I work at Coventry University where I teach English for academic purposes and have remit over learning technologies for EAP courses.
A few others and I across CU are trying to convince the university to sign up and support Google Apps for Education, which would sit alongside the university-mandated use of Microsoft Office and more specifically O365. IT Services are requesting that we put together a business proposal to this effect...
It's a bit of a headache considering some of the concerns they have raised, which are listed below.
Would anyone be able to assist in providing counter arguments with evidence/data that addresses these areas? For some reason, Jisc agreements and documentation, I suspect, will simply not be enough.
The aim of us who are interested in using Google Apps for Education for learning/teaching purposes is to have another tool (free at that!) along side MS Sharepoint/OneDrive, which does not offer the level of collaboration, it seems, that Google's apps do.
Any advice, support and the like would be very welcomed.
Concerns IT Services has raised:
1. Your Data is not yours
2. Industry Trends
Market research is showing that there is very little interest in companies requiring skills in Google apps from students they progress from University. This is also apparent from our University focus groups on cloud services. Google promotes its cloud services as leading edge, but missing workloads, limited flexibility, and data at risk undercut that claim. Google offers consumer-oriented productivity and business terms that aren’t suitable for our requirements. Google Apps for Education is only delivered as online services, so you have to move to the cloud all at once—ready or not—with only limited support, and virtually no flexibility to choose certain elements you need e.g. GMAIL.
3. Google Vs Office 365
There isn’t anything you can do in Google Apps that we do not offer to students already in our Office 365 programme. It is duplication of effort. The Office 365 space we offer students is currently 1TB and is being increased to unlimited by the Summer. This is already installed, we have a support contract and we manage all of our data with the correct privacy guarantees. It is linked into all our systems ranging from authentication services, students records and alumni.
The link below is provided to compare the two services. It is a MS link so there is maybe bias there but it is all factual information.http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office365/default.aspx#fbid=knjz50qOe5q