New Google Collaboration Tool: Team Drives

Author: Lenette Votava

Google will be introducing Team Drives, a new collaboration tool beginning Monday, January 8, 2018. This new tool simplifies managing shared files for department and project teams, clubs, groups, committees, etc.

Team Drives is located within Google Drive, and will display beneath your My Drive space in your Google Drive. Anyone who manages files for groups or teams can take advantage of these benefits:

  • Ownership: Files in Team Drives are owned by the file space, not an individual. If a member leaves the group, the files are still accessible by all remaining members
  • Organization: The file and folder organization in a Team Drive is identical for each member of that Team Drive.
  • Search: You can search for files and folders within a specific Team Drive.

Find out more about Team Drives, and if it’s right for you. Go to the FAQ page.

You can also take advantage of informative Team Drives demonstration/question-and-answer sessions and hands-on training. The dates and times are listed below. Registration is not required.

Team Drives Demonstration/Q&A Sessions

These are one-hour sessions.

December 2017

  • Tue, Dec 5 from 3:00-4:00pm, Auditorium, Eck Visitors Center
  • Wed, Dec 13 from 2:30-3:30pm, Lower Level, Grace Hall

January 2018

  • Tue, Jan 9, 10:30-11:30am, Room 200, Main Building
  • Tue, Jan 16 , 11:00am-noon, Lower Level, Grace Hall
  • Wed, Jan 17, 9:00-10:00am, Room 132, Corbett Family Hall
  • Wed, Jan 24, 10:00-11:00am, McNeil Room, LaFortune Student Center
  • Tue, Jan 30, 2:30-3:30pm, Room B101, Jenkins-Nanovic Halls

February 2018

  • Fri, Feb 2, 11:00am-noon, McNeil Room, LaFortune Student Center
  • Wed, Feb 7, 10:00-11:00am, Auditorium, Eck Visitor Center
  • Tue, Feb 13, 2:00-3:00pm, Room 132, Corbett Family Hall
  • Wed, Feb 21, 3:00-4:00pm, Room 200, Main Building

Team Drives Hands-On Training Classes (sign up through Endeavor)

It is recommended that you have prior experience working in Google Drive before attending this training class. To register for Google Drive training classes, go to and search for Google Drive.

January 2018

  • Wed, Jan 10, 9:30-11:30am
  • Thu, Jan 11, 2:30-4:30pm
  • Mon, Jan 15, 2:30-4:30pm
  • Tue, Jan 23, 9:30-11:30am

February 2018

  • Tue, Feb 6, 2:30-4:30pm
  • Thu, Feb 15, 9:30-11:30am

March 2018

  • Thu, Mar 1, 2:30-4:30pm
  • Tue, Mar 13, 9:30-11:30am

April 2018

  • Wed, Apr 11, 9:30-11:30am

May 2018

  • Wed, May 2, 2:30-4:30pm