Educator's guide to Insights in Microsoft Teams

Educator's guide to Insights in Microsoft Teams

Insights in Microsoft Teams uses at-a-glance data views to help you catch up on all your students’ Teams activity, from assignment turn-in to engagement in class conversations. With spotlights on important trends in student activity, your Insights dashboard can save you time in planning, giving feedback to students, and providing help where needed. 

Add the Insights tab


  • Insights will surface activity data from all channels within a class team, but can only be added as a tab to public channels.

  • Insights is available in class teams only and cannot be added to staff or PLC teams.

  1. In Teams, navigate to the class team you want to add Insights to. Select  Add button to add a new tab.

  2. Select Insights from the displayed options, or search for Insights from the search bar.

  3. Select Add.

  4. Since students don't have access to Insights, uncheck the option to Post to the channel about the tab, then select Save

  5. When you navigate to your new Insights tab, your first view will be the class overview page, where you can explore and drill down on your different data categories. 


    • If you're adding the Insights tab to a class that's already been active for a while, you may see data collected from past class activity.

    • Newer classes won't reflect a lot of data initially, but as your class is more active in Teams, you'll see more data in Insights. 

Select Insights to add to a new tab

Uncheck the option to post to the channel about the new tab

Insights protects your data

Your data is secure in Insights. Each report is only available to class owners, and only includes student activity within Microsoft Teams (no personal data). 

The information collected and shown in Insights meets more than 90 regulatory and industry standards related to privacy, including GDPR and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The information collected for each student is intended to be used in the class context only, and its purpose is to help educators understand class behavior. This information is collected for meaningful learning activities, such as class meeting attendance, message posting, responding to classmates' posts, working on assignments, editing files, and more. For example, we do not show information related to private chats or sign-in information.  

Further support

If you get a message that your account has opted out of Insights, your IT admin has turned it off. IT Admins, learn how to enable Insights here.

Learn more

Class overview page in Insights

Digital activity data in Insights

Communication activity data in Insights

Assignment status data in Insights

Grades activity data in Insights

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