This is a brief guide how to schedule a MS Teams meeting, tutorial, seminar or lecture for up 300 participants and email those participants a simple link to join the seminar.
Whilst it is possible to use MS Teams in a current browser and schedule meetings this way, particularly the participation in meetings will not be fully featured. As such, if at all possible, it is strongly recommended for all meeting participants to download the Teams client in order to participate in a meeting.
Please note that the functionality for a participant to use a normal phone to dial into a Teams meeting is not enabled by default. Please get in touch with IT if you think this would be useful for your meeting.
- Download and install Microsoft Teams:
- After starting Teams for the first time, type in a university email address. The system just recognises the ox.ac.uk ending and redirects to the university SSO login page.
- Login using your SSO
- Click on "Calendar"
- Click on "New Meeting" on the upper right corner
- On the next screen, give the meeting a title
Add the attendees, either by using the autocompletion of university member names (ie start typing a part of their name and wait for it to offer you to choose from a list of university members) or by pasting in email addresses of external participants. Unfortunately you can only add one external participant at a time, but you can also get a link to the meeting that you can e-mail instead. See instructions further down.
Note you will need to add at least one attendee in order to be able to follow the guide to the end. If you don't want to add anyone else you can use your own external email address (ie not an address ending in ox.ac.uk). If you don't have one, or would rather not use your personal account, you can use the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Specify the date/time and repeating pattern
- Click "Send"
- Go back to the calendar and click on the meeting you've just created.
- Select "Meeting options"on top
- This will bring up your web browser [you may have to login again with your Maths email address and your SSO account], where you can select the following:
- "Who can bypass the lobby?" For teaching "People in my organisation" should be sufficient and would protect against gatecrashers. For seminars with external participants, you will have to select "Everyone" - This ensures that everyone can participate even if the organiser is unavailable on the day.
"Select presenters for this meeting". If the presenter is external, select "Everyone", otherwise if the presenter is internal, select "Specific People" and choose the presenter. The meeting organiser can always present.,
If you want to email out a joining link to people then you can right click on "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" in the description field and select "Copy Link" and you can now paste it into an email etc.
- Click "Close"on the top right