If you aren’t familiar with Google’s offerings, this is a good time to get to know them. Gmail is considered by many to be the most useful email interface available, a good harmony of the functions you need with minimal clutter. Google Docs offers document sharing for teams, allowing for multiple authors to work on a document simultaneously.
Think about the educational opportunity to sit with students in real-time, perhaps collaboratively writing a textbook as part of the class experience or your staff collaboratively taking meeting notes.
Google Sites is a nice place to brainstorm and manage projects. Its an easy basic wiki with almost no ramp up time needed due to no real training being required. Just decide a name for your knowledge base and go.
Google Chat is a nice as well. With the large selection of instant message and video conferencing offerings. It can be challenging to locate and contact other members of such a large community as Pepperdine. With community integration, this is a gem. Even better, with no install or configuration like Skype you simply login and start talking.
My personal favorite is Google Calendar. This is nothing short of the most open and configurable calendaring offering available today. And while there is a wealth of things you might never do, it never feels like that power gets in the way. If you just want to login and check your appointments and type in new ones you can do that. If you want to go a step farther and have it email you a daily appointment list, that’s available. If you want your cell phone to alert you, that’s just another click away.
Let’s say you are ready for the big time and want to share your calendar with your committee, students, or perhaps family or friends each of those can be done. But you never need to touch the features you don’t need.
Soon you’ll be able to sign up for all these features and even opt-out of Outlook entirely if that’s what you’d like to do. Our WAVENET portal will even learn your preference and support your chosen email client.