SharePoint is a cloud-based service, hosted by Microsoft, which provides businesses and groups with a secure place for team collaboration, document storage, and content management. SharePoint is the platform that provides storage that users can access via OneDrive, Microsoft Teams, and other Microsoft 365 applications. SharePoint is part of Microsoft 365.
What is SharePoint?
How to access SharePoint
At Indiana University, SharePoint is primarily used as the storage behind Microsoft Teams. There are two ways that users may request access to SharePoint at IU:
Microsoft Teams at IU is a collaboration tool that provides storage, chat, calls, virtual meeting space, and more in a single application. The storage that most users associate with Microsoft Teams is provided by a SharePoint site associated with the team.
To create a new team, visit the Storage at IU page.
Users who require storage space or other SharePoint services without the collaboration and communication features of a Microsoft Teams team may request a SharePoint site as a standalone service. Users have two options, a Collaboration Site (best for specific team projects) and a Communication Site (best for a few creators and many customers/clients).
To learn more about the two different options available, see Team Site vs. Communication Site - Which one should I choose?
NOTE: A "Team Site" in Microsoft's documentation is called a "Collaboration Site" in the SharePoint at IU service.
To create a new SharePoint site, visit the Storage at IU page.
Training for new users of SharePoint
There are various online training options, both video- and text-based, for SharePoint.
The following training opportunities are available from Microsoft for beginner- to intermediate-level users:
From the IU Knowledge Base
Explore related topics on the IU Knowledge Base. Visit kb.iu.edu, log in, and search "SharePoint."
Training for advanced users of SharePoint
Microsoft Training provides resources created by Microsoft on a variety of Microsoft products. Simply search for "SharePoint" to find related topics.