Beverly Edens, Solutions Architect for Technology Support Solutions, led the IT Services Brown Bag Lunch and Learn on Microsoft Office 365. Beverly gave a broad overview of the various features and tools that faculty and staff can use within Office 365.  Because there are so many great features with Office 365, which students, faculty, and staff have free of charge through the university, she recommended scheduling individual or group training sessions with her team.
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Some of the features she explored were:

  • Onedrive
    • Onedrive is a cloud storage solution that allows one to save documents to one’s university account.  The university currently has over 2.5 million files stored in Onedrive!
  • Sway
    • sway is an alternative to PowerPoint and is easy to use, has many templates to choose from and allows you to easily insert media and effects.
  • Delve
    • delve attempts to bring everything “in your world” together into one place.  This may include documents, groups you are a member of, sway files, and files that are shared with you, etc.
  • Forms
    • this is a template for collecting basic information, and can be used as a questionaire type form. Questions can be a star rating system, a likert scale, open comments, and more!
    • you can then export the information to excel and gather data.
    • These forms can be sent as a link, QR code, or be embedded in a website.
  • Teams
    • teams allow groups to collaborate with one another.  There is a messaging feature that allows for group chat, a file sharing system, an ability to create tasks, and connect to other apps you are using such as Wrike, Power BI, and others.
    • This feature as well as groups are one of the more popular features of Office 365.

Beverly also discussed Planner, Staffhub, My Analytics, Bookings, Flow, Power BI, and more!  There are so many options! Be sure to schedule a training session to learn about all of the features!

The goal of the IT Brown Bag Lunch and Learn is “to support campus wide discussion and collaboration around a broad range of technologies. The hour is designed for students, faculty and staff to learn about campus services, share ideas and provide a feedback forum regarding any topic related to technology at the University of Arkansas.”


Marie Riley, Director of Technology Support, is responsible for initiating the brown bag series which she hopes will foster a sense of community and collaboration on campus between IT services, faculty, administration, and students.

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