Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Note: For support with logging in to Teams, adding Apps, or general questions about Teams at Johns Hopkins, please contact the IT Help Desk at 410 955-HELP (410-955-4357) or by submitting a request through the IT Help app in

Microsoft Teams Overview

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool that is part of the Office 365 suite of services provided by JHU. Teams enables local and remote students, faculty, and staff to chat and work together in real and near-real time. It is fully integrated with Office 365 as well as native Microsoft Office applications.

With Teams, you get instant access to everything needed for collaboration including content, tools, people, conversations, and built-in access to OneNote, OneDrive, and Microsoft Office apps. 

Signing In To Microsoft Teams

  1.  Download and Install Microsoft Teams to your computer or phone
    Click 'Sign in' (not sign up) on the the Teams website
  2. Sign in with with your JHED credentials.
    Note: You must enter your and not in the email field. For example, Do not click 'Create one!' as this will create a new account unaffiliated with JHU.

Viewing Teams

  1. Sign in to Microsoft Teams using the above instructions
  2. Click on the Teams icon and text on the left side of the desktop app or on the bottom of the mobile app
    Desktop Mobile
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Creating and Joining Teams

To request a Team for a course, submit a Help Desk ticket and provide the full course ID, including the section number. It can take up to 24 hours for the Team to be created and appear in your Team view. Students will be added from the enrollment data in SIS and the instructor(s) listed in SIS will automatically be added to the Team as the Owner(s).

Note: Manual Team creation is for ad-hoc usage only. If you are an instructor looking to create a Team for an EP class section, do not manually create a team. Instead, please send a request to the CLDT Help desk to have a Team created. For instructors on how to create one Team for merged sections see Using Microsoft Teams in Merged Sections.

For guidance on how to set up a Team for a course, please see Setting Up Microsoft Teams.

After logging in to Teams, you can join or create a new team using these instructions:

Mobile App


a. Tap on the vertical ellipsis at the top right of the screen

b. Select "Create new team" to create a team or "Join a team with a code" to join an existing team

Note: You can also browse teams that are public to the JHU community




a. Click "Join or create a team" in the bottom left of the desktop app

b. Either create a new team or join an existing team using a Teams code that was shared with you

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