Locker Disabled for Students Beginning Spring 2013

At a recent meeting of the Springboard Faculty Steering Committee, the committee determined that it would be best to disable access to the Locker tool for students going forward. This change will take place at the beginning of the Spring 2013 semester.

For students that are actively using the Locker tool, there are many alternatives for web-based storage available to you. As a point of reference, the Locker tool in Springboard is restricted to 1MB of storage. Here are some examples -

  1. Google Drive: With your UA email account, you automatically have access to 5GB of storage for free. You can access it from your UA email by clicking “Drive” on the menu bar at the top of the page.
  2. Amazon Cloud Drive: An Amazon account includes 5GB of free storage. Learn more here: http://amazon.com/clouddrive/.
  3. Dropbox: Free account includes 2GB of storage, along with 500MB of bonus storage with each person you refer (up to 18GB). Learn more here: https://www.dropbox.com/.
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19 Responses to Locker Disabled for Students Beginning Spring 2013

  1. Traci Billups says:

    I don’t know who’s bright idea this is but it is a real bad one. I do not want my personal information all over the internet. The locker works wonderful for me because I do alot of school work from work and having it easy at hand is wonderful. This is a real injustice. What is wrong with the present locker format? I have never had an issue with it.

    • neil whitesell says:

      i don’t think it’s that it had an issue they just want to save money and storage space.

    • ajb40 says:

      Springboard is not designed to be a file server, so its capabilities in this area are limited. The current Springboard system utilizes 7 servers and over 2 TB of storage. Even with continuing upgrades, Springboard’s file storage system has not been able to keep pace with Google’s free offerings in terms of features and capacity.

      The Google account that is provisioned for students is not the public cloud-based solution that is openly searchable on the web. Google allows educational institutions to maintain some control over these services. As a student using the account associated with your UA Net ID, you have flexibility to determine the level of security you would like to place on the files you post there. You have much larger storage capacity and numerous additional features such as the ability to create files.

      By using this service, the University is able to offer an improved file storage service to students while reducing the costs associated with maintaining our own hardware.

      • Bob Chalfant says:

        ajb40,
        Your claim of “Reducing” the cost isn’t accurate: the university is actually “tranferring” the cost back to the student without a corresponding reduction in fees. We all understand it, so there is no need to use doublethink and newspeak to disguise it.
        And while 2 TB of storage may have been impressive as recently as 10 years ago, I have that more than that on my desk right now.

        • Matt says:

          He said costs associated with maintaining their own hardware, they still have to pay per user to use Google Apps for Business, so they are getting more value for their money. 1MB vs 5120MB and numerous features that the locker would never be capable of. I also didn’t see any doublethink or newspeak. He wasn’t trying to be flashy by mentioning the 2 terabytes, he was pointing out there is no way to provide 20,000+ students the same level of features and amount of storage that other online storage services provide without a significant investment or infrastructure overhaul. The University may have its faults but if you’re that critical of the University, do us a favor and transfer to Kent, at least there it’s cool to hate Akron.

    • Matt says:

      What is a real injustice is that you are complaining about thrown together online storage option that not even 1% of the student body used versus alternatives that are better in every way. And why would they? The locker was one megabyte in size, that won’t even store a decent lecture’s powerpoint, where as Google offers 5000 megabytes and you can share/edit files with friends (makes group projects sooo much easier), or God forbid you join us in the 21st century and carry around a password protected USB flash drive if you are that concerned about privacy. Your personal information wouldn’t be all over the Internet with those solutions any more than it all ready is by using the locker, I’d be willing to bet that those services are more secure than the locker.

  2. neil whitesell says:

    As if the uakron website itself wasn’t a travesty, they are making even more cuts!
    The level of service around here has been in steady decline and the college is failing to keep up with the technilogical needs of students moving foward.

  3. Jon says:

    Can the existing “Locker” link in Springboard be replaced with a link directly to the Google Drive?

  4. Andrew says:

    I think this is a good idea. I already use Dropbox for most of my needs, and have used Google’s storage for certain projects also. I don’t know why one would want to have their storage limited to the University. All 3 above options are better just on the basis of more storage and they have mobile applications to download/upload content using your phone. Not to mention they have way more developers and people working behind the scenes to ensure smooth operation and security compared to Akron, no offense, just the way it is.

  5. Larry says:

    The issue with Google Drive, Amazon Cloud, and Dropbox is that they must be installed on the computer you are using. Campus computers at University of Akron and at Wayne College do not allow students to install these applications on the computers they are using.

    Unless there are plans to have computer administrators install these applications on campus computers, these applications would be useless. I would love to use Google Drive instead of carrying a flash drive with me. But since these applications cannot be installed on computers by students, it makes them useless.

    • Matt says:

      You do realize that each of those services have a web interface to access (download/upload) your files right? You don’t have a problem accessing your email on different computers do you?

  6. Melissa Kennemuth says:

    So what happened to the information I had stored in my locker? Did it just get deleted?

  7. David says:

    Are files that we had in our Locker gone for good, or is there a way we can still access them?

  8. Steph says:

    All of those other suggestions for saving documents are great!
    They aren’t applicable from University computers though.
    I’d like to get my documents back because STILL have not gotten a response on how to get my documents back.

    The locker was actually useful for group work on Springboard
    and made it easy for students who are commuters so they could save documents to the same place they are already logged into for a specific class, and be able to open them on campus to print or use just by logging into springboard.

    useful for some majors, but not all. was very useful for mine.

  9. Barrett says:

    I am not in favor of this at all. The locker on springboard was very convienent and helped me out greatly. I hope whoever the head guys are in charge of springboard bring it back, I can’t imagine it being a huge cost that can’t be covered by our fees.

  10. Matt says:

    Can we at at least have the network not throttle traffic to Microsoft Skydrive if we are pushing cloud based storage? Last I checked about a couple months ago, trying to access even the web based option was completely unusable due to throttling in Polsky.

  11. Cierra says:

    This was a a decision that should have been made by the student body. Regardless of what one person thinks, this was a helpful tool for many students who either may not have a storage space of their own or quite possibly may have forgotten it somewhere. Whatever the case, the locker tool HELPED students. It was a safe, dependable place to store assignments. I am in favor of bringing it back.

    • Justin says:

      The university pays for each individual student to have a Google account. If you haven’t noticed, by signing into your school email account, you have access to all of Google’s tool / applications. The locker on springboard is completely useless now that there is an easier, cheaper, and much larger storage tool available in Google Drive (And EVERYONE has access to this). Complaining about the “locker” being removed is like complaining that all of the computers around campus don’t have a 3.5″ floppy drive anymore. And I’d love to see this decision emailed to the student body, it’s so rediculously un-important that they’d probably get 5 total votes.

  12. J'Lani Pryce says:

    This was a horrible idea I used the locker feature religiously and I had a lot of work saved to it. What happened to all the work I saved?

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