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Through a partnership with Google, University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can access a suite of Google-powered communication and collaboration tools designed to enhance our ability to work together. The suite includes email, calendar, document sharing, instant messaging, and Web site publishing tools.

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University Google accounts now have unlimited storage with Drive for Education

As of Thursday, Oct. 30, Google began to offer Google Drive for Education to University of Minnesota Google accounts. Drive for Education provides for unlimited storage and enhancements to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos.

Some of the benefits of unlimited storage include:

It is recommended that users review the Acceptable Use and Data Security policy information for private and sensitive data, export controlled data and intellectual property. The University of Minnesota and Google have negotiated contractual terms and conditions that protect the privacy and confidentiality of University student, faculty, staff, and alumni data in the U of M Google Apps suite of services.

Users also should be aware of copyright regulations and infringement ramifications when sharing files, as outlined in the Google Terms of Service.

Visit the Google Drive Help Center and Using Google Drive at the University to learn more about Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.


Google Groups for Courses

Google Groups for Courses provide a place to communicate and collaborate with class members, safely and securely.

Official University Course Groups

Official University course groups can be requested by instructors and teaching assistants. Google Course Groups help students connect, access course information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web. Docs and Google calendars can be shared with students enrolled in a course. Google Sites and really any app available in the google suite can be set up so that only your class has access.

Course Group Membership

Students who add the class will be added to the group automatically. Those who drop will be removed. Group membership is restricted to registered students and instructors. By default, course groups will be disabled at the start of the following semester, and deleted five years later. A course group can be extended beyond the semester end by special request.

For more information, check out the UMD Google Course Group page.

Effective Oct. 1, all Google Apps have been enabled for the University Google users, with the exception of Gmail for Health Care Component-related accounts.

Listed: Some of the Apps currently available in the University of Minnesota Domain (click to learn about each one):

Google Groups

Google Groups is all about helping users connect with people, access information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web. With members of your team all in the same group, Google Groups makes it easy for sharing things like Google Calendars and Docs with one another.

Users are assigned roles that determine what he or she can do within a group. Participants subscribe to groups and participate in group discussions, and group managers create new groups and manage group members, discussions, and other settings.

Note, in order to get your group built in to UMD mail routing, you should request a group through the University of Minnesota Web form (and not through the google groups home page) by following this link: Requesting a Group.

For more information, consult Using Google Groups.

For other Google Apps information consult Google Apps for the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Broadcast Yourself at UMD: YouTube and Google Hangouts On Air

YouTube will join the expanding list of available Google Apps for the University of Minnesota beginning Friday, August 3. The addition of YouTube also enables the Google Hangouts On Air broadcast feature.

When publishing content to YouTube or broadcasting a Hangout On Air, please be mindful that these are public environments where private or protected content, such as Protected Health Information (PHI) should never be shared. Read more about Acceptable Use and Data Security on the Google Apps for the University website.


YouTube provides a platform to share and showcase your videos. YouTube’s features enable easy and intuitive uploading and viewing. Now that YouTube is integrated with Google Apps, sharing content with individuals and/or distribution lists is made easy with contact list integration. Access to videos can be shared globally, with a limited audience, or kept private. To access YouTube from your Google Apps start page, select “even more” from the menu bar. Learn more about YouTube.

Hangouts On Air

Accessed through Google+, Google Hangouts enable you to videoconference with up to nine other individuals. Hangouts On Air enable you to take that same conference and broadcast it to the world via your YouTube Channel, Google+ page, and/or any website where you've embedded it. Learn more about Hangouts On Air.

Broadcast a hangout: Invite circles or individual people to join you in a hangout, then click “start broadcast” to go on air. After a five-second countdown, your hangout will start broadcasting to the public on your Google+ profile, your YouTube channel, and/or on any website where you've embedded it. Recording starts when broadcasting starts. A live player of your hangout will be posted to your Google+ homepage and YouTube channel.

Edit and share the recorded hangout: Your hangout will be recorded as a public video and will be available on your YouTube channel once it has ended. You will be able to edit the recording when the hangout is over. If you edit your video, your post (including the video URL) will be automatically updated to show the edited version.

New applications and enhancements to existing applications will be released on a continuing basis. Some Apps are vetted by the system-wide Google Steering Committee and turned on by our system administrators. Other features are released into our domain by Google on a schedule you can access here: Google Updates.

Is there Training Available?

Please take advantage of our Training Workshops, or stop by the Tech Center in Kirby Plaza 165, or call the Help Desk at x8847.

Can I use Outlook, MacMail, Thunderbird, or my favorite email client with Google Apps?

Most email clients can be pointed at the Google Apps servers and be made to work. At this time ITSS strongly encourages users to use the default, browser-based interface. We find that it is very fast and intuitive and for the vast majority of users it will be the best choice. We will provide only very limited support for any other email clients, especially as we work hard to roll out Google Apps in its default. At this time, ITSS staff are only able to provide free technical support for the Gmail web client. If you wish to use a desktop client (Thunderbird or MacMail), please refer to the online instructions here:

Will my Smart Phone, iPhone, Android, with Google Apps?

We recommend that you try just using your web browser to login to Google Apps. We find that this works well in many cases. If the browser doesn't work for you, there is great documentation that can get you started, but be aware that our support for this will scale up over time.

Will my productivity suffer when I switch to Google Apps?

We are finding that the transition is surprisingly painless for many users. As you get used to the new interface, here are some tricks that will really help you move from new user to power user:

Mail Delegation now available for U of M Gmail

Mail Delegation can be useful for people who want others to have access to read or respond to mail on their behalf. For example, you can delegate email rights to up to 10 others, such as administrative and executive assistants, in your unit. This feature is recommended primarily to access a supervisor's email in order to complete correspondence on their behalf. For privacy and security reasons, it is not recommended for general use at the University.

Instructional information and a short how-to video on setting up Gmail delegation are available at the Google Help Center. For further questions or information, contact the Help Desk at 726-8847 or stop by the Tech Center in KPlz 165.


Questions? Contact Jason Davis.
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