Tag Archives: eDocs

Exactly how big is “The Cloud”?

There seem to be so many internet companies out there giving away storage space in the cloud for your use—Google, Dropbox, Box.com, and tons more. You have to wonder, exactly how much space is actually out there? Check out this infographic we’ve found that puts things into perspective in regards to exactly how much space is out there!

And remember, we offer many different solutions for Cloud storage for faculty, staff and students at UIS! From Box.com to Google Drive to eDocs, you are able to store your documents on the cloud and access them from wherever you may be! If you would like to learn more about these programs, check out our website, or feel free to contact us with any questions or if you’d like help to get started.

Communication is the key to success!

We have all heard this at some point in almost any situation, but in college, good communication between educators and students really is essential. Not meeting face to face on a daily basis can be a disadvantage when it comes to students keeping up with assignments and current issues related to the class, and utilizing resources.

Students are always online. Most of them actually have the web at their fingertips at any given point of the day. For this reason, it is clear that the internet is one of the best forms of communication with college students. There are many ways to utilize the technology that is everywhere to easily communicate with your students and enrich their educational experience in your course. Here are a few examples of ways to keep your students updated on announcements, assignments, and current issues that you find relevant to class.

Blogging is something we have all heard about, but most of us remain wary about it. I, myself, was one of those people until I started doing it, and realized it’s fun!

Blogging is a great way to establish consistent communication with your students. Post updates about current issues that are relevant to what is being discussed in class, and use incentives for your students to post back. It’s a great way for them to be involved in the class without actually being in class. Try Google’s free Blogger, or a blog meant to be used for educational purposes, like Edublog.


Wikis are another great way to promote student involvement outside of the classroom. A wiki is basically a website where visitors can actually participate in creating and editing information. There are a variety of ways you, as educators, can incorporate this into your class; post and brainstorm different topics, give students a place to collaborate and share assignments and materials, assign each student a small part of a large, ongoing project, or create a student-published online resource center. Try the wiki feature in eDocs, Wikispaces or Wetpaint.


Twitter may seem as though it has no purpose in a college classroom, but professors utilizing Twitter often have a good following by their students. Educators are able to share events as soon as they occur. Again, this is a great way to establish and maintain a connection outside of the classroom and keep students updated on issues relevant to class!

You will be surprised how much feedback and participation you receive from students when you prove yourself technically savvy and incorporate these tools into your class. I know I appreciate when a teacher of mine actively posts updates on their website or via other easily accessible forms of communication. If you have any questions or need any assistance incorporating these tools into your course, we would be happy to help!

The Dog Ate My Homework

Hopefully, by this point in your students’ educational career, the excuses are more creative. In fact, I’d venture to guess that technology is blamed more than unruly pets.

“My computer died. I lost my Flash drive. I e-mailed it to myself, but the e-mail server is down. I saved it on my friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/parent/neighbor’s computer and they are out of town now.” Sound familiar?

While I can’t promise the elimination of excuses, I can offer a solution for your students. eDocs, UIS’ document management system, is available for faculty, staff, and students to store and share files. eDocs is a web-based resource and can be accessed on or off campus, 24/7, from any computer with Internet access. If students would get into the habit of saving their work to eDocs (which ITS backs up nightly), there might be fewer excuses for not submitting work on time.

For more information, please visit our eDocs webpage.