Google Meet creates a remote-work transformation
The IT team expected that Gmail would free people from the headaches of the prior system. What they didn’t expect was that other Google Workspace tools, like Google Meet, would have just as great an impact on how faculty and staff worked. Before Google Workspace, working and meeting remotely wasn’t practical for faculty and staff, since video conferencing hardware was limited. Now that Google Meet is available to every user, working remotely is part of everyday life at Pepperdine.
Most Pepperdine students study abroad at some point and need to be able to coordinate with professors and staff on the home campus. “With Google Meet, it makes it much easier for faculty and staff to provide the same level of service to our students studying abroad,” Bolan says.
Faculty and staff are also discovering the quality-of-life benefits that remote meetings can provide. “Anyone can easily jump into a Meet from home or a remote campus, and that gives them back time for their families, their children, and their health,” Bolan says. Meet and all the Google Workspace tools help the campus stay up and running in case of weather or natural disasters, such as seasonal wildfires in and around Malibu. “It means we have redundancy, because email, files, and meetings are all in the cloud,” Bolan adds.
Just as faculty, staff, and students now rely on Gmail and Google Meet every day, they’re now discovering how Google Drive also helps them work flexibly and remotely. “Drive takes away that physical dependency on having just one computer,” Lott says. “We saw that last year with the wildfires in Malibu, people realized that they didn’t have to worry about not having access to their primary computer, because they could work from any device.”
Since the earliest days of Google Workspace’s adoption, Pepperdine’s IT team has worked to spread the message that working in the cloud with Google Workspace is much more suited to the active lives of faculty, staff, and students.
“We’re always reinforcing what we initially said about Gmail, and now what we say about everything from Calendar to Drive,” Lott says. “It’s the idea that all of your files have a place in the cloud, and you can access them from your phone, laptop, or any computer. That’s been hugely impactful in getting more people interested in using Google Workspace.”