Starting today, all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Alberta are invited to "Go Google" and make the switch to uAlberta Gmail. Gmail is part of Google Apps for Education, which also includes calendaring, document preparation tools, chat, video calls, websites and more. The University of Alberta is the first large university in Canada to make the switch to Google Apps.
There are many groups on campus that are eager to make the switch, and there are some that are more cautious, wanting to minimize the impact of the switch on their day-to-day work. To keep the transition manageable, we are taking a staged approach to deployment: today we start moving students on AICT ("central") email, and in the near future we will move on to staff. We will continue to work with the faculties, departments and units to understand their needs and develop a schedule to get the rest of the university community switched over as soon as possible. It will take many months to move the entire university over to Google.
For all students: please go to the switch site, where you will be taken through the process of "Going Google." It is simple (just point and click), and should only take a few minutes to go through three easy steps:
1. Get Started
This step will give you access to Google Apps and prepare you to use uAlberta Gmail. You will be provided with the benefits of using Google Apps. After verifying your CCID and password you will be asked to agree to the terms and conditions.
2. Activate Email
This step will provide you with the details and benefits of using uAlberta Gmail. After reviewing, you will have the opportunity to redirect your new email; however, we recommend using the web-based Gmail interface.
3. Move Old Mail
This step gives you the option to move your existing email messages to uAlberta Gmail. You will be placed in a queue, and your email messages will be moved within five business days.
It is important to note that your @ualberta.ca email address will remain unchanged, even after you have switched to Gmail. Once you make the switch over to Gmail, you will also have single sign-on access to Bear Tracks, so you won’t have to log in multiple times.
If you have any questions, concerns or problems when switching to uAlberta Gmail, please contact the AICT Helpdesk.
Vice Provost and Associate VP (IT)
Further Links for Students
Google Sync for Mobile Devices
One Page Overview
Frequently Asked Questions
Enabling Multiple Sign-Ins
**Update** More information on the switchover from Express News, The Gateway, and The Google Blog.
**Update** Students can also enter a contest to win an iPad 2, a 42 inch plasma television, an Android phone, and other great prizes.