Microsoft Teams Classes Canvas Integration

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Connecting a Microsoft Team to your Canvas course adds a rich set of collaboration and communication tools. Learn how to set up the Teams Canvas integration and best practices for using Teams in your teaching.

Before you get started, make sure you have a Canvas course created for your offering.

Using Teams and Canvas with your students


  • Integrates with Canvas
  • Large file storage capacity
  • Student groups – create a channel for student groups
  • Individual and group chat to create community
  • The mobile app replaces the need to share cell numbers for texting
  • Data security and risk management: M365 is our official supported platform. Use M365 instead of Slack or Google


  • A common strategy is to use Team posts for faculty and students to share news and announcements.
  • Teams chat connects students to faculty and each other in a secure, college-supported application.
  • Encourage your students to get the Teams mobile app.

Collaboration and File Sharing

  • Uploading files to the Team will automatically make those files available to all class members and will be stored in the Team's SharePoint library. This is often an easier way to share files than using the Office365 Canvas integration which connects to the faculty's personal OneDrive.
  • Create channels based on topics or workgroups to create easy file/application sharing and collaboration.
  • If needed, up to 20 private channels can be created with assigned membership. Private channels have limitations so when in doubt, don't make it private.


Enable the Teams Sync in Canvas

Teams Sync will automatically add faculty and students to your Team and keep synchronized with your Canvas course enrollment.

  1. Navigate to your Canvas course
  2. From your Canvas course, left-hand navigation menu go to Settings
  3. From the top menu tabs choose Integrations
  4. Expand the Microsoft Sync option and enable it under the State toggle
  5. The first time you enable Sync you will need to trigger it manually
    • Click the Sync Now button
    • This will initiate the creation of your Class Team which may take up to an hour to generate


Prepare your Team

Once your Team has been created students will not have access until you "Activate" the Team. This gives you the opportunity to prepare the Team prior to student access.

  1. Launch the Teams app (either via the desktop app or via a web browser at
  2. The Activity Feed will alert you when your Team has been generated.
  3. Create a welcome post on the General channel. Consider including the following:
    • Clarify with your students how Teams will be used in your offering. What content/activities will reside in Canvas and what content/activities Teams will be used for.
    • Add a link back to your Canvas course

Example Welcome Post

Welcome to our Class Team!
We'll be using Teams as a supplement to our Canvas course <link to your Canvas home page> as a place to:

  • post news/announcements
  • chat one-on-one or in groups
  • Team meetings can be used for small group or one-on-one calls (we will continue to use Zoom for our primary class remote sessions)
  • Note: you can ignore the "Grades" link above - instead refer to Canvas for all assignments

Activate your Team

Once you are ready for students to have access to your Team:

  1. Navigate to your Team
  2. Click the Activate button at the top

Once the Team has been activated, students enrolled in your Canvas course will automatically be added as members of the Team. The Team roster will auto-sync whenever changes occur in your Canvas enrollment.


Add Teams Navigation in your Canvas Course


Class Team Default Permissions

As the Team owner you can manage what students (members) are allowed to do within the Team. To access these settings:

  1. click the 3 dots next to your Team's name and choose Manage Team
  2. Select Settings from the top navigation
  3. Expand Member permissions - By default:
    • Team owners (faculty) can delete all messages
    • Members (students) can delete and edit their messages