Center for Information Technology Services
Google Apps for Education (GAE) Replaces myUMB Mail for Students
Plain old email is so “last year”! As of the Fall, 2011 semester UM students have “gone Google”! The Center for Information Technology Services began working with each UM school last spring to have all incoming students eligible for GAE create their email accounts on Google, and to have existing students be switched over to Google in the first week of October. (Eligible students are students enrolled in all schools except for those in the School of Medicine who are enrolled in MD and MD/PhD; Physical Therapy; Medical and Research Technology; Pathology Assistant; and Genetic Counseling degree programs.)
This migration of email accounts moved all eligible students from the old, “plain vanilla” myUM Mail system to a veritable triple-dip banana split of Google communication services. The new Google suite offers such features as communication tools for document sharing, instant messaging, video, and chat; calendaring; the ability to access information across platforms such as iPhone and Android; and over 25 GB of storage for each user. Furthermore, “single sign-on” means that once a user types in an existing myUM (formerly myUMB) ID, he or she will immediately have access to Blackboard and UM Alerts as well as GAE.
As HIPAA-covered entities, the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have a special need to ensure that communications regarding patient health are done via a secure method. CITS worked closely with both these schools to custom-tailor solutions that best meet their respective requirements.
To learn more about GAE at UM, visit: http://www.umaryland.edu/helpdesk/systems/gae/about_gae.html.