I am pleased to announce that Ryerson University has reached an agreement with Google to make Google Apps for Education available to all students, faculty, and staff. Google Apps is a powerful collaboration platform that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Drive and other services.
Starting on the Thanksgiving weekend, Computing and Communications Services (CCS) will begin the process of setting up Google accounts for everyone at Ryerson. Faculty and students who opt to use Gmail instead of Rmail will have their email moved to Gmail as will all Ryerson staff. Note: your email address will not change and you will not see advertisements. (GroupWise users will receive more information via email.) If everything goes according to plan you will have access to Google Apps by October 9.
More information about Google Apps and how to opt-in to Gmail is available at http://ryerson.ca/googleI encourage you to visit the site to find out more.
The decision to adopt Google Apps for Education was made after a year-long consultation process that considered issues of privacy, security, accessibility, platform features, and cost effectiveness. More information on the consultation process is available on the consultation blog at http://email.blog.ryerson.ca. I am thrilled that the process led to the adoption of a new online working environment for Ryerson University. I hope you enjoy using it to collaborate and communicate.
Vice-President, Finance and Administration