What Is "Cloud Storage" and Why Use It?
"Cloud Storage" refers to storing your content online. When it is stored online, you can access it from nearly any device at any time. Keeping files online can be particularly handy when your primary device crashes or when you want to refer to a file in a meeting and didn't bring your device.
Which "Cloud(s)" Should I Be Using?
Clemson has a handful of cloud storage options available. Below are the recommended uses for these solutions as of 2021.
Ensemble is essentially Clemson University's YouTube but without ads, video suggestions, and viewing limitation (i.e. it isn't blocked in other countries). With it, Clemson employees can store, share, and publish media files while students can turn in video assignments without first creating an Ensemble account. Ensemble videos can easily be embedded in Canvas from the "App" (power plug) button in Canvas' editor.
OneDrive By Microsoft and Clemson Box
OneDrive and Clemson Box allows anyone at Clemson to create and store Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. PDF, .zip, and other files can also be stored in OneDrive and Box. Once in created or uploaded, these files can be shared with others, added to Canvas courses, and posted on websites.
OneDrive and Google Drive
OneDrive and Google Drive are great tools for collaborating. With each, it is possible for multiple collaborators to simultaneously contribute to the development of documents, presentation slides, and spreadsheets. In Canvas, the Collaborations feature is an easy way to get started on such collaborations. For collaborations involving other file types, these cloud storage options make it possible to share files and track changes within each version of a file.
What About SharePoint?
SharePoint is another storage options for collaborations and is closely linked with Microsoft Teams.
For more information about cloud storage, check out Clemson Online's Best Practices for cloud storage.