This article will explain how to join and participate in a virtual PBL or synchronous session via Microsoft Teams. Please click on the below sub-sections for guidance.
There are a number of ways you can access your Team collaboration space, depending on whether you are using a web browser or the desktop / mobile app. For further details, please visit our help page by clicking on the following link; accessing Teams.
- If applicable select the Virtual PBL Team – these may be named Virtual PBL Year 1, Virtual PBL Year 2, Virtual Teaching PA, or Gateway Team (Gateway Teams are usually named in line with the modules).
- Within the Virtual PBL team select your group (channel). By default your channel will have two sections; Posts and Files.
- Click the Posts tab at the top of the screen and find the scheduled PBL session (virtual meeting) or other planned live session.
- Click into the meeting to view the details, then click Join. Prior to joining the meeting you will be asked to configure your audio and video settings.
- Click Join Now to enter the meeting.
Teams allows you to share your entire desktop, an application window, or PowerPoint presentations within an active meeting.
- From an active meeting, click the Share button.
- Select what you want to share – choose from your desktop, application windows, PowerPoints, or browse to a file you’d like to show.
- Please click on the following link for further guidance on sharing; screen sharing in Teams.
Within a Teams meeting you might wish to change your audio and video settings. If you have a poor internet connection to a virtual meeting, it would be worth turning off the video element of the call. This should improve your connection to the session.
You may also want to mute your microphone whilst you are interacting with the session. This will mute any unnecessary background noise.
Not happy with your backdrop in a video meeting? Try background blur. You will appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed.
- To turn on background blur during a meeting, click More options (three dots) and then Blur my Background.
Teams lets you share and edit documents collaboratively. This means several members of your PBL group can edit the same document in real-time. We recommend each session that the PBL scribe creates a document for note taking. This file will be automatically saved in the Files area and will be accessible to all students.
To create a file, follow these instructions:
- Click on the Files tab.
- From the Files area, click New.
- From the drop-down menu, select the type of document (Word, Excel etc.) you would like to create. All members of the group can now contribute and collaborate on the document.