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A Guide to Your PAL Sessions: Using MS Teams

A guide for Level 4 students to find out more about their PAL sessions and how to access them.

intro to teams

Introduction to MS Teams

The platform your PAL Leader  will be using to run your PAL Sessions will be Microsoft Teams. The Central PAL Team will invite you to your Microsoft Team - which will be grouped per department - as well as inviting you to your dedicated seminar channel where you will attend your PAL session. 


On this page, you will find guidance on how to use this platform (including short tutorial videos). For guidance on how to access your own PAL sessions, please see here: Accessing your Online PAL Sessions

Microsoft's guide to Teams for students

Microsoft have published a guide on using Teams specifically for students and people in education: Microsoft Teams education guide.

This guide has more information on signing in, using channels, uploading posts and files, notifications, calls, and the toolbar. 

Navigating the tool bar

In this short video below you will see instructions on how to use the toolbar on Teams. 

We've mentioned in the 'Etiquette' section that your PAL Leader may wish for you to use functions such as 'raise your hand' or 'mute'. For information on how to use these functions, please see the linked video below.

Teams Etiquette

Your PAL Leader might chose to set up some rules around etiquette in your online sessions. Some common things might be:

  • Muting yourself if you're not talking (this avoids multiple people talking over each other, as well as background noise and connectivity issues).
  • Using the 'Raise your hand' function if you would like to speak.

Look out for any rules your PAL Leader wishes to try out, and please respect them to help the session run smoothly and efficiently.

Download the app

Some of you may have already used Teams for University work, but for those who haven't here are a few tips on how to use it.

There are two ways in which you can access Teams, via the webpage and also as an app. We recommend that you download to app to access Teams, which you can do through this link. Once you have downloaded Teams, you will need to sign in using your Univerity Login. 

Below is a tutorial video on the basics of using Teams. 

An Overview of Teams

Some of you may have already used Teams for University work, but for those who haven't here are a few tips on how to use it.

There are two ways in which you can access Teams, via the webpage and also as an app. We recommend that you download the app to access Teams, which you can do through this link. Once you have downloaded Teams, you will need to sign in using your University Login. 

Above is a video tutorial on using Teams.