot dis activate. This could be used for lecture. Or to stop students interrupting on purpose.

    315 votes
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    59 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Remove "Staff Notebook" from Microsoft Teams for Education

    I am not sure if this is a bug or not but we are using Microsoft Teams educational licenses. We want to use the Teams for our internal staff departments first. For some reason the setup of teams includes extra educational features like it force creates a OneNote tab called "Staff Notebook" in the General channel of each team. the OneNote includes a lot of classroom type customization that we do not want/need. Our departments have their own OneNotes. I cannot delete Staff Notebook tab or even rename it. I can add and delete other OneNotes but we want a…

    314 votes
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    53 comments  ·  UX & Design  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone! If you do not want to use the OneNote Staff Notebook or any of the other default tabs across the various team types, we suggest creating an ‘Anyone’ team instead.

    The ‘Anyone’ team will not include any add-ons by default and gives you the flexibility to use Teams however you would like. We understand that there are so many other ways you can use Teams that does not fit the Class/PLC/Staff team template. So ‘Anyone’ will be your best option!

    More information on the different team types in Teams for Education can be found here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/choose-a-team-type-to-collaborate-in-microsoft-teams-0a971053-d640-4555-9fd7-f785c2b99e67

    Feel free to reply back here if you have additional feedback.

    Thank you!
    Justin

  13. Download attendance list in a Teams meeting

    Download an attendance list from a Teams meeting

    309 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on this feature, and will update again as we get closer to releasing. Meanwhile, feel free to share how you’d use the list for, and what information do you need in the list.

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  14. LaTeX math input

    Allow LaTeX math input into the Teams interface for Education customers.

    Currently Edmodo allows some simple LaTeX code (as complex as those that amsmath package recognises!)

    301 votes
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    36 comments  ·  Messaging  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. LTI Integration

    With Teams replacing Class Notebook, there is a focus to use this in Education. If Teams worked with LTI, it would allow Learning Management Systems such as Moodle and Canvas to assign users to a Team through direct single sign on. This creates a more seamless experience for students and decreases the amount of admin needed to get them in.

    Further to this, each group inside an LMS could be given a separate team or private channel in Teams to Collaborate. This would be massively beneficial for Education.

    295 votes
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    54 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks to all of your feedback and thanks to our partners and their tireless efforts, we’ve made it possible for you to now set up a Microsoft Teams meeting for your online classroom directly from within your learning management system (LMS).

    This new capability allows you to quickly enable remote learning for your students and faculty by bringing the power of Teams directly into your LMS. We already have integrations launched across the world’s top LMSs; Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace, Schoology, and itsLearning!

    Learn more about these new integrations and get started today here; https://educationblog.microsoft.com/en-us/2020/03/microsoft-teams-meeting-creation-now-available-in-canvas-blackboard-schoology-brightspace-and-itslearning/

    The best part is this is only the beginning because as Teams evolves, we’ll continue to improve our LMS integrations as well. Thank you!

  16. Group calendar visible in Teams with Calendar Tab in Teams

    I see that a group calendar shows up in Outlook online when a group is created in Teams. Could this calendar be accessible directly from Teams?

    291 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Calendar  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The team is making progress on showing Office 365 group calendars in Teams. We will share more details as we have them.

    Meanwhile, feel free to share what types of meetings do you create in the group calendars for classes and staff?

    Gordon Chang from Teams

  17. Make Class Materials folder accessible through Teams mobile apps

    Currently the Class Materials read only folder is not accessible in Teams IOS app

    280 votes
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    69 comments  ·  Files & Class Materials  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m very happy to announce that the Class Materials folder is now available on iOS devices! Go to the Microsoft Teams app for iPhone and iPad to now see the Class Materials folder.

    Android support will follow shortly over the coming weeks.

  18. Incorporate "Take a Test" app into Teams

    Add the functionality of "Take a Test" app into Teams by using Office 365 account. You can use Office 365 login to create a profile on the machine that only allows single application to run. The teacher could then assign a test to a class and would allow for student monitoring by the teacher thru the Office 365 connection.

    272 votes
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    7 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Raise Hands in Team

    The teachers in Hong Kong have been using Teams and OneNote to teach virtually at home during class suspension since early February. It’d be very useful if students are allowed to raise hands to ask a Q during meetings. So, teachers can be alerted and can provide instant feedback to individual students instead of being disrupted or not being aware of individual needs. Thank you very much!

    270 votes
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    11 comments  ·  Meetings, Calling & Devices  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. Group Assignments

    Sometimes I like to have my students turn in their assignment as a group, so I only read and grade one paper from a group of 3 or 4 students. It would be great if Teams Assignments could support that. So that either the students or the teacher (or best them both) can choose who this assignment is for/from.

    Hope it makes sense?

    261 votes
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    under review  ·  30 comments  ·  Assignments & Grades  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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