Collaborating with Google Team Drives

Google Team Drives has recently become available as an option for sharing files and folders. With Team Drives, documents are owned by a team instead of an individual. This means that when someone leaves the group, their files remain in the Team Drive without having to transfer ownership. Our Extension Technology team has moved to Team Drives which makes finding shared documents and folders so much easier! We also no longer need to transfer document ownership to a departmental account. We all have access to create folders and manage files within our Team Drive.
Team Drives FeaturesCan be shared to Google Groups and/or users with varying levels of accessAll members of a Team Drive see the same content Files are owned by the team, not by an individualYou can add external users to a Team Drive. The external user must have a Google account and be signed into Drive.Individual files in a Team Drive can be shared with people outside of your team Differences between My Drive and Team Drives
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Tech Training for Extension

Earlier this month, we shared our checklist of core technology skills in Extension e-news. This list is sorted by role and includes a link to learning resources for each topic. It’s a great way to get up to speed with some of the core technologies we use every day.

For many of the other applications and technologies that we use, Extension technology can provide training by appointment or group training on request. We can help determine the best format for for your group.

Check out our list of workshop offerings. Many of these workshops are available online anytime and others can be delivered on request. If you don’t see what you need on the list and want to request something else, please let us know. Additional information can be found on the Extension Technology Intranet. You can request training by contacting Karen Matthes, klm@umn.edu.

More resources to help you stay up to speed

  • Extension Quick Bytes is a way for us to share technology news, tips, tutorials and examples of technology projects. Be sure to subscribe if you want to be notified when we post something new.
  • Extension Conferences - watch for technology workshops offered at staff or program conference.
  • Lynda.umn.edu is a great resource for nearly 2,000 courses for all skill levels in technology, software and business. This is available for free to University students, faculty and staff.
  • Self-help Guides are available for a number of technologies.
Please let us know the tech training needs you have!



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