This summer we migrated accounts to Microsoft Cloud Services, branded easier for us as Office 365 and their environments– Office Online, Desktop tools, and mobile device apps. So what does this mean for all of us? Well our email looks prettier, so that’s nice, but there’s more:
- Document Collaboration – Using Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, you can upload a file to your OneDrive space and share it with other users on campus and grant permissions you’d like. No need to email copies of files around and burden email boxes!
- If you’re collaborating in real time through Office Online, you can see collaborators type in real time! That’s great for working together at a distance.
- Students can peer edit papers with more tracking and insight using an environment that might encourage more constructive feedback.
- Scheduling – Share calendars to encourage more awareness of schedules in small groups or non-traditional class meetings.
- Notes – If you’ve used OneNote in the past, you might like OneNote Online as a way to create collaborative notebooks for yourself or collaborators.
- Digital storytelling – Use newbie Sway to make more visually exciting versions of mixed content (like OneNote can); bring tweets, videos, documents, and photos all to one place and curate them in the way you’d like.
Check out the Collaborating and Sharing Using Office 365 Atomic Learning tutorials for the nuts and bolts in pulling these tasks off. Don’t forget, you can reach out to us, too!