One common use for these systems in teaching and learning is to post files for students to view or download. You can arrange items in folders by chapter, topic, or format — or create folders for project groups and others restricted to instructors.
Box and Drive offer ways to collaborate with people at Notre Dame and elsewhere. They also provide software for syncing selected folders with a desktop or laptop computer. One advantage to Google Drive is that there is essentially no limit to the amount of space available.
Note: DropBox, a popular alternative to Box, is not supported at Notre Dame.
Sakai provides course file storage for instructors through the Resources tool. Files can be hidden from students altogether or released to them at a specific time.
At Notre Dame
- Which option is for you? see the web page and comparison chart
- Contact: OIT Help Desk (631-8111) firstname.lastname@example.org
- CurateND – manage a research portfolio and securely archive files for the long term. Instructors might use it to preserve student capstone projects, for example.
- Contact: email@example.com (631-6258)
- Box Help and How-tos
- Google Drive help
- Note: you can share a Google Drive folder with a Google Group
- 12 reasons to use Box – and some caveats
[updated June 2015]