Beginning in July 2013, everyone with an ONID account, including all OSU employees and students, will be able to access Google Apps for OSU. That means our community will soon have a new and powerful set of tools for collaborating with OSU students, colleagues, and external partners.
Google Apps for OSU will help the OSU community share files, collaborate on documents, create team calendars, build discussion boards, and much more, all in a secure, cloud-based environment. And much like laptop computers helped liberate us from our desktop, Google’s mobile apps further extend our reach and help us realize anytime, anywhere access to our data and the people with whom we work.
Universities across the OUS system and across the country have adopted Google Apps, as have many business and organizations. So in enabling Google Apps for OSU, we’ll be able to collaborate more easily with community organizations, researchers at partner institutions, and others with Google accounts. In turn, this enhances OSU’s outreach and collaboration efforts.
Student Email Opt-In Period
ONID email service for students will transition to OSU-owned Google mailboxes by the end of 2013. Email addresses will not change following the transition; ONID email will simply be accessed, sent, and received in a new location.
Early adopters may opt in and migrate their ONID mailbox to Google starting in July.
Employee use of any Google service, including using Google Mail, is strictly opt-in. For employees who wish to migrate their ONID email to Google, a migration tool will be made available starting late in the Summer 2013 term.
Support & Training
The Google Implementation Team will support the Google rollout throughout 2013 with a variety of in-person trainings, webinars, and online help documents. The OSU Computer Helpdesk will support the core Google Apps on an ongoing basis for the entire community.
We also invite our community to complete our brief survey regarding this new service; the Google Implementation Team seeks your input and feedback.
For more information on Google Apps for OSU, please see the FAQs and other informational pages at oregonstate.edu/google and also http://www.google.com/enterprise/apps/education/benefits.html