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Google Classroom Pilot Project

An online cloud-based learning platform being pilot tested at the University of Minnesota during 2015–17.


Google Classroom is a web-based platform that is part of the suite of tools offered through Google Apps for Education. It integrates with other Google Apps such as Google Docs, Gmail, and Calendar. Instructors and students can access Google Apps for Education tools directly from Classroom.

As part of the University’s ongoing mission to review and evaluate emerging instructional technology, select students, faculty and instructional staff have participated in pilot testing during 2015-16.

2016-17 Pilot Timeline 

  • Sept-May 2016: Faculty and students use Google Classroom with ongoing support; evaluations conducted
  • May 2017: Pilot concludes
  • Summer 2017: Google Classroom will be presented to the ULTA Committee for determination on how or whether to support it for University use in the future

Current Use

University Learning Technology Advisors (ULTA) and the Office of Information Technology's Senior Director for Academic Technology have given approval for The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the University of MinnesotaCrookston to use this Google Classroom for their teacher education courses.


  • Integrates with other Google Apps, such as Drive and Calendar
  • Manages access to a shared Google Drive directory and course activity stream
  • Mass-produces document clones for courses where document templates are important
  • Mobile apps for Android, Chrome OS, and iOS 
  • Learn more about Classroom features


I am not part of the pilot. Can I still sign up?

Participation in the pilot is closed for 2016-17.

How do I give input about Google Classroom to decisionmakers in ULTA?

Please send your input to Academic Technology Support Services at

Who should I contact with other questions and concerns?

Contact Academic Technology Support Services at

Getting Started

Intended Audience

Staff & Departments
Health Sciences Affiliates
IT Staff and Partners


University-funded: no charge for participating students and instructors.