Every year on BETT, Microsoft announce new prodcuts and/or features related to EDU. This year was no different, let me introduce you to Class Materials.
Microsoft Teams for Education is extremely popular among teachers, but the open architecture of Teams is far from that of learning management systems and other tools teachers are used to.
Consider sharing resources for an upcoming assignment, or a week plan with homework for the coming weeks, only to realize at a later time that a clever student has altered the content, removed all homework or worse…
Introducing Class Materials
Luckily that’s about to change with the introduction of Class Materials!
Class Materials is a special folder available within the files area of the class team, read-only for students while leaving full permissions for teachers. That’s right, anything the teacher place in that folder stays untouched.
Let’s create a new document in the Class Materials folder…
…and open in SharePoint.
You can see on the left side there is a section called Class Materials, and on the right there is a Manage access area. Let’s investigate.
If you click Manage access the permission panel will open.
The owner (teacher) will always have full access while you can see that the members (yellow) only have view access. Also any guests (red) only have view access.
To be fair, this announcement isn’t huge, something similar could already be acomplished by manually tweaking SharePoint permissions. But it’s good to see the platform maturing, Microsoft listens to their customers and Class Materials will definitely make things easier for teachers.