Google Drive (Google’s service that replaced Google Docs last fall) is now included as part of myPlymouth for all students, faculty and staff. PSU Google Drive is available on the Services Tab in myPlymouth and is tied to all active PSU user accounts.
Google Drive is the preferred method of off-site file storage and file sharing for Plymouth State University and it functions somewhat like Dropbox – by placing some or all of your files in this system, you can access them from anywhere and share them with anyone.
One note of caution however; we urge faculty and staff, to assess the impact of Federal privacy regulations (e.g., FERPA and HIPAA), Federal law, contractual obligations, and grant restrictions on their work before moving sensitive University-related files and data into the PSU Google Drive environment.
Features of Google Drive include:
- 5 GB of free cloud storage
- The ability to create, share and manage files
- The ability to sync files between multiple devices
- Access ‘on the go’ through mobile apps
Additionally, PSU Google Drive provides students, faculty, and staff with the ability to work together on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in a highly collaborative fashion. The service makes it easy for students to work together on joint projects, and for faculty to share course syllabi and other documents with students. Simply invite others to share your PSU Google Drive docs via their PSU email address.
As an added convenience, the desktop application of Google Drive allows users to copy files into what looks like a folder on the user’s PSU owned computer. All files in this ‘folder’ are then automatically synced with the user’s Cloud Google Drive account, which means that the files are easily available on the Internet via multiple devices.
For more information on using PSU Google Drive, visit the ITS Help Desk Wiki.