Microsoft launches Viva Connections for Education

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Staying on top of everything while in school can be a daunting task, from keeping track of all your assignments and announcements to making sure that you’re able to juggle extracurricular activities, that is sports and even a part-time gig.

All this to say, students struggle to remain “engaged, connected, and motivated” with information streaming in from multiple platforms simultaneously. It is easy to lose track and follow through with everything.

Microsoft has launched Microsoft Viva Connections for Education, a tool designed to provide students with a unified experience directly within Microsoft Teams to mitigate these issues.

“On average, 143 EdTech tools were used by students in the 2021-2022 school year, negatively impacting engagement, retention, and other important outcomes,” says Microsoft.

Viva Connections for Education ships with an intuitive design and easy access. What’s more, the dashboard is curated and personalized to meet the student’s needs and wants. This way, it’s easy for them to stay informed about everything going on around them.

Additionally, the tool also features customized cards for every student. The dashboard categorizes their courses, assignments, extracurricular activities, tuition payments, internship opportunities, scholarship applications, and more for easy access.

Users can opt to make use of the already pre-built cards in Viva Connections for Education while setting up or decide to customize their own based on their needs.

Moreover, you can personalize your dashboard experience further by applying your brand as well as your institution’s colors and logo to establish “a sense of continuity for students.”

Microsoft states that:

With Viva Connections for Education, you can also send targeted messages to your whole institution or subsets of students. Students can stay up to date on key news by scrolling through the Viva Connections for Education feed, helping them learn about club announcements, campus events, cafeteria menus, and more.

The same experience can also be replicated on mobile devices, allowing you to access all the information you need to get through the day while on the go.