Unit 2: Design of Content and Assessments on Microsoft Teams

Utilizing Microsoft Teams to Design Instruction

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Designing Instruction

Designing With the End In Mind

As we move into the 21st century the way that we design effective instruction is going to be changing. Moving into the 21st century, it is less important what you have actually learned, and that you have the "ability to learn" (Larson & Lockee, 2020, p. 1). The 21st century presents us with the fact that it is more important for people to be able to solve more ill-structured problems which are, "not well-defined [... creating] complications that result in multiple possible solutions and no obvious right answers" (Larson & Lockee, 2020, p. 6). While these skills at solving more ill-structured problems are most important for students to learn, there is considerable resistance to learning in this way. It is not as straightforward and as simple as students are used to. Collins said, "it is best to engage students by creating meaningful tasks, not be creating fun environments" (1996, p. 353). It is important to challenge our students to embrace these ill-structured problems so that they are successful in life beyond school. In order to make that happen, it is important to not forget that this is the end goal when designing instruction. Microsoft Teams is a great platform to help you design content and assessments, while keeping the end goal in mind.

Think About It

Please take time to brainstorm an answer to the following question.

1. How can Microsoft Teams help you to design content and assessments?

Further Reading

Allan Collins, Design Issues for Learning Environments

Designing Content

Creating an Assignment

Watch the following instructional video from Microsoft about how to create an assignment on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams - Creating Assignments in Teams

Please note that we will return to parts of this video in further units. In Unit 3 we will examine assigning assignments to specific students for differentiation - and in Unit 4 we will be looking more in depth at rubrics in Microsoft Teams.


Return to the Teams Page you created in Unit 1

  • Set up an assignment in your Teams Page, following the directions from the video.

Designing Assessments

Creating a Quiz in Microsoft Forms

Microsoft describes Microsoft Forms as a way to, "create surveys, quizzes, and polls, invite others to respond to it using almost any web browser or mobile device, see real-time results as they're submitted, use built-in analytics to evaluate responses, and export results to Excel for additional analysis or grading." Within Microsoft Forms you can create a quiz which can be embedded into Microsoft Teams. These quizzes can then be uploaded into an assignment to allow you to easily assess students.

Further Reading

Introduction to Microsoft Forms


Watch the Following Video

Upload the Quiz to Microsoft Teams

  • Step 1 - Click Create
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  • Step 2 - Click Quiz
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  • Step 3 - Select the Quiz That You Want to Upload
Select the Quiz That You Want to Upload.png
  • Step 4 - Filling In Quiz Details
    • From here, the steps are the exact same for how you create an assignment earlier. Please refer to the Creating an Assignment section earlier, if you need any help in creating an assignment.

Next Unit

Once you have done the following you can move on to the next unit where we will be exploring differentiating materials on the Microsoft Teams platform.

Unit 1: Use of Microsoft Teams and Development of Lessons | Unit 3: Differentiation of Materials on Microsoft Teams


Bishop, B., & Villarreal, I. (2019, October 21). Designing Digital Experiences — 4 Essential Questions for Your Business. Retrieved from Base22: https://base22.com/blog/designing-digital-experiences-4-essential-questions-for-your-business/

Collins, A. (1996). Design Issues for Learning Environments. In International Perspectives on the Design of Technology-Supported Learning Environments (pp. 347-361). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Larson, M. B., & Lockee, B. B. (2020). Streamlined ID: A Practical Guide to Instructional Design. New York: Routledge.

Microsoft. (2020, July 1). Microsoft Forms - Create a Quiz Using Forms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBI2joz3-m4.

Microsoft. (2020, April 8). Microsoft Teams - Creating Assignments in Teams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxBdWgPq9vU.

Microsoft. (n.d.). Introduction to Microsoft Forms. Retrieved from Microsoft Support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/introduction-to-microsoft-forms-bb1dd261-260f-49aa-9af0- d3dddcea6d69