Syllabus language for MS Teams and ClassCred

If you are new to MS Teams and ClassCred, you need to add some language to your syllabus to direct students. To get started here is some sample language that you can use.


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Syllabus Language for Teams


MS Teams is the primary means of communication in this course. You must use it.


To get started with Teams:

  1. Click on the Microsoft Teams classes page in Canvas

  2. Sign in using your university email address

  3. Download the Teams app on your mobile phone and sign in with your university email address


MS Teams is used to facilitate course discussion. If you have a question about an assignment or course topic, post it to Teams in the appropriate channel. Either one of your classmates or one of your professors will answer. Have fun with Teams by encouraging your classmates with emojis and 🔥 (see below). If you have questions about the exam, please chat with me in Teams. Do not post about the exam in Teams.


When you join the Teams workspace you will see the following public channels:

Points in teams

You earn points for participating in MS Teams. Everyone starts each day with 5 🔥emojis. You can give 🔥s to your classmates in Teams. If someone asks a great question or answers your question, reward them with a 🔥 emoji. Every 🔥 received is worth 1 point. It is best to give the fire emojis in a thread so that we keep the channel cleaner.


To make it count, you must give a 🔥 emoji by typing the following in Teams:

@nameofperson (fire)

You can include multiple names or multiple 🔥s. For example, the following gives two 🔥s to 2 people.

@person1 @person2 (fire)(fire)

Beware of taxes. If you try to game the system by only giving fire to your friends, a gift tax will be applied. For example, if you give more than 6 fires to the same person in a given week a 50% gift tax will be applied. If you give more than 10, the gift tax rate will be 90%. So give 🔥 to people who are adding value to the course.


You can also earn points by acknowledging announcements, participating in polls and debates. Debates are friendly competitions about a current topic. You will see them pop up in the module channels. You can earn additional points and a badge by placing 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a debate competition. Top debate posts are determined by the number of 👍 votes by your peers.


Points earned in Teams are only redeemable for items in the ClassCred store. Bonus on an exam is an example of an item that will be available to purchase but there will be others 😀.

There are likely to be a lot of messages in Teams. You don't have to read everything. Remember that Teams is a place where we can connect and learn from one another. Don't let it stress you out