Collaborative Tools at UMass Amherst

You don’t need to keep track of emails, attachments with revisions, and addresses when you collaborate with Google Apps at UMass Amherst.

When you’re ready to share a document or presentation, just click File>Share… and start typing your classmate’s name in the search box. The UMass directory is built into Drive, so just select the right name and click “Share & Save.” The document will appear in that user’s drive right away, and you can start working on the same document in real-time.

Use the chat window on the right to talk to anyone sharing the document. There’s no email attachments or file versions to handle. Google Docs even saves changes automatically while you work.

Google Apps LogoUnlike your regular Google account, Apps at UMass Amherst does not show any advertisements and Google does not use your data for analysis or marketing campaigns. Apps at UMass Amherst also includes many critical security features specifically designed to keep your data secure and in your control. It allows you to control your data, including who you share it with and how you share it.

To get started, check out our Google Apps Quick Guides for using the Drive and Docs to work together with your group project.

If you are working on sensitive University research data, you can make use of our UDrive which is not as robust of a collaborative real-time tool, but can securely store your data as well as share documents, media, and folders with UMass affiliates and even others not within the UMass community by email address.

Google Apps at UMass Amherst provides you with 30 GB of storage shared between your Google Mail and Drive; Google Calendar to schedule meetings, create events, and share calendars with others; and many more apps to help you create a collaborative work.

To login to Google Apps, go to apps.umass.edu .

For more information, please visit our Apps at UMass Amherst F.A.Q.