Citation: Herrick, D. (2009). Google this! Proceedings of the 37th Annual ACM SIGUCCS fall conference(Vol. 37). Presented at the SIGUCCS ’09, St. Louis, MO: ACM. Retrieved from http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1629513#
Summary: Describes the Google Apps suite (circa 2009) and how Colorado State University adopted that suite for its students; and then made it available to faculty and staff.
- Colorado State migrated to Google Apps for Education for email for its students. After seeing what students had available to them, faculty wanted the collaborative tools students had. This allowed collaboration between students and faculty.
- 2009 version of Google Apps for Education comprised Google mail, Calendar, Talk, Docs, Sites, and Video.
- Google apps gave their students over 7GB of space, no ads, and 24x7 phone support.
- They calculated a savings of $16.29 per month per student over going with M.S. Exchange for student email. $9 million per year savings.
- Transition of 50,000 accounts was done between August of 2008 to March of 2009.
- Google email accounts for education are administered by the organization's IT group (not Google).
- CSU imports students' course schedules into their Google Calendar from their Banner course registration system.
- Google includes tools that allow Google Apps and Microsoft Exchange to interoperate.
- Google Apps can be used as a complementary or supplementary service with Exchange.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking (and other third-party apps) work with Google Docs.
- Google Apps works with mobile and smart phone devices.
- Challenges faced by CSU in implementing Google Apps
- Upgrade methods -- Google is in perpetual beta mode. Need a local team to quickly evaluate changes as Google implements them.
- Institutional complexity