There are multiple avenues for learning how to use Office 365 for communication and collaboration. Training and/or learning resources available at Penn State include:
- ITLD (IT Learning and Development)
- LRN (Learning Resource Network)
- Bits and Tips (Short informational or how-to videos for Office 365 and other software applications)
In addition, other resources are available for learning Office 365. These resources, listed below, are organized alphabetically by the title of the software application. (Exception: The broad topic of Office 365 is listed first.)
Office 365 Training - Spring 2020
Lindsey Troyanoski, a Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State, provided a series of training sessions to the Penn State community. Each of those sessions were about 1 hour in length. The sessions provided by Lindsey are listed below under the appropriate topic heading.
Overview of Office 365
This session is an overview of commonly used applications in Office 365. (Presenter: Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State)
OneDrive vs. Teams vs. SharePoint
Learn how to share your files and access them from all of your devices. Dicover the differences between OneDrive, Teams, and Sharepoint, and which is best to use in different situations. (Presenter: Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State)
Office 365 Tips (PDF | Word) - This document provides explanations and step-by-step instructions for topics such as AutoSave and Version History (Word, Excel, etc.), Sharing Folders/Files from OneDrive, Teams vs. Groups, Teams (including sharing folders/files and managing notifications), Groups, and Distribution Lists.
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Learn more about OneDrive cloud storage through these articles and videos.
- What is OneDrive?
- OneDrive Training - This is a collection of short videos and how-to articles explaining OneDrive basics. (Refer to the Work/School section of training.)
- What do the OneDrive icons mean?
Overview of OneNote
Learn how to organize your notes, meetings, and much more by using this digital notebook. (Presenter: Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State)
- Ways to Use OneNote Notebooks - Ways to use a digital notebook by an individual, department, or for research.
- OneNote Quick Start
Overview of Planner and Stream
This session explains how to use Planner for basic project management. This basic, easy-to-use tool allows you to create plans, organize and assign tasks, share files, chat, and get updates on progress. Microsoft Stream is like "YouTube" where you can store, share, and create accessible videos. (Presenter: Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State)
Stream is like "YouTube" for an organization where you can store and share videos.
- See the session "Overview of Planner and Stream" given by Lindsey Troyanoski.
- What is Microsoft Stream?
- Get Started with Microsoft Stream
- Microsoft Stream Help Documentation - Article and videos on how to use Stream.
Overview of Teams
This session describes how Teams may be used as a hub to for seamless communication and collaboration. (Presenter: Lindsey Troyanoski, Microsoft learning consultant for Penn State)
Teams: Create and Manage
>> In about 11 minutes, you can learn the basics of Teams by viewing these 5 videos from Microsoft! <<
- Welcome to Microsoft Teams [2m:30s] - This brief video provides a quick tour of Teams. This is a good place to start.
- Get Your Team Up and Running [2m:20s] - Learn how to create teams and channels in this video.
- Work in Channels (i.e using chat) [1m:45s] – This video explains how to use the chat feature.
- Add Tools with Tabs [2m:07s] - Brief video which provides an overview of how to add tabs to channels.
- Go-to Guide for Team Owners [2m:41s] - This video explains how to manage your team, such as adding or removing members, adding co-owners, archiving inactive teams, and more.
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- Guidance for Creating Teams and Channels [21m:08] - Learn how to structure teams and channels.
Teams: Meetings (scheduled within Teams)
Tips for Teams Meetings - Learn about the requirements, recommendations, mobile and desktop apps, how to test your audio, and how to join and participate in a Teams Meeting.
Teams: Using in an Online Classroom
- Microsoft Teams for the Online Classroom - Join Theresa Black (Penn State Scranton) as she explains how she used Teams in her online class (2020).
- Microsoft Teams Help and Learning - Resources for learning Teams (what's new, tips, training, etc.).
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