About Google at IU (G Suite for Education)

Google at IU makes Google's G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) available to students, faculty, and staff. Google Docs, Drive, Sites, Sheets, and many of your favorite Google apps are available at google.iu.edu.

For managing projects and other types of group activities, Google at IU groupspaces provide a collaborative workspace with access to multiple integrated Google tools, including calendar, mailing list, wiki, embedded docs, etc.; see Create a Google at IU groupspace.

Google at IU is under continual review as the service itself changes, and UITS will continue evaluation for revision and improvement to the IU implementation.

Important:
While UITS endorses the use of Google apps, they can pose accessibility issues, and can take considerable time for individuals with disabilities to master. Therefore, it is best to offer additional options for completing course requirements.

Access Google at IU by:

  • Logging into google.iu.edu with your IU username and passphrase.
    Note:
    When you log into Google at IU using CAS, IU's SSO (single sign-on), Google's 2-Step Verification will not apply, and thus will not work.
  • Visiting app-specific pages (e.g., drive.google.com), entering your email address in the format username@iu.edu, and then logging in with your IU username and passphrase.
  • Logging into Google mobile devices and apps with your email address in the form of username@iu.edu, and then logging in with your IU username and passphrase.

The core Google apps available at IU are:

  • Google Drive: Allows you to share files and collaborate from any device, with unlimited space. Use Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and Drawings to collaborate on class assignments, research, presentations, etc. See Overview of options for storing, sharing, and collaborating on documents at IU.

    By default, new files and folders created in Drive are private and can be shared with specific people and groups. Other sharing options include Anyone at Indiana University with the link, Anyone at Indiana University, Anyone with the link, and Public on the web.

    For help, see the Google Drive Help Center and the Google Docs editors Help Center.

  • Google Calendar: Create a calendar that can be kept private, shared with others you select, or made public online. Public calendars can be embedded in other sites to advertise your events. UITS recommends these for use in conjunction with Google at IU groupspaces and for publishing public events, but not as personal calendars for faculty/staff.

    For help, see the Google Calendar Help Center.

  • Hangouts: Chat with other Google users within and outside IU in both Hangouts and other Google apps (e.g., Docs).

    For help, see Google Hangouts Help Center.

    Note:
    Gmail is not currently enabled in Google at IU. You can access Google Hangouts from hangouts.google.com or the Hangouts Chrome extension or app. For the second option, you will first need to sign into Chrome with your Google at IU account (when prompted, enter your email address in the form of username@iu.edu, and then log in with your IU username and passphrase).
  • Google Sites: Sites is a tool for building simple web sites, allowing non-programmers to get a web site up and running quickly. Add interactive Google gadgets and services like calendars, lists, Drive documents, charts, or maps to any page in the site. You can use Google Sites for many purposes, including individual or group class assignments, personal presentation portfolios, and informational web sites.

    There are two versions of Google Sites, "classic" and "new". Classic Google Sites has more features, but the new Google Sites, which is still under development, has a much more modern look and feel. Google plans to retire classic Sites when its most popular features have been added to the new Google Sites. For this reason, UITS recommends using new Sites unless you need features available only in classic Sites. For a detailed feature comparison, see the Google Sites Classic Comparison.

    When combined with a Google Group and Google Calendar, a Google Site offers an integrated space for collaboration; at IU, this is called a Google at IU groupspace. Groupspaces currently use the classic Google Sites.

    For help, see the Google Sites Help Center.

  • Groups: Create a group of individuals to add to a group forum and mailing list. Gives group administrators the ability to easily manage the access of members of the group in other Google apps (e.g., Sites, Drive, Calendar, etc.).

    To create a groupspace group, go to google.iu.edu and click Create a Groupspace.

  • YouTube: With Google at IU, you get a prebuilt YouTube channel where you can post videos.
    Note:
    IU's Kaltura video service provides better security for videos, provides user-specific analytics (within Canvas courses), and makes captioning more seamless.

    For help, see the YouTube Help Center.

  • Blogger: Create your own blog and share it with selected people, or open it to the world.

    For help, see the Blogger Help Center.

  • Contacts: Create an online address book, integrated with Calendar, Drive, and other Google products.

    For help, see the Contacts section of the Gmail Help Center.

    Note:
    Since Gmail is not enabled for the Google at IU service, you will access Google Contacts via googlestart.iu.edu or through the Google apps menu ( Google apps menu button, 9 small squares forming a larger square ) located at the upper right of many Google app screens.

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Last modified on 2017-08-16 11:56:23.

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