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We are considering adopting Microsoft SharePoint to, among other things, provide real time collaborative workspace for our students.  I've been hearing that this is a product primarily used in the corporate sector.  Are any of you using it at your institutions?  If so, is it the academic or administrative side of the house?? or both?   Any feedback on how its being used would be greatly appreciated

Regards

Linda

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Linda Brawner M.ED
Director of Educational Technology Services
Marygrove College
(313)927-1846
http://www.marygrove.edu/ets   
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We use Active Directory and MS Exchange and Office Communication server.  We use SharePoint on both sides (Administrative and Academic).  If you use the delivered functionality it works great (scales well, clean interface, etc.).  SharePoint is really a framework that allows you to do many, many things.  It can suck up lots of resources if you try to take advantage of all it can do.  Here we have integration with Lync turned on and are using basic delivered webparts.

 

A minor point is the default fonts are arguably too small for vision impaired.  You can increase the size of everything displayed from within web browser, but to increase the font size within SharePoint with the delivered web parts does take some time.

 

On the whole we are very happy with SharePoint.

 

Chip-

Chip Eckardt
CIO
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone (715) 831-2238
eckardpp@uwec.edu

 

 

 

Message from shelf@westernu.edu

Hi Linda,

 

We use SharePoint for many things, the latest of which is as a key component of a solution to replace our LMS (from a very, very major vendor).

 

So far, no complaints (no one misses the LMS), folks are happy, and we’re talking about it at Campus Technology both in Long Beach, and Boston, this year.

 

Come to our talk! (Shameless self-promotion: http://events.campustechnology.com/Events/CT-Forum-Conference/Sessions/Tuesday/T07-Leaving-the-LMS-Checking-out-of-the-Hotel-California.aspx).

 

Seriously, though, would be more than happy to share our experience with you offline.

 

Please let me know if I may be of further service.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Helf, DO, MSIT

Chief Technology Officer-COMP

Director, Academic Informatics

Assistant Professor

 

Department of Academic Informatics

Office of Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Western University of Health Sciences

309 East 2nd Street

Pomona, CA  91766

 

909-781-4353

shelf@westernu.edu

 

www.westernu.edu

 

 

 

Message from shelf@westernu.edu

Agree w/ Chip re. SharePoint  as a framework, most of what it can do, and do well, are widely underused.

 

Much of what used to require programming expertise, e.g., work flows and forms processing can be done without such expertise, with a modicum of knowledge / skill using SharePoint.

 

I can put you in touch with the folks at our campus who have used it for this purpose, who would be more than happy to share.

 

Sincerely,

 

Scott Helf, DO, MSIT

Chief Technology Officer-COMP

Director, Academic Informatics

Assistant Professor

 

Department of Academic Informatics

Office of Academic Affairs

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Western University of Health Sciences

309 East 2nd Street

Pomona, CA  91766

 

909-781-4353

shelf@westernu.edu

 

www.westernu.edu

 

-sch

 

 

Message from cloy.tobola@ndsu.edu

In my experience, Sharepoint is often highly regarded by those in leadership, and is less popular with those who actually have to implement and use it.

First, Sharepoint is designed to work well with any computer running the latest version of Windows and Office. If you are using an older version of Windows or Office, a Mac, or any other non-Windows device you may encounter a limited feature set or frequent errors or both.

Also, be sure that you have proper licensing in place. Unlike Web servers, Sharepoint requires that you purchase a CAL for every user. This may be included under your current site licensing; however, previously worked with a large non-profit that made a significant investment in Sharepoint and later learned that the required licensing for their user base was cost-prohibitive. Additionally, there are more costly licenses required for your content managers and developers. 

Sharepoint is a viable product for the corporate environment because in those settings the users' devices are typically Windows machines and the configuration is usually centrally managed. Higher ed seldom has the luxury of standard configurations.

-Cloy

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Cloy Tobola, Ph.D.
Interim Chief Information Officer
North Dakota State College of Science


From: "Brawner, Linda" <lbrawner@MARYGROVE.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2012 08:04:36 -0800
To: "CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [CIO] Is anyone usingMicrosoft SharePoint?

We are considering adopting Microsoft SharePoint to, among other things, provide real time collaborative workspace for our students.  I've been hearing that this is a product primarily used in the corporate sector.  Are any of you using it at your institutions?  If so, is it the academic or administrative side of the house?? or both?   Any feedback on how its being used would be greatly appreciated

Regards

Linda

--
Linda Brawner M.ED
Director of Educational Technology Services
Marygrove College
(313)927-1846
http://www.marygrove.edu/ets   
********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

We are using SharePoint 2010 for a number of solutions (not the main web presence): departmental sites, internal collaboration sites, external supplemental websites, department clubs, committee sites, Trustees will start to use it for meeting content and collaboration, centralized forms library, centralized calendars, reservation systems, student clubs, and automated forms. Lessons Learned: In SP2007 we adopted automated forms with workflow using InfoPath but we are now moving away from them to custom lists with workflow so they can be accessed by OSX machines easier (cross platform regarding some things can be a problem if you don’t think about it before you implement, like InfoPath utilization). Integration with Office and LYNC is seamless with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 and with Exchange 2010 the integration with Office 2011 for the MAC. We are also a Live@EDU environment for students (testing the potential move of faculty & staff) and SP2010 being a part of this solution makes using SP internally an easy choice. Our environment works across Windows and OSX platforms without many issues, however you can bump into the typical browser issue between IE, Firefox, and Chrome. The mobile experience of our site is pretty good and looks good on mobile devices (we are learning better layout skills to make it better). As for the LMS use – we have several potential solutions for LMS and CMS usage right now. All of which are not connected to each other yet. We are in the process of deciding the final path for us to take but see promise in SP2010 being a part of the solution since today we use the environment to stream audio and video content (or as a repository) as a part of the courses we deliver (faculty also use it for a content repository that they can access anywhere in a pinch). The easy upload and data management features for faculty make it easy to add content and remove it, security is tied to AD so this is a + for us and our ability to deploy solutions quickly has helped us when other solutions fall apart. Content Owners can be designers and make their own changes on the fly, removing IT from every single change that could hold things up and burden our limited resources. We are now looking at a CRM solution for Enrollment Management that integrates with SharePoint which would reduce the OIT learning curve at some level. I am seeing many higher education institutions using SharePoint now (for different reasons) and pushing the technology further and further than even the corporate environment. Collaboration is much more prevalent in higher education than in corporations given the mission. Is it an answer to every problem, nope. But what is? Plan to see you in Boston … ___________________________________ Charles Keeler Mitchell College Office of Information Technology Chief Technology Officer (860) 701-5254

Linda,

 

We implemented Datatel’s Portal using sharepoint this past year.  I will be glad to tell you about our adventures. 


Dave

 

 

David Schulte

Director - Enterprise Information Systems

Maryville University

650 Maryville Dr.

St. Louis, MO 63141

dschulte@maryville.edu

(314) 529-9329

 

 

 

Linda,

It is worth thinking about Google Docs. Google Docs provides a powerful collaboration space, and it is free.

Rick
Associate Provost for Technology & Information Systems



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