Mid Sweden University will stop using Google

As of the beginning of the 2021 spring semester, Mid Sweden University will stop using Google to manage student accounts and the services available via Google Workspace. Instead, Office 365 is also introduced for students. This change also affects you as an employee who uses Google services.

Background

Earlier this year, Mid Sweden University decided on a strategic direction for the web-based office support, data storage and collaboration. It was decided that Office 365 will be the primary platform for the university’s communication, collaboration and meetings. As a result, Mid Sweden University will stop using Google for managing student accounts, as well as the services available through Google Workspace (Google Apps).

Consequences

At the beginning of the spring term, when all students will gain access to Office 365 and the associated e-mail box, their current Google account will be terminated and deleted. The same applies to employees with a Google account. The account will be open and available until March 31, 2021, to make sure that users have the time to handle material they wish to keep in their Google Apps.

This means that for teachers using Google Workspace when teaching, sharing content with your students that way, please note that you will not be able to do so in the spring semester. In other words, in your planning and in your preparations for the spring semester, you need to consider that Google, as a service, will be replaced by Office 365 for the students. You will then, for example, be able to use Teams in your communication with the students.

Preparations, information and contact

The project group that prepares the change to Office 365 as a platform for students is currently focusing on completing the routines and conditions for the transition, but they are also looking into  experiences from the ongoing pilot where a couple of teachers and students are testing Teams as a collaboration workspace.

The following information has been published for students: Mid Sweden University will stop using Google. Further information about the phasing out of Google and about O365 for students will be published here on the staff pages in the near future, and for the students on the student web.

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the project managers Bo Zetterlund or Eva Rodin Svantesson.