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Collaborate Across Campuses Using Shared Channels in Microsoft Teams

Shared channels allow Microsoft Teams collaboration between Ithaca and Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar.

This article applies to: Microsoft Teams

For working with individuals who are all within a single Cornell instance of Teams, use a standard or private channel, depending on what you need to accomplish. 

To collaborate with individuals not affiliated with Cornell refer to these alternative collaboration options within Teams.

To collaborate in Microsoft Teams between Ithaca/Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), and WCM-Qatar, create a shared channel. Doing so will allow participants to interact while staying in their familiar Teams setup, without needing to switch accounts.
To get started, a team owner should create a shared channel with themself as the channel owner and their team as the host team. The channel can be shared with as many or few of the host team as you like and also include individuals who are not part of the host team. This feature is particularly beneficial for projects that require external collaboration.
Channel owners can then add participants using their full email addresses (for example, addresses for Ithaca and Cornell Tech members, addresses for WCM members, and for WCM-Qatar members).
When using shared channels across campuses, do not use the default General channel for intercampus conversation. It cannot be shared, so the part of the group that is outside the host team will not see it.
Shared channels offer a platform where conversations are open to all members, regardless of location, while restricting individuals who are not part of the host team to specific channels they have been invited to. The shared channel essentially works like a team within a team.

For more information, see Microsoft's documentation on creating and utilizing shared channels in Teams.


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