Cloud Services

The University contracts with many different vendors to provide services.

Service Offerings

Astra Online Event Calendar

Astra is an integrated software package for scheduling rooms and events. Depending on venue and event type selected, the information entered may be displayed on the Campus Events Calendar and the Morris campus website

Campus Connection

The Campus Connection tool provides websites for Morris campus Student Organizations to share photos, upcoming events, news, and documents.

Digital Collections

Digital Collections is the Morris campus digital photo collection tool.

Gmail

Keep your University of Minnesota email address, but use Google’s advanced email interface – without ads. Comes with a powerful spam filter.

GoldPASS

GoldPASS is the University's online database to help connect students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.

Through a partnership with Google, U of M students, faculty, and staff can access a suite of Google-powered tools designed to enhance our ability to work together. 

Library Databases & Resources

A variety of electronic resources and tools are available to facilitate the research process including subscription databases, research guides, catalogs, reference assistance, Endnote, and citing guides.

 

Moodle

Moodle allow instructors to organize all the resources students need for a class (e.g. syllabi, assignments, readings, online quizzes), provide valuable grading tools, and create spaces for discussion, document sharing, and video and audio commentary.

Netfiles

NetFiles is an online file storage tool that provides 5 GB of NetFiles storage to all current students, staff, and faculty. This enables you to securely store and share files on a University server that has been approved for storing private and protected data.  

NetFiles can be accessed using most web browsers or by creating a WebDAV share. Staff and faculty can also access NetFiles using a desktop client.

The University provides a number of free network storage options to faculty, staff, and students.

Qualtrics

Qualtrics is an online survey making tool available through the University of Minnesota. It is more secure than free survey building websites. Qualtrics is not only easy to use for basic surveys but also offers features for advanced survey construction, distribution, and reporting.

The Hosting services provides professionally-managed servers (virtual and physical) and database environments for University academic and administrative units. The servers and databases are maintained and managed by Office of Information Technology (OIT) database and systems administrators. This includes maintaining and managing the infrastructure, operating system, storage, backups, security, and patching.

Surveys and Polling Software enable University students, faculty, and staff to collect information from a variety of audiences.

UMReports

UMReports provides a reporting environment for the University's enterprise systems through two methods to help faculty and staff with operational and management decision making: UM Reports and the Data Warehouse. UM Reports contains pre-built reports to serve common needs.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The University of Minnesota Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a service makes it seem as though you are inside the University network when you cannot be. It enables a more secure connection to the University network when you are: using wireless, connecting from a non-University Internet Service Provider, and transmitting sensitive data accessing restricted University resource.

WebEx

Video conference

  • View full screen or adjust proportions with liquid layout
  • See up to 7 people’s video feeds
  • Watch video feeds and sharing side-by-side

Share anything on your screen

  • Show your whole desktop.
  • Or just one application — and keep the rest private.

Record

  • Everything in your meeting — including video feeds.

HD Voice

  • Crystal clear sound quality when you join by VoIP.

The University provides access to tools that enable students, faculty, and staff to publish and manage websites ranging from simple personal sites to organizational sites with large amounts of content managed by many people.