OneDrive: More than Online Storage and Great for Students
Did you ever forget to save a document and lose the project that you started? Has your computer ever crashed and you could not access your documents? You may have been nearly done with a final project and then all of a sudden everything is gone. Unfortunately, many people have had this happen.
Now, with Microsoft OneDrive, you may have a backup plan. Colorado Technical University is providing access to Microsoft OneDrive for students as part of the Office 365 software package. Here are some things to know:
- Microsoft OneDrive can be downloaded and integrated seamlessly. Saving documents to OneDrive is as simple as saving a document in another folder. You can also download the apps for your mobile devices or use OneDrive from any Internet connection. If you’re constantly on the go and use different computers, you can use OneDrive to save documents to one spot. This makes accessing your documents easy.
- If you use OneDrive or Office 365, documents are automatically saved to OneDrive. If you are using a computer that isn’t yours, you don’t have to worry about downloading special software or carrying a USB drive to save your documents. You can access Office 365 and sync your documents, then access them later when you’re on your personal computer.
- Once you install Microsoft Office on your computer you can set it up so that your files are automatically saved to OneDrive. You can also modify your auto-save settings. That way if your battery dies or if your computer restarts without warning, you will be less likely to lose any unsaved work.
- You can also modify the settings on your phone so that any photos or documents on your phone can be backed up to OneDrive.
- When you work on group projects you and your classmates can create a shared folder on OneDrive and save all your work in one place. You can share specific folders or documents with others without giving them access to your entire OneDrive folder.
- Skype is also integrated into OneDrive online. It is easy to click the Skype button and talk to a classmate or colleague and share documents. This feature can help plan a group project or share different perspectives on a class topic.
Find out more about Microsoft Office 365.
Dr. Lisa Haas is the Director of Learning Solutions at Colorado Technical University. Haas received her Ed.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University. With over 15 years of experience in higher education specializing in online education, adult learning, and educational technology, Haas is dedicated to improving educational experiences for students through innovation and technology.