Norse Apps

ITS has implemented G Suite for Education at Luther under the name Norse Apps. This online productivity suite includes Luther-branded versions of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Chat, Google Hangouts Meet, Google Docs, and Google Sites.

This ITS Training document is meant to help point you to the training resources that are offered. Contact the Technology Help Desk at x1000 or [email protected] with questions.

Norse Apps Components

The core Norse Apps components are fully supported by ITS and may be accessed through a Luther URL (e.g. http://mail.luther.edu). They include Norse Mail, Norse Chat, Norse Calendar, Norse Docs, Norse Groups, Norse Sites, and Hangouts Meet.

Norse Mail (Gmail) – http://mail.luther.edu

Gmail is Google’s email service. With Google Apps, all accounts include built-in Google search technology to quickly navigate through all of your mail. Gmail also helps you manage large quantities of mail by automatically grouping related messages, so you see a whole series of related replies all at once.

Gmail integrates instant messaging into the mail browser window, so you can see when your contacts are online and connect with them in real-time. Your chat conversations can be saved and searched within Gmail, just like your email conversations.

For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsemail/.

Norse Chat – http://mail.luther.edu

Google Chat helps you communicate more effectively and efficiently by providing a simple and free way to speak with and exchange instant messages with your contacts.

All you need to make free calls around the world is an Internet connection, a microphone, and a speaker (which are built-in to most computers these days). Google Chat also offers file transfers so you can quickly send attachments while you’re instant messaging, and voicemail so you can leave a message when your contacts aren’t online. Voice functions are available from Microsoft Windows-based PCs. For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsechat/.

Norse Calendar (Google Calendar) – http://calendar.luther.edu

With Google Calendar, sharing events and meetings with others is simple. You can coordinate schedules with people in several ways:

  • Send out meeting and event invitations, and track people’s responses whether or not they use Google Calendar.
  • Share your calendar (or just some of your information) with people you know.
  • Create a shared calendar for your organization, team or group that everyone can view and edit.
  • Create a public calendar that anyone can subscribe to.
  • Display your calendar on your website.

Google Calendar and Gmail are integrated to make using Google Calendar even easier. Your calendar draws from the same contact list as your email account, so inviting others to events and meetings is fast and easy.

For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsecalendar/.

Norse Hangouts Meet (Google Hangouts Meet) – http://calendar.luther.edu

Google Hangouts Meet is a remote meeting and collaboration tool used for web conferences and online presentations. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to organize and attend online meetings. General features include:

For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/hangouts/

Norse Docs (Google Docs) – http://docs.luther.edu

Google Docs is a web-based word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation program that makes collaboration more efficient. It lets you keep a document online that others in our organization can edit and update simultaneously right from their browsers, so you don’t need to keep track of attachments and who has the latest version of a file. Multiple people can make changes at once, and see other people’s edits as they happen in real-time. And each revision is automatically saved for you, so you can see who changed what, when, and revert to an older version at any point.

It’s easy to get files into and out of Google Docs. To start from an existing file saved on your computer, simply upload the document and pick up where you left off. To work on documents offline or distribute them as attachments, simply save a copy of your Google file to your computer in the format that works best for you. Whether you upload or download, all of your formatting will be preserved.

You can also use Google Docs to create an online web form that can be emailed to recipients. Once they have received the form, entered and submitted their responses (all through email), the information is automatically put into a Google Docs spreadsheet for you. No paper and no re-keying of the information are needed.

The Google Docs suite is not intended as a full replacement for workstations-based tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. But it does offer a powerful suite of complementary functions to be used alongside more full-featured software. For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsedocs/.

Norse Groups (Google Groups) – http://groups.luther.edu

Norse Groups is a quick and easy way for groups of people with a common interest to facilitate discussions. For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsegroups/.

Norse Sites (Google Sites) – http://sites.luther.edu

Norse Sites makes creating a team web site or ePortfolio as easy as editing a document. You can quickly gather a variety of information in one place — including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and gadgets — and easily share it for viewing or editing with a small group, your entire organization, or the world. For more information visit https://www.luther.edu/helpdesk/norsesites/.

Norse Apps Policies

Credentials issued by Luther are property of Luther, and all data contained in and accessed by Norse Key accounts issued by Luther are subject to Luther’s policies on intellectual property ownership, and in many cases are property of the College. Norse Keys will no longer be valid after an individual ends their relationship with the College. Therefore, Google services accessed using a Norse Key should only be used for Luther-related business. Individuals wanting to use Google services for personal reasons should create and maintain a separate personal account with Google. This will ensure access to account information after their time ends at Luther.