Join a Teams Online Class or Meeting

  1. Instructors: If you created the online class session/meeting via the new D2L widget and used Classlist to email the meeting details to students, log into D2L. Access the join link from your D2L Classlist Sent Mail. Or get the join link from a D2L News Item, if posted. Skip to Step 5.
  2. Instructors and Staff Meeting Leaders: If not a D2L-created meeting, go to your calendar in Outlook on the Web Calendar, Microsoft Outlook calendar or Microsoft Teams calendar.
  3. Double-click to fully open the specific calendar event item for your online class session/meeting. If you single-click, a pop-up preview of the event may appear, and the preview may not show you what you need.
  4. Click or tap the "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" link or, if displayed, the Join button. If needed, right-click (Windows) or control-click (Mac) the Join link, and select Open Hyperlink.

    Teams online class session details
  5. If you click or tap a link, your web browser may prompt you to select between the Web version and the desktop version. Select the option to open the Teams desktop version.

    Select Teams prompt
  6. The Teams Audio-Video Settings screen appears before you join.

    Audio Video settings for Microsoft Teams

    You are not in the online session yet. Using a laptop? Be sure to plug it into power before you join. Keep your microphone on, so you may greet any participants who have joined already. Your webcam may activate, showing you a preview. If you do not want to appear on camera, switch off your webcam by clicking or tapping the camera icon.

    Camera off, mic on

    Or keep the camera on and switch blur background on to add privacy.

    Camera on, blur on

    You may be prompted to select from Background Settings in a column on the right. Blur is the default, but you can choose other backgrounds.

    Background settings, including blur, for Teams

  7. Click or tap the Join Now button to join the online session. You will see Teams display "Connecting..." If you are early and the first to join, you will see "Waiting for others to join..." Or participants who have already joined will appear.