Emporia State’s Information Technology department is reaching new heights with Sky, a new online application introduced to the student body and faculty members of Emporia State at the beginning of the 2013 fall semester.
Sky resembles iCloud, where everything is stored online and can be accessed from any device with an internet connection. It has been available at ESU since last spring, but recently went through several enhancements – some as recently as last month.
The Sky network was implemented by ESU’s IT staff – or Client and Server Solutions Team – as a helpful way for students and faculty to perform many office and work-related tasks.
With Sky, Ray Hauke, vice president of administration and fiscal affairs, said a person can “store information which is retrievable by a group which the user designates, and access the Microsoft Office suite.”
Instructors are able share information with SkyBox, similar to the more widely known Dropbox, which can only be accessed by specific students chosen by the instructor.
“I am using…SkyBox, to post information about the Tuition and Budget Committee and the Campus Master Planning effort,” Hauke said. “And I have designated the group which may access it as anyone with campus login credential.”
The service that students seem to have been using the most is SkyPrint, which allows each student to print a hundred pages for free. It also allows students and faculty to upload a document into the wireless Sky for later printing or download.
“I’ve used Sky twice to print things off for two of my classes,” said freshman elementary education major Bailey Scholl. “…I just knew that I could print them off at the library so that’s where I went.”
Printing via Sky is available is not only available in the library, but also Memorial Union, Towers Residence Hall, Richel Learning Space in Cremer Hall and Cora Miller Hall (Nursing).
Another fundamental part of Sky that students will find very beneficial is SkyLab. It provides access to computer software that Emporia State licenses from anywhere on campus.
“Every student can go to Skylab and get access to Microsoft Office- Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and more,” said Michael Erickson, associate vice president of information technology. “Statistical software is also available. In some cases, we create special SkyLab environments for specific courses, departments or colleges because the software they used can’t be licensed for all students.”
There are three other services that Sky: SkyFiles, in which work can be saved and visited at a later time, and SkySites, which is used for sharing documents and meeting notes
To get connected with Sky, visit sky.emporia.edu.