Email, Calendar, Groups
Google for Education
Michigan Tech has partnered with Google, the world-class email, calendaring and collaboration service, to provide you with your @mtu.edu email address, as well as a host of other collaboration tools.
Google Mail (Gmail)
Google is Michigan Tech's email provider. This system connects all faculty, staff and students, as well as alumni, prospective students, emeriti and adjunct faculty, etc. Gmail for Education offers unlimited storage per user, powerful spam filtering, integrated voice/video conferencing, and a 99.9% uptime SLA. Hosted by Google, there is no cost and no ads for students, faculty or staff. Gmail is securely powered by the web, so students and faculty can be productive at home, on the road, or on their mobile devices.
We offer support configuring and troubleshooting for a range of email clients, e.g., Thunderbird and Apple Mail. Instructions are available for configuring your email client, or you may contact us to assist you. Remember to use your full firstname.lastname@example.org as your username with your ISO password. Links to individual services like Calendar, Contacts, etc. will appear at the top right of page upon sign in.
Google Calendar enables users to easily schedule meetings, share event calendars, and stay organized – no matter how busy their days are. You can overlay multiple calendars to see when people are available while Google Calendar sends invitations and manages RSVPs. Google Calendar is integrated into Gmail and interoperable with popular calendar applications. Calendars can be shared school-wide or with select colleagues. A range of sharing permission controls help maintain security and privacy. View and edit event details, add new events, and invite guests on mobile devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone. You can even receive calendar notifications via SMS.
Google Drive is your place to keep single up-to-date versions of all of your files online with 5GB of storage. Access your files from anywhere with Google Drive on your Mac, PC or mobile device (or your browser!). In addition to any file-type you choose to upload, Google Docs are also stored in Google Drive. Share individual files or whole folders with specific people or your entire team. Develop new ideas with your team and move projects together more efficiently with online discussions on any file. As with all Google Apps, this application includes Google's powerful searching capabilities to help you find what you are looking for.
Collaborate and learn in real-time with Google Docs: web-based documents, spreadsheets, drawings and presentations that let users edit the same file at the same time so you always have the latest version. Google Docs lets users be productive at school, at home, and even on their mobile phones. Because Google Docs runs in a web browser, students can work from almost any family computer without having to purchase new software.
Google Groups (Mailing Lists)
Michigan Tech use Google Groups to provide email list services for the campus.
Please reference Google's documentation for information on how to use Google Groups. Google Groups is also the best way to use email lists with Google's other collaboration tools. A properly-configured Google Group can accept Google Calendar invites and items shared via Google Drive in an intelligent way.
To view the groups of which you're currently a member or to manage your groups or create new ones, please visit the "My Groups" section of Google Groups. Group creations are audited for abuse and compliance with Michigan Tech's computer use policy.
Google Groups privacy note:
The default settings for a Google Group will result in a group that anyone in the mtu.edu organization can read the archives (view topics) or join the group. Please pay attention to the settings for who can view topics and who can join the group on the list creation page. "View topics" permissions allows those users to view all group correspondence through the Google Groups web interface. "All organization members" means anyone with a mtu.edu email address.
Lists for a department, organization, or committee:
Log in to Google Groups and use the "Create Group" button, after reviewing the Google Groups privacy note above.
Lists for a class section:
Complete the Class List Request Form for Instructors.
What about Sympa?
Michigan Tech's legacy email list server, Sympa, is still active and manages many lists. Sympa should not be used for new email lists. To manage your Sympa email lists or list membership, please log in to Sympa (https://lists.mtu.edu).