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Dropbox Launches Low-Cost Service for Higher Ed Users

Dropbox Education is a new service designed for students and faculty in higher education.

Dropbox, the cloud storage service used by more than 500 million people worldwide, has launched a new, reduced cost service to allow faculty, staff and graduate students to collaborate on files and let IT administrators control security.  

Dropbox Education offers a pooled amount of storage at a reduced price for teams in higher education. The service costs much less than the company’s plan for businesses, which typically costs $150 to $300 per user, per month.

Unlike the business version, Dropbox Education is designed to meet the financial needs of educational institutions. It is priced at $49/user/year for teams with a minimum of 300 users. A team of 300 Dropbox Education users can use 15 GB of storage each, or determine individual usage from a pool of 4.5 TB. There are also options available for smaller education teams or lab teams.

The main features include:

  • Advanced security with multiple layers of data protection, identity management and more;

  • Visibility and control for IT with tools that help manage users, monitor activity and control sharing settings;

  • Trust and compliance with widely accepted standards and regulations, including FERPA, HIPAA, HITECH, ISO 27001 and ISO 27018;

  • Compatibility on multiple devices, online or offline, with cross-device synchronization; and

  • Ability to integrate with other higher education tools and apps, including Blackboard, Turnitin and Moodle.

Further information about Dropbox Education is available on the Dropbox site.

About the Author

Sri Ravipati is Web producer for THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at [email protected].

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