Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a powerful collaborative environment and is designed to house groups of users in an environment where they can schedule and host video calls, create threads of text conversation, share and collaborate on documents and make recordings. Explore the page below to see how the use of Microsoft Teams can contribute to your course program.

The latest news about the use of Microsoft Teams at Leiden University can be found at the help desk portal page.

  • All employees and all students of Leiden University, have access to MS Teams through Office 365. Staff and students can login to Teams using their ULCN accounts. Note, this is not your email address, but rather your ULCN username & ULCN password.
  • Guest employees, those with a temporary status, visiting scholars, etc, do not automatically have a Teams account. These users can request an account through ISSC HelpDesk. Guest lecturers and others without an UCLN account can be added to a MS Teams using their email address.
  • Currently, all staff of LU can use Microsoft Teams. Teams can contain up to 10,000 members. Up to 300 people can join a single video call. Calls can be scheduled ahead of time or launched in the moment.
  • Chat, channels, and documents functionality to have students collaborate with each other.
  • Breakout rooms in a video call or multiple channels in one team for small interactive sessions or discussions.
  • (Video) calls for large interactive sessions or guest speakers.
  • (Video) calls for one-on-one conversations or oral exams.
  • Lecture capture to record lectures.
  • Sign in: All employees of Leiden University, and all students, can login to Teams using their ULCN accounts. Note, this is not your email address, but rather your ULCN username & ULCN password.
    • For example, for a staff member, or for a student.
  • Private vs. public: When you create a new Team, this will automatically be a private Team. This means that only invited Office 365 users can join the Team and only they can see the information that is shared within the Team. As a teacher, you need to add the students manually to the Team. However, there is always the possibility to change it to a public Team. That means that all information from that Team (chats, documents) is shared with all students and staff of Leiden University.
  • Import users to a Team: There are two ways to import users into Teams: Either create a code or link that can be used to join a Team. Or add users manually. Students will appear in the user search. When using a link, note that anyone with this link can enter the Team. You cannot prevent users from joining. See this blog on Troll Control.
  • Setting up calls: You can either launch or schedule calls directly from within the Team or Channel environment, or you can use the Calendar Tab to schedule calls. In some instances of Outlook you can also create a link for a call in Teams from within the event. See this tutorial for how to schedule in Microsoft Teams. It is very important to check your connectivity setup when launching video calls. Most technical issues in calls are caused by user-end connectivity – see this guide for advice and keep in mind that performance issues are always possible.
  • Hosting the call: Microsoft Teams supports (video) calls using audio and, when preferred, video for up to 300 participants. You will see a maximum of 49 other participants on screen and can use the presenters mode to pin one speaker.
  • Using tools: During the call, there are several tools and tips you can use:
    • Every (video) call creates a dedicated chat where participants and moderators can discuss, ask questions and/or help each other when needed. You can also share links. This chat remains available later through the channel that was used (if the meeting was started within a channel) or in Chat tab (if the call was otherwise).
    • Group sizes over 25 benefit greatly from moderation. Moderators help process, order, and answer questions, keep excess audio and video noise to a minimum, and can manage audience engagement.
    • During the call you can create Breakout Rooms or share your screen with others. For example to give a presentation or show non-shared files. While sharing your screen, others in the call can also see the presenter. That means you could share slides while remaining visible to students.
    • Check with your ICTO coordinator what polling tools are accessible in your faculty.
    • From within a call, you can choose the “Start Recording”. When making a recording, additional microphone and webcam inputs can be used. The recording will capture your webcam as well as a screen you wish to share. Note, however, that the recording will always capture the entire Teams interface, including toolbars & tabs within Teams, as well as video and audio of others within the call. It will be stored locally for 21 Days. For long-term storage, download the file locally and upload it to the Kaltura Video Portal.


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The ISSC helpdesk with information, suggestions, and documents about Microsoft Teams

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Support site Microsoft >>

The support website from Microsoft about Microsoft Teams


To get more detailed information about setting up MS Teams you can visit the staff website.

  1. The search method
    You can add others by searching their student numbers or last name, one person at a time. Consult this manual for more information.
  2. Share a team code or link
    You can generate a team code or direct link for your students. This method is faster than "search method", but also has some security risks as people with the code and/or link could enter your team.

Consult this manual for more information about both options.

No, this is not possible at the moment.

While in time bulk upload might be technically possible ISSC is not able to support bulk upload of students at this time, as a reliable script can not be developed and tested under current capacity and prioritisation. This may change in the future. However ISSC can create a large number of MS teams if they have the names of the owners.

The recommended option for use as mentor groups, or any private group for now is:

  1. Follow these instructions to create a code for getting access and send that to your students as an invite, and let them enrol.
  2. Next step is to create private channels for each group and have the mentor or tutor add the students to this group. This manual action is limited in burden as it only concerns approximately 15 people.

Note: unsupported third party (non-Microsoft) plugins exist for bulk upload. We advise against using them, as this requires some technical knowledge of the staff undertaking it. ISSC can not assist with the upload, unexpected side effects may happen, such as students not being added with their UCLN account, and such scripts might stop working on MS Teams without advance notice.

During a meeting, you can copy the link to that meeting from the participants list to share with others via mail.

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