One of the best use of Teams is keeping in touch with your students. You can chat with individual students or with the class as a whole.
Most students are familiar with some sort of chat software - whether it be Discord, Facebook Messenger, Slack, or something else. They can chat easily from their phones, and may be more comfortable with the casual tone of chat vs email.
Get a link to your Team
In your team, click the '...' menu and select 'Get Link to Team'.
You can add this link to your Blackboard course, in emails, and wherever else you communicate with your students.
You can get a link to a specific channel by following the same instructions on the channel.
Link to your personal chat
You can easily add a link that opens to your personal chat by using https://email@example.com as the link. Replace the magenta 'user' with your email username.
See this great article for more advanced tips. This can be a great way to hold virtual 'office hours' with students.
Changing your Teams link in your Blackboard Template Menu
Adding a link in a Blackboard Content Box
You can add links almost anywhere in Blackboard - in items, in assignment instructions, in test questions, in announcements, and more. The more places you link Teams, the more likely your students will use it.
Here are some of the ways I'm linking to Teams for my students. The more places they can access the link, the more likely they will use it to communicate with you and their classmates.
In the weekly summary
In assignment instructions
As a discussion assignment
(Links to a specific Teams channel)
In an announcement
Set your status to let students know when you're available or don't want to be disturbed.
Some statuses are set automatically according to your idle time, scheduled activities in Outlook, and more.
Set your status message to provide students information about when you can be contacted.
You'll automatically get notifications when someone chats with you privately or @mentions you on a channel.
You can manage your notifications in your settings and adjust things such as: