External OneDrive File Sharing

We’re enabling one of the most requested features for Office 365.

ODFBUntil now, OneDrive file sharing to external accounts has been disabled. In our ongoing effort to support your academic and business needs, ITS is happy to announce that you can now share your OneDrive files with anybody.

Sounds great! How do I do I get started?

1. Log into Office 365 and click on Apps Launcher and click on OneDrive. (It’s a blue button in the upper left that looks like a waffle.)

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2. Right click on the document you plan to share and choose Share.

3. Click on drop down option “Only people in Widener…” in pop up window.

4. Click on Anyone (you will see a check mark) to share the file outside of Widener University accounts.

a. Note that Allow editing is checked by default; if you do not want to allow editing, uncheck this box.

b. Also, there is an option to enter an expiration date for the link to expire. We recommend entering a date.

c. Click Apply when finished with Link Settings.

5. Enter the recipient’s full email address then click below to choose that email.

a. For multiple users, enter each email address and click on the email below it.

b. When all of your recipient emails have been entered, you can enter an optional message.

c. Other options include clicking on Copy Link, which will create a link to copy into an email, etc., to send to recipients.

d. Clicking on Outlook will open a sharable link in an email (in a pop-up window), addressed to the recipient emails you entered earlier. This is a great option for when you need to attach additional files to the email, insert a signature, etc.

6. Click Send to send link to recipients.

a. You will get a pop-up stating a link to your files have been sent. You can click the Copy button to copy and paste the link if needed.

b. Each recipient will receive an email supplying a link to the file and an optional message if entered.

c. If you granted the recipient edit access, they will be shown as a Guest Contributor in the document when editing.


To remove a share

a. Right click on the file and click on Details.
b. Click Manage access (in blue letters)
c. To stop sharing this file:
i. Click on the x to the right of the specific link to end share.
ii. To stop all sharing of this file, click Stop sharing (under Manage Access).
d. Click Stop sharing button to confirm.
e. Click X at top right to close Manage access window.
f. Under Has Access, you should see updated icons.
g. Click at top right to close Details window.
h. At far right of file, you should see “Only you” if you removed all sharing.

If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk or submit at ticket at quickticket.widener.edu

Faculty – Bridge Week – Cruiser Migration- Office365 Workshops

For those faculty who were unable to attend the Office 365 workshops during bridge week in May, below are the powerpoint and recorded zoom sessions from each workshop.  We hope these resources will help you with the Campus Cruiser email migration and assist with other advanced topics of Office 365.

Day 1: Cruiser Migration – Getting started with Office 365
Presentation Outline: Day1-CruiserMigration-Getting-Started-with-Office365

Day 2: Cruiser Migration – Getting more out of Office 365
Presentation Outline: Day2-CruiserMigration-Getting-More-Out-of-Office365

Three Great Links You Should Know:

http://itsnews.widener.edu   ITS blog site where projects and other timely information is posted to keep you informed.
http://lynda.widener.edu      Free on-line video training to learn more about Office365 and other technical topics.
http://quickticket.widener.edu   Open a HelpDesk ticket without logging into CampusCruiser

CampusCruiser Email Cutover to Office 365 is Complete

We are excited and happy to report the cutover of CampusCruiser email to Office 365 is complete. If you’re a student, we hope this post will help clarify a few things about working with your new account.

To view your previous messages, go to “Archived Cruiser Email” (This link will only be available until December 31, 2017).  If you want to move these messages to your Office 365 account you can configure a connected account.

  • When logging into CampusCruiser you will be redirected to the “Widener Sign In” page.
  • After successfully signing in, you will be directed back to CampusCruiser.
  • Hover over MyCruiser in the menu bar and choose “Archived Cruiser Email”.  This will display your inbox as it was on June 4th.

Starting June 5th, your email address is now your LoginID@widener.edu. Please remember to update your contacts and website accounts (banking, Amazon, iCloud, etc.) with your new email address. We also suggest you add an auto-reply to your account to let your contacts know your email has changed. Instructions to add an auto-reply: https://widenerits.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/campuscruiser_add_autoreply.pdf.

There are a number of optional things that you may want to do now, such as:

  • Set up your mobile device for Office 365/WUmail.
  • Set up a connected account to import your Cruiser email.
  • Download Office 2016 Suite (PC or Mac).
  • Create a Read-Only archive of your CampusCruiser Email Account.
  • Export and Import your contacts into Office 365/WUmail.
  • Export and Import your Calendar into Office 365/WUmail.

Documentation for all of these tasks is online at https://itsnews.widener.edu/2017/03/30/office365emailmigration/ – StudentView1357-06072017

Finally, we recommend the Lynda.com video playlist called Office 365 Basics. Viewing this training at https://lynda.widener.edu will help make your transition as smooth as possible.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the helpdesk for your campus or call 610-499-1047.

Cruiser Email Migration: Top Trending Questions

Q1: Will my @mail.widener.edu email still be delivered after June 5th?
Yes, your @mail.widener.edu will be forwarded to your @widener.edu address.

Q2: When will my @mail.widener.edu account stop receiving email?
Email sent to @mail.widener.edu will be forwarded through at least May 2018. ITS suggests that you inform your contacts soon after the conversion on June 5th of your new address. This can be done by adding an auto-reply in your CampusCruiser account.

Q3: I have more than 2000 messages in my folder, how can I copy the rest of my email to Office 365?
Simply open a ticket with ITS to schedule migration of your remaining mail to Office 365.

Q4: Will I have access to my email in CampusCruiser after June 5th?
Yes, email in your CampusCruiser inbox prior to the migration can be found in the Archived Cruiser Email link under the My Cruiser dropdown. Email delivered after the migration will only be available in Office 365.

Q5: Will there be training for Faculty, Staff, and Students?
Currently you can login to Lynda.widener.edu and access online training from the Office 365 Basics playlist. Stay tuned for information about future in-person workshops.

Q6: How will I get to my classes after June 5th?
At this time only your email is changing. Access to classes will stay the same.

Q7: Will I be able to email from my class?
Yes, the email will be sent to everyone’s @widener.edu address, but otherwise will work just like it does today.

Office 365 Email Migration

Migrating student, office, and remaining faculty/staff accounts in CampusCruiser to a single email solution, Office 365 (a.k.a. WUmail).

Office365_logo_orangeOne of the biggest problems with University communications has been caused by having two email solutions. This dual email solution continues to cause confusion among our clients, especially our students and the faculty who communicate with them.

After the migration, when you log into Campus Cruiser and select email you will automatically be signed into Office 365. The Cruiser LMS, Offices, Committees, and Web Advisor will still be available.

There are several additional benefits for students, faculty and staff, as each of us will also receive licenses for Microsoft Office suite on up to five personal devices, one terabyte of OneDrive disk space, mobile access for all devices, and many other applications.




The project team will guide the university to a single email solution. This process will include changing the Campus Cruiser authentication to the Widener single sign-on (SSO) page. This implementation will allow us to bring all Widener students into Office 365. 

Client Benefits

  • Single email solution—and address—for all
  • Outlook calendars to make scheduling meetings easier
  • Office 2016 licenses for up to 5 devices. (Sorry, alumni accounts are excluded from this benefit due to Microsoft license agreement limitations.)
  • One terabyte of OneDrive space
  • 50GB email quota
  • Mobile access to all platforms and devices
  • Significant cost savings to the university


The project will first integrate our new Single Sign-On (SSO) with Campus Cruiser. Thereafter we will begin to create student accounts in Office 365.

March – Project announcement. (That’s this post.) ITS will begin to synchronize all Campus Cruiser accounts with our campus directory server. 

April – Any employee can request to be migrated from CampusCruiser to Office 365 prior to June 5th by contacting the Help Desk for your campus. This includes email, calendar and contacts. Personal email lists will need to be re-created in Office 365.

May – Reminder emails will be sent out with a list of tasks that we will ask all CampusCruiser mail users to perform prior to June 2nd.

June 2 – June 5 ITS and Campus Cruiser will migrate all accounts to @widener.edu and forward any email that is received as @mail.widener.edu. Students will begin using Office 365 on June 5th.  Other than an intermittent outage on Sunday afternoon June 4th, no other outage is expected.

info Employee accounts that do not forward as of February 1, 2017 will have their email migrated to Office 365. This is limited to a maximum of 2000 messages per folder.

  • Students that would like to migrate their email will be provided instructions on how to connect their Campus Cruiser and WUmail accounts.
  • All email addresses in Colleague, Active Directory, and Campus Cruiser’s Directory will be updated to reflect @widener.edu.
  • All system distribution lists will be changed to reflect the new email addresses ending in @widener.edu.
  • The personal forwarding option will be removed from Campus Cruiser. Clients that forward email to an external account will need to setup forwarding in Office 365 starting June 5th.

June 2017 – May 2018 – An ‘Archived Cruiser Email’ link will be provided in Campus Cruiser under the MyCruiser tab, available through May 2018.

All employees and students that used CampusCruiser email as their primary email account will be asked to remind their contacts to update their address book with the new email address to loginID@widener.edu. The @mail.widener.edu server will no longer receive/forward email messages as of May 31, 2018.


Should you have questions or concerns please contact or schedule to meet with us by email to ccmigration@widener.edu. Thank you for your patience while ITS brings you new services that we expect to enhance our institutional effectiveness.
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Big IT projects getting under way

The most frequent question I’m asked is “What is going to happen with Campus Cruiser?” After talking with many members of the community about your needs, it’s time to share where things stand.

Three projects in one

Campus Cruiser is really three products in one: an email system, a learning management system (LMS), and a portal for internal collaboration and administration. Consequently, ITS and its many campus partners are actually preparing to undertake three major projects:

  • Complete the transition to Office 365, including email migration, for all students and remaining faculty/staff. (~6 months)
  • Identify and implement a state-of-the-art LMS. (~18 months)
  • Identify and implement tools to facilitate internal collaboration and provide access to online administrative resources. (18-24 months)

Make no mistake: this is a huge undertaking that will touch every member of our community. But the outcome will be worth it: streamlined technology platforms that truly match the needs of a dynamic campus environment.

Where do we start?

For now, we’re focusing on the first two pieces: full migration to Office 365 and implementing a new LMS. The portal question is very important, but will be much easier to sort out after we’ve addressed the other two.

Office 365

It will be advantageous to all be on the same email, calendar, and productivity software. Going forward, we’ll all have Outlook calendars to schedule appointments with each other. Faculty and staff will finally have a single email address. And we’re excited to provide all of our students with free access to the Office productivity tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and OneDrive.

We know this is a big undertaking, but we are committed to helping our community migrate their email and get running quickly on Office 365. Our project team, led by Chris Smith, has developed a migration plan for all of us to start next academic year on the same system. Chris will be sending out more information to the community next week to share additional details about the plan.

A new LMS

There is an appetite on campus for a learning management system with improved features, a more elegant interface, and superior mobile device support.

With substantial support and guidance from the TIRC Committee, Joanne Caione-Keating is ramping up an interdepartmental project team to conduct a quick, but careful review of the current leading platforms. We expect the selection to be completed before commencement, and for early adopters to be able to begin learning and working in the new LMS this summer. Over the following semesters, we will work with faculty to support the migration of their courses and help them learn the new system.

Through their TIRC representatives, many faculty have already indicated their interest in the selection process. In addition to multiple, by-invitation sessions, there will be opportunities for any interested faculty, staff, or students to see demonstrations of finalist products and provide input. We will also be supporting “sandbox” environments of the top products for any faculty who want to experiment with the systems hands-on. We are committed to making the selection process transparent, faculty-driven, and learner-centered.

Joanne will make announcements about the project plan and evaluation schedule in the next week.

About change

These are big projects with ambitious timelines. But in my first months as CIO, it’s been clear that a lot of campus processes and pedagogical developments have been in a holding pattern while the University community awaited clear signals about our path forward. We hope you agree with us in ITS that implementing and supporting state-of-the-art digital platforms is a strategic investment in our institutional effectiveness. I, for one, can’t wait to see how much better off we’ll be once these projects are done.

All of us involved are aware that changes like these place demands on your time and may occasionally be disruptive. We will do everything in our power to be considerate of impacts on you, but we also hope that we will continue to receive the support and encouragement that so many of you have already expressed. Technical support, training, and communications are core components of our project plans. If you have concerns as they get under way, please do not hesitate to contact Chris, Joanne, or me.