Rider transitions to Google Apps for Education
In the effort to improve our technical capabilities while reducing expenditures, the University will soon switch from our current calendar and email services to Google Apps for Education, a suite of applications run by Google specifically for universities. The tools available in Google Apps are accessed primarily through a Web browser and as a result, are available on any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.
The migration of services will be delivered in a phased approach. In the first phase, Gmail and Google Calendar will replace the current calendar and e-mail services, Oracle Calendar (used by faculty and staff) and Zimbra (used by all). Other Google services may be released to the community throughout the coming year.
For the initial launch, Rider will support:
Start learning about Google Apps for Education
Gmail is an efficient way of managing e-mails that are grouped together under the same topic. It boasts a powerful search feature allowing users to search down to the most granular level. It also allows for up to 30GB of space, labels, filters, contact management, collaboration, powerful spam filtering, outstanding security and great overall stability. Because Gmail is also fully integrated with Google Calendar, you will be able to accept meetings directly from an e-mail invitation, rather than having to switch to the calendar application.
Learn the basics of Gmail
Note: Several Gmail features are not included in this phase (hangouts, text, voice, chat) but will be added over time.
Google Calendar is a free, online calendar that supports individual and group scheduling, allows you to keep track of meetings, check the availability of guests, manage contacts and tasks, create multiple calendars and share. It’s also completely integrated with Gmail and other popular calendar applications.
Learn the basics of Calendar
Also known as the “Contact manager,” Contacts is similar to an online address book and is primarily accessed through the Apps menu. It gives you easy access to the people you need to reach. You’ll be able to import contacts from your other e-mail client and create groups.
Learn about the Contact Manager
Use Google Tasks to keep track of the things you need to do. You can create lists of items, set due dates and notes, and even add Gmail messages directly to Tasks.
Learn about Tasks