There appears to be an emerging interest in using “Sharepoint” as a team site for communication and collaboration. A private “Sharepoint” site can be created with selected team members who are part of the USF organization and it can be a self-contained virtual office/lab for chatting, sharing, meeting, or connecting in myriad ways to fulfill the private group’s mission and objective. It can also be a Chinese puzzle to figure out, so complex and intricate are its capabilities and navigational options.
Sharepoint is part of the Office 365 universe and is available to everyone at USF. My take is that it can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be, depending on what you want to do with it. The question, “What do you want to do with it?” may not be answerable until you get the answer to this question: “What can it do?” The 32-minute screencast below was recorded within the last year by Jamie Keet, a credentialed educational technologist and the author of the YouTube site “Teachers Tech.” I think it’s a great place to get a beginner’s overview of Sharepoint and its capabilities. Yes, it’s long, but be mindful of the gear icon in YouTube that allows you to watch it at faster speeds (e.g., 1.25 x normal speed).
Glen Gummess, Ed.D.
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