Collaboration Tools


The University provides a number of applications that facilitate communication and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff.  A few of these tools (office suites and video conferencing options) are highlighted below.

Learning Resources

If you would like to learn how to use these applications, training (such as instructor-led or recorded sessions, quick start guides, etc.) are available at:

General Office Suites

Office 365 Suite

  • Access via
  • Available anywhere with an Internet connection and web browser
  • Includes Word, Excel, PPT, Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, OneNote, Sway, Planner, Stream, and more
  • Several of these products can also be accessed using the desktop and/or mobile app versions
  • See Resources for Learning Office 365 for additional training

Outlook (included in O365)

  • Standard email and calendar system for University communications

OneDrive (included in O365)

Teams (included in O365)

  • Communicate and collaborate with others on projects, committee work, events, activities, etc.
  • Tools for chat, sharing files, conducting/participating in meetings, etc.
  • Sync files for easy access via Windows File Explorer

Google G-Suite

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing may be used to host and participate in virtual meetings, conduct classes, etc. using audio and/or video.  There are several video conferencing options available at PSU:


  • Most robust of all options for both presenter and attendees
  • Access/schedule via
  • Can also use desktop client and mobile app
  • Visit our Video Conferencing web page for more details

Office 365 Teams Meetings

  • Teams Meetings is an application within Teams
  • Ideal for meetings and small-scale presentations
  • Limited feature set, although new features are frequently added
  • Access/schedule via (or use the desktop or mobile app)

Office 365 Live Event

  • Live Event is an application within Teams
  • Intended use is for one-to-many communications (where audience mainly views the content has limited options for interactions)
  • Access/schedule via
  • Attendees can use mobile app to view

Google Meet