As most of you head out for the summer, I thought it a good time to give you a quick update.
Over the course of the summer, ITS is planning on upgrading our email program. We've heard plenty from you about problems with email in myPlymouth, WebMail and a lack of reliability this year. That has caused some of you problems at critical times of the semester. Our regrets. Several ITS managers met with student leaders in April to discuss what students need from an email program. This is what they said:
- Simple, uncluttered web interface, like Yahoo, Google and HotMail.
- Calendar that can be shared
- Easy, intuitive navigation
- Ability to store contacts
- More storage capacity for personal documents
- Ability to send large attachments
We explored options, such as outsourcing student email to Google. After careful consideration of the pros and cons, we (and many faculty) felt that driving students to GoogleMail as an official communication tool would compromise some security and privacy. This was not unanimous, nor would we rule it out in future years, but at this time we decided to bolster our resources internally.
When you return in the fall, you will find a new email program that will meet all the needs above. We heard you.
There will also be a major facelift to myPlymouth on Memorial Day Weekend. Think of it as a Botox injection. We think you'll like the new layout. It's less cluttered and more functional. Tighter.
At the same time, the PSU Web pages, with a focus on external audiences, will also be unveiled.
ITS wishes you all a safe and enjoyable summer. For graduating seniors, congratulations! We'll be looking for you in the Alumni myPlymouth.
Dwight Fischer, CIO