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. This change will both improve our technical capabilities for students, faculty and staff and reduce expenditures. These changes will take place after Commencement in May to minimize any disruptions.
Google Apps includes a number of different tools. The two that will launch first are Google Calendar and Gmail. Google Calendar will replace the Oracle Calendar currently used by faculty and staff and will also be available to all students. Google Calendar supports individual and group scheduling, managing of rooms and other resources, and mobile access, without the licensing fees.
Gmail will replace Zimbra, the current service used for University email. Because Gmail is fully integrated with Google Calendar when using a web browser, you will be able to accept meetings directly from an email invitation, rather than having to switch to the calendar application.
A few important facts to note about this change:
- Your email address will remain the same
- You will still be able to use your favorite email client such as Thunderbird. However, OIT will recommend accessing Gmail and Google Calendar via a web browser for the best user experience
- Gmail for colleges and universities does NOT include advertisements
- The applications integrate easily with computers, mobile devices and any other applications you may already use in your personal and professional lives
- Google Apps for Education provides outstanding security, excellent spam filtering and greater overall stability — for free!
- In person training will be available
Visit www.rider.edu/googleapps for updates.
Thank you for your support as we make this important change to improve our technical capabilities.