What is Google Apps for Education?

Google is currently offering educational institutions hosting for email, calendars, drives, and other productivity tools through Google Apps for Education, an integrated communication and collaboration solution.

Why is Yaşar University SoFL offering Google Apps for Education?

This product enables Yasar University SoFL to provide instructors with SoFL-branded, advertising-free access to a variety of popular cloud-based tools at a low cost to the university.

Can both instructors and students use Google Apps for Education?

Yes. They both can access SoFL Cloud Google Apps with their Google Apps userID and password.

Can instructors have both Google Apps for Education and Outlook accounts?

Yes. Current instructors can use both of them.

Are there any restrictions on using Google Apps for Education?

Yes. Google Apps may be used only for materials and information. SOFL instructors are highly encouraged to continue using Outlook (Microsoft Exchange) for university email and collaborative activities. Google Apps will not replace Outlook and is simply being offered as an additional technology option for working with protected information.

Can I opt out of Google Apps for Education?

Creation and use of a SOFL Cloud Google Apps account is completely compulsory. Old Drives will not be accessible to instructors after April 30, 2015.

How can I use Google Apps for Education?

To set up, please watch the video; Yaşar University SoFL Cloud – Google Drive 101

There are lots of ways to use Google apps for education, work, or personal productivity! For inspiration and examples, visit Google Apps on YouTube!

Are all of Google’s Apps available with a SOFL Cloud Google Apps account?

No. At this time the agreement between Yaşar University and Google provides access to the core services: Email, Google Plus, Calendar, Contacts, YouTube, Talk, Drive/Docs, and Sites.

Access to additional services is available but not covered by the standard terms of service agreement between Yaşar University and Google. Examples of such services include: Blogger, Google Voice, Picasa Web AlbumsGoogle Code, and Google Webmaster Tools. More information regarding the terms and conditions of these additional services can be located on the SOFL Cloud Google Apps Usage page SOFL Google Apps Usage page.

Users who wish to access other Google Apps may do so by creating a regular, non-SOFL Google account.

What’s the difference between a Google account and a Gmail account?

A Google Account can be used to access a variety of Google apps and services, including Gmail, from a single unified profile. A Gmail account is simply an email account provided by Google. When you activate your SOFL Cloud (Google Apps for Education) account, you automatically receive access to a SOFL Cloud Gmail account as well.

What’s the difference between a SOFL Cloud Google Apps for Education account and a regular Google account?

SOFL Cloud (Google Apps for Education) accounts are branded with yasar.edu.tr domain and users are not presented with advertising while using them. However, not all Google apps and services are available with a SOFL Cloud accounts.

What if I already have a non-SOFL Could Google account or Gmail account?

No problem! Creating a SOFL Cloud (Google Apps for Education) account will not affect your existing personal Google or Gmail account. Your Google Apps account for SOFL provides the benefits of using Gmail and other Google tools in an ad-free environment.

If you wish, you can forward mail between your SOFL Cloud Gmail account and other email accounts you may have. However, if you forward SOFL Cloud email to another account, email sent from that account will not display yasar.edu.tr branding.

Are there any technical requirements for using Google Apps for Education?

Most Google tools simply require a computer or mobile device with an internet connection and a current web browser. However, not all features of each tool may be available on all platforms/browsers. For more details, check the Help manual for the product you are interested in using.

How do I change my SOFL Cloud Google Apps account password? Is it the same as my regular Outlook (Microsoft Exchange) password?

No. Because Google Apps for Education is a hosted service, you will have a separate userID and password for your Google account. Passwords will be given by IT admins via e-mail. If you do not know your password, please contact IT to learn your password. If you login for the first time, a new password will be requested.

Does my SOFL Cloud account password expire?

No, your SOFL Cloud Google Apps account password does not have a timed expiration period, although we do recommend changing it periodically for security. Because the accounts are separate, changing your SOFL Cloud account password will NOT affect your Outlook (Microsoft Exchange) and vice versa.

What happens to my SOFL Cloud account if I graduate or leave SOFL?

After you graduate as a student from Yaşar University or leave SoFL, you cannot use your SoFL Cloud and Outlook (Microsoft Exchange) account. The timing of the account deletion can vary based on the individual employee’s circumstances and relationship with the university at the time of separation.

Why might I be denied access to a Google calendar, document, or other resource?

You may be trying access protected content while logged into Google with an account other than the account that has permission to access that content.

When you log into one Google App or site, Google remembers who you are so you don’t have to log in again when you try to access another Google App or site. If you use more than one Google account, you just need to make sure you’re logged with the right account to access the content you want. Account information and sign in options are usually displayed at the top of Google’s webpages for easy access.

Google also supports signing in to multiple accounts at the same time. More information about that feature, including how to set it up, is available at Google’s Support Site.

Where can I learn more or get support for Google Apps?

Because Google Apps for Education is a hosted solution, support is provided by the vendor. To access support documentation, visit Google Support.

I want a SOFL Google Apps account! Where do I sign up?

New account is only created by admins and webmasters. Please contact our schools webmaster to get a SoFL Cloud Google Apps account.

I already have a SOFL Google Apps account! Where do I log in?

To access your Google Apps account, go to SoFL Cloud Google Apps  and enter your Google userID and your Google Apps password.