Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based apps and desktop programs that offer world-class productivity tools for teaching and learning. Many are familiar with the big three applications of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; Office 365 offers the big three and so much more. This page provides a list of resources to quickly get you started with Office 365 to improve your teaching and learning experience while attending EIU. Upon admission or employment at EIU every faculty, staff, and student is automatically provided subscription access to Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams is available to every single faculty, staff, and student at Eastern Illinois University!
Office 365 is comprised of online apps that require an internet connection along with traditional desktop applications that work offline, with Office 365 you get the best of both worlds. Hosting your files "in the cloud" allows you to access them from multiple devices, share, and collaborate with other faculty and students. In addition, Office 365 offers state-of-the-art communications capabilities with built-in video conferencing (Skype), chat conversations (Teams), online polls and surveys (Forms), and streaming video channels (Stream) to host video content.
The Office 365 suite of programs are cross-platform with apps available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and with browser access available via Chromebooks. Downloads for the Office 365 ProPlus desktop applications are available at the ITS Collaboration and Communication download page here.
To sign-in to Office 365 at EIU, go to the EIU homepage and click on the PantherMail link in the top-right side of the title bar. PantherMail uses Microsoft Outlook (part of Office 365) for the EIU email system. You will use your EIU NetID and password to sign-in. Once logged-in to PantherMail, you will see the "App Launcher" similar to the one below, the app launcher includes Outlook (email) along with many of the other Office 365 apps. To see all the apps available to you select "Explore all your apps."
Microsoft Teams has quickly become the goto app for group work for online communication and collaboration at EIU. Microsoft Teams is the digital hub for teamwork in Office 365. Keep all of your team's chats, meetings, files, and apps together in one place. Communicate with anyone on the team through chats, audio, video calls, and instant “Meet Now” sessions. In these times of remote teaching, learning, and work Microsoft Teams is here to help everyone at EIU communicate and collaborate during these challenging times. Everyone at EIU is just a click or touch away from communicating and collaborating with anyone at EIU and beyond.
Did you know PowerPoint has built-in recording tools? As a faculty, staff, or student at EIU you already have what you need to record a slide show or make a screencast using PowerPoint. If you do not already have PowerPoint installed on your Mac or PC you can download it for free as part of EIU's Office 365 subscription. The following two links will take you to a YouTube video providing an overview of how to get started with recording a slide show or how to make a screencast:
The video below walks you through signing-in to PantherMail (Office 365) along with setting up a OneNote notebook using the cloud-based storage space called OneDrive (three minutes). Each student is provided 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage while attending EIU.
For more instructional technology videos please visit the EIU Instructional Technology Center.
OneNote is a digital note-taking app that is organized similar to a three-ring binder with Sections and Pages. OneNote is one of the best kept secrets in education and can help you get organized as a place to keep all your notes. Imagine beginning your academic career at EIU and having access to a digital notebook for each class you have ever taken, with OneNote you can. Notes can be accessed 24/7/365; even from your mobile phone!
What is a Wakelet? A Wakelet is a collection of related bookmarks that can be shared and added to at anytime. Wakelets support multimedia that can be embedded for an attractive presentation and also support Immersive Reader for greater accessibility. The link below is a Wakelet collection for Office 365 products and how they are being used in education.
Connect and collaborate, find training and lessons, and earn badges and certificates on this personalized hub created for educators like you.