Student Email: Office365 & Outlook

For the first time, all NIU faculty, staff and students are in the same email/calendaring/callaboration environment: Office365

  • Students communicate and collaborate with faculty through the same email, calendaring, document sharing and instant message/video platform. Students and faculty can look each other up for email addresses, meeting invitations, and video conferencing with Skype for Business.
  • The O365 environment is a HIPAA-compliant for students in health sciences study and practice.
  • Students can work offline using the full desktop versions of the latest Microsoft Office applications. Install on up to 5 PCs or Macs and multiple mobile devices, including Windows tablets, Android tablets, and iPads.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office is listed as a required job skill 5 times more frequently than all other software programs combined!


Faculty and Staff

  • Office 365 Collaboration Tips for Faculty from the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
  • Establish methods and schedules for communication early in your courses. Students will be able to search the Global Address List for faculty and staff and set up meetings. 
    • Students will also find faculty and staff on Skype for Business for IM chat. 
  • The default calendar permissions for all users is set to “Free/Busy time,” meaning others can see only if you are free or busy during a specific time using the “Scheduling Assistant.”See Changing calendar permissions.
  • If you have students create Google Sites as part of your course, they must use personal Google accounts or an alternate service to host webpages. There are a number of free web-based html hosts available, including Cloud 9 iDE, which allows developing and hosting HTML and JavaScript pages.
  • If you are using Google Sites for your course administration, consider using Blackboard or requesting a SharePoint site from DoIT.

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