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Getting Started with Microsoft Teams at EIU


To log in to your Teams account, go to and enter your EIU credentials. From there, you’ll see the blue Teams icon among your list of options in the Office 365 app launcher. Click on the icon to launch Teams in a browser window; you can also download Teams apps for your computer or mobile devices. Microsoft Teams is available to every faculty, staff, and student at EIU.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is the digital hub for teamwork in Office 365. Keep all your team's chats, meetings, files, and apps together in one place. Communicate with anyone on the team through text chats, audio, video, or instant “Meet Now” sessions. In these times of remote teaching, remote learning, and remote work Microsoft Teams is here to help everyone at EIU communicate and collaborate with each other regardless of location during these challenging times.

Microsoft Teams offers an alternative method of communication/collaboration that can be used synchronously and/or asynchronously. With Meetings and Chat you are only a click or touch away from a text chat, audio, or video call with anyone at EIU and beyond. You can even share your computer screen in video calls using the Share Screen feature.


Make a Test Call in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to everyone at EIU, all you need is an internet connection and a browser. When you login to PantherMail instead of clicking on the Outlook icon, click on the blue Teams icon in the App Launcher. You can also download the Teams app for your computer or mobile device. With Teams all faculty, staff, and students are just a click or touch away from communicating with anyone at EIU. When you select a new Chat, type in the name or EIU email address of the person you want to chat with, type in your text message, choose an audio call, or select a video call. It is that easy! 

Start Chats and Calls

If you need assistance setting up a new Microsoft Teams "Team" for your group please contact your Instructional Support Specialist, or call the Help Desk at (217) 581-4357, or send an email with the request details to 

Chances are you are already on a Team so you can begin communicating with your other teammates immediately. When you recieve a Teams Meeting invitation via email you can click on the Join link at the scheduled time to be taken directly to the online meeting. Teams Meetings are also added to your Outlook Calendar for easy access.

Join a Teams Meeting

If you are not currently on any team you can still get started with Microsoft Teams by clicking on the Chat icon on the left-side rail. Once Chat is selected you will have instant access to a text chat, audio call, or a video call with any member of the EIU community. Go Team EIU!


Microsoft Teams Getting Started Resources

Microsoft Teams Support Resources


Remote Learning with Microsoft Teams

Remote Teaching & Learning in Office 365

Remote learning with Office 365 for students



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