Office 365 is a free cloud-based office suite for collaborative work and administrative tasks. All CBS employees and students have access to Office365 through their CBS login – go to office.com to sign in to your CBS account.
The Office365 product suite includes software such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft OneNote, and much more. This means that you can use Office365 in a variety of academic fields, topics, and learning set-ups. Students can collaborate in documents and contribute whether being remote or in-class – and the same goes for the teacher. All you need to do is sign in via your CBS account and share the documents with your peers in order for them to contribute.
How can you use Office365 in your teaching?
- Strengthen your students’ 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 afterward for discussion and for providing good advice about study skills. Get the students to prepare 10 tips to present in class.
- Supporting students’ 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. Afterward, they can start answering the questions for themselves and practice 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 PowerPoint 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.