Published July 20, 2021
Faculty and instructors won’t need to log in or do anything differently to use the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Or, they can log in to use new apps like OneDrive and Teams from UB’s centrally scheduled classrooms.
As UB moves to Microsoft 365 for Office apps like Word, PowerPoint and Excel, these latest versions are being made available on public computers throughout campus, including teaching station computers in UB classrooms.
While this change brings the latest Microsoft Office features to classrooms, care was taken to avoid changing the experience or adding additional steps for instructors using classroom technology. Instructors should expect to find up-to-date Office apps in the same place as before.
In addition to the standard Microsoft Office apps, two new apps have arrived in UB classrooms: Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft OneDrive is a new cloud storage option at UB. Faculty, staff and students each have 128 GB of storage in OneDrive, which can be used to open, edit, share and collaborate on documents.
OneDrive requires its own login for use in classrooms. As always, be sure to log out of OneDrive and any other accounts when finished using a public computer.
Microsoft Teams is a text, voice and video collaboration tool, similar to Zoom but with a few unique features. Zoom is also available in UB classrooms, and will continue to be available.
To use Microsoft Teams in the classroom, sign into your UB Microsoft 365 account when prompted.
Whether just getting started teaching at UB, or in need of a refresher, we can help. Contact the UBIT Help Center, online at buffalo.edu/ubit/help or by phone at 716-645-3542 (press 2 for classroom support); we can even provide a one-on-one tutorial in the classroom of your choice.