September 18, 2007

MyFiles: Easy File Storage and Access

(This is a re-posting of a previous post on MyFiles @ BGSU. See the full, original post here.)

BGSU has unveiled a new service for Faculty, Staff, and Students...

MyFiles is a network-based, file storage system. It can be accessed at myfiles.bgsu.edu, simply login using your BGNet Username and password. MyFiles provides 1 Gigabyte of disk space per person and allows an individual to store copies of important documents such as homework, notes, papers, and graphics on a system that is accessible from anywhere on the Internet.

What is MyFiles?
  • Files stored on MyFiles can be accessed from any computer connected to the Internet through a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.

  • Files can be shared with friends, colleagues, collaborators, conference attendees, project team members, and others, both on and off campus. File owners are able to provide access that can be read-only or read-write, allowing for controlled access and collaborative editing.

  • Files can be tracked to see who has read the file and who has made changes to the file. MyFiles can even store multiple versions of a file to keep a history of revisions.

  • Files are secured by BGSU authentication username and password, and can be accessed by others only if the account owner gives permission. Access can be assigned based on BGSU usernames and passwords, or by electronic ticket that allows individuals not associated with BGSU to gain read-only or read-write access.

  • Files can be accessed by clicking on a designated web URL. Each file has a specific web URL that can be sent to others through email instead of sending entire files as attachments.


What MyFiles is NOT:
  • Not a place for instructors to store class notes for students, Blackboard should be used for this.

  • Not a place to share unauthorized copies of media or other digital files.


How could (or have) you as a faculty member or student utilize(d) MyFiles?
--> Click on the COMMENTS link below to post your thoughts!


1 comment:

Ashley said...

Does the CTLT plan to gather any data about how this new service is used? Do you plan any other assessments? If you do, we at Carnegie Mellon's Office of Technology for Education would love to hear about them...