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March 19, 2020: Information about Remote Classes

Dear Students,

As part of the response from Hendrix College to the Covid-19 virus, the majority of your classes will be moving online starting March 30th. Most of the online courses will be taking place in Microsoft Teams, a collaboration platform built on Skype, OneDrive, and Office 365. You will be hearing from your instructors by email with specific information about the applications you will be using for your courses and how the courses will be conducted.

How will Classes Work in Teams?

Though each course will be slightly different, based on the needs of the curriculum, students, and faculty, you will continue to meet with your instructor and classmates for virtual classes, discussion, and other interaction through video-conferencing and text-chat. Your professor will be able to contact you through your class team, as well as through email and chat. There will still be reading assignments, quizzes, papers to write, and exams. If your instructor has been using Moodle, they may still post material there for you. Your instructor will make this clear when the course starts.

Getting Started

  1. Download Microsoft Teams on your computer or phone (
  2. Log in to Teams using your Hendrix email and password

Using Teams for Class and for Chat

  1. You can start a chat with anyone at Hendrix. Give it a try by starting a chat with a friend. Click on Chat on your App Bar to get started.
  2. Once your instructor has finished preparing their course, they will activate it and it will appear in your list of Teams:

  1. Once your course is activated and available, stop in and leave a message for your instructor so they can give you any further instructions before the start of class.

More Resources on Using Teams

We’re working on putting together more resources and “how-to” guides for students and should have them available in the next few days. In the meantime, here are a few resources from Microsoft:

  • - this is a demo of using Teams (though at a business, it’s very similar to how you’ll use it for classes)
  • - this is a really long video about using Teams for all sorts of things, from a Study Group, to group chat, to club planning.
  • We’ll have a lot more, bite-sized information about Teams in the next few days.

Getting Help

Technology Services staff are working with faculty and staff at Hendrix to get these online courses up and running, though we expect many folks will need a little help, and we are here for you! 

If you are having issues or have questions email us at and let us know what you need help with. This is the fastest way to get help.

This has been an extraordinary situation and we are all adapting as quickly as we can. We appreciate your patience and we want you to know we’ll be here to help you through the rest of the semester. 

Thank you all for being the amazing students and people we know you are.

Jay Burling '03
Associate Vice President of Technology Services