Google for Universities

Posted on June 14, 2007. Filed under: collaboration, education, google, strategy, technology, universities |

Google is providing universities with “Google Apps for Education” – gmail, google calendars and google document sharing/collaboration tools. Trinity College Dublin appears to be the first UK University to sign up. An advantage to students (and staff!) is that they can still have access to their email account when they leave. See: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/6741797.stm

Something that I have been pondering is whether students would find it useful to have a tab within their igoogle containing their University’s gadgets. The student could create such a tab from scratch themselves, but for some having a tab pre-populated with gadgets relevant to their life at uni, e.g. their course (e.g. news feeds, course calendar); their library (catalogue search box/website search box) etc that they can edit (add more gadgets to – not just those provided by their uni – and remove things from) may be useful – perhaps?

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Further to my post above, Martin Weller has blogged that Stuart Brown has developed a Netvibes Universe for openlearn (http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2007/06/openlearn-netvi.html). Martin asks the question “…why are universities, including my own, still persisting in developing their own portals?” Netvibes, like iGoogle is a personalised ‘web start page.’


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