Office 365 is a free web-based office suite for collaborative work.

Office 365 consists of the following tools:


Collaborative writing and text editing




Presentations and slideshows


Notepad tool for students


Store and share your files in the cloud

Ideas for using Office 365 in your classes

Strengthen your student's study skills

Divide students into groups and let them write about their experiences with learning in a shared Word document. Ask them to share the document with another peer group afterwards for discussion and for providing good advice about study-skills. Get the students to prepare 10 tips to present in class.

Supporting student's learning strategies with "question banks"

Encourage students to ask themselves what they may be expected to do with the study material, content, exercises etc. Make them identify reasonable questions and write them down collaboratively in a shared Word document. Afterwards they can start answering the questions for themselves and practise oral answers.

Encouraging students to read actively

Spend the last 30 minutes of a lecture getting students to work collaboratively in groups, writing questions in a shared Word document for the articles or book chapters they are going to read before the upcoming lecture. Students can use the questions when reading to "read with focus".

Bridge the gap between courses

Get students to work in groups and draw together themes from other courses and discuss how the themes are related to themes in your course. Ask them to work collaboratively in a shared Power Point presentation and produce slides to present in class. Students can work in “virtual groups” in shared documents, so they don’t need to sit next to each other.

Share feedback on assignments

Write your feedback on a tutorial or assignment in a Word document and share it in Canvas. You can ask students to work on it in groups in class to get their inputs on things they can improve and practice by themselves.

Getting started

All CBS employees and students have access to Office 365 through their CBS-login.

Go to to get started.

We have created a Canvas project room which easily gives you an overview of Office 365, tips & tricks and how to get started.

For further information on how to use Office 365 contact Teaching & Learning.

Personal support

At Teaching & Learning we want to make it easy for you to discover the many possibilities that Office 365 offer. Therefore, if you need support in designing a virtual classroom that suits your specific needs, please do not hesitate to contact us for personal support.

Personal support
Anita Monty

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