By Rhonda Gregory, Director of Distributed Education
There’s some exciting news from the Vol State IT department…faculty, staff, and students now have free access to Microsoft Office 365 for business!
Office 365 is a plan that provides access to Office applications plus online (cloud) storage for easy file management, retrieval across devices, and sharing. Our Office 365 plan also includes the desktop version of the latest Office applications. Students, staff, and faculty are able to download applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on their personal computers. You can download the available Office applications on up to 5 computers and 5 mobile devices (10 total!).
There are several wins when it comes to using Office 365, but cloud storage has to be my favorite. According to Withee and Reed from Office 365 for Dummies, one of the benefits of cloud storage
“…is that you always have a single source of the truth. If you make a change to a document from your tablet at home and then your colleague views the file from their phone, she will see the most up-to-date document.”
Here are just a few ways we can think about starting to use Office 365 suite of tools to help us improve our productivity and communication:
IT has created the following step-by-step guides to help you get started using Office 365.
There will also be online training available beginning spring semester through our new Lynda.com subscription. Microsoft provides Office help and training online for specific apps that you may find helpful. Finally, educators who sign up can final short videos, courses, and other resources on the Microsoft Education Training and Professional Development site.
And when you just need to talk to someone, the Vol State IT Help Desk is available in the library or by calling (615) 230-3302 or toll-free at (888) 335-8722 ext. 3302.
The Help Desk hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.