COVID-19 / IT Resources for working remotely

In response to COVID-19, the President has announced Stockton University is adopting practices of social distancing and preparing for remote work options. Information Technology Services is providing the following information to ensure you have access to the necessary campus resources. 

Online Learning Tools

Tools and Software necessary for connecting and interacting with your online course.


Hardware:

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Webcams

While there are many webcam brands and models on the market, you should look for these key features to ensure adequate performance in an online classroom:

  • 1080p or greater resolution recommended
    • 720p resolution minimum
  • 30fps or greater framerate

 

Check for availability at:

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LabFind @ Stockton

Get directions to open computer labs, find the software you need and discover printers and study space nearby using LabFind.

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Headset Microphones

Headset microphones often provide a better audio experience than most webcams, IT Services recomends several models:

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Laptop Recommendations

IT Services maintains a list of minimum recommended harware requirements, check out our Laptop Buying Guide here.


Online Tools:

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Google Meet

Google Meet is a video conferencing app. It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform allowing video calls with up to 250 users per high-definition video meeting. Use Google Meet with your goStockton credentials.

 

Software Install Packages:

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Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is an integrated experience of apps and services, designed to help you pursue your passion and grow your business. Get apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, updated monthly with the latest features and security updates. Instructions for getting this software.

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Loom

Loom is a video recording tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share. https://www.loom.com


Software through VDI

Some of the VDI applications like Adobe Creative Cloud are restricted by course. Learn more about Stockton's VDI.

 


When to use the App Stream VDI:

You need access to applications commonly found in our campus labs. These include:

  • SPSS (contact ITS for other install options)
  • MATLAB (additional install option)
  • ArcGIS
  • Minitab (contact ITS for other install options)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Maple
  • Programming applications


When to use the Horizon View VDI:

This remote desktop is only available to students who require access to the following applications:

Instructional Tools

These tools can be utilized for remote teaching and collaboration purposes.

  • Try out the technologies below with your coworkers to make sure you fully understand how they function.

  • Test any applications you may need to use remotely.

  • VDI/VPN may be needed to connect to some services remotely, like Banner/My Documents/Drive Shares. If you anticipate needing to use VDI/VPN make sure you have had your account provisioned by the Information Security Team.


Tools for Live Class Meetings

Zoom

Conduct 1:1 meetings or meeting of any size up to 300 participants per session with the ability to record the conversation as well.  There is no time limit with a Faculty/Staff account. https://stockton.edu/information-technology/tips/zoom.html

Collaboration Tools

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Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows educators to ask a question, then the students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of discussion. https://info.flipgrid.com/

Tools for Lecture Capture

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Loom

Loom is a video recording tool that helps you get your message across through instantly shareable videos. With Loom, you can record your camera, microphone, and desktop simultaneously. Your video is then instantly available to share. https://www.loom.com

SharePoint Discussion

This site will both supplement the public resources available on the official Stockton website and allow us to share best pedagogical resources available for remote learning.  Many of you have already been sharing your ideas through various channels and I hope this platform encourages more of you to do so. http://stockton.edu/ICP


Software through VDI

Some of the VDI applications like Adobe Creative Cloud are restricted by course. Learn more about Stockton's VDI.

 


When to use the App Stream VDI:

You need access to applications commonly found in our campus labs. These include:

  • SPSS (contact ITS for other install options)
  • MATLAB (additional install option)
  • ArcGIS
  • Minitab (contact ITS for other install options)
  • Microsoft Office
  • Maple
  • Programming applications


When to use the Horizon View VDI:

This remote desktop is only available to students who require access to the following applications:

Staff Meeting Tools

These tools can be used to host meeting and collaborate with other staff and faculty members. For student friendly tools, please view the Instructional Tools tab.


Virtual Meetings

Microsoft Teams

Use Microsoft Teams to stay in real time contact with your coworkers. From direct messages to group conversations, teams helps you collaborate easily and efficiently. You can also have video conversations and share files through Microsoft Teams to help you stay productive.
https://stockton.edu/information-technology/tips/microsoft-teams.html

Zoom

Conduct 1:1 meetings or meeting of any size up to 300 participants per session with the ability to record the conversation as well.  There is no time limit with a Faculty/Staff account. https://stockton.edu/information-technology/tips/zoom.html

Office Software & Productivity

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Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is an integrated experience of apps and services, designed to help you pursue your passion and grow your business. Get apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more, updated monthly with the latest features and security updates. https://stockton.edu/information-technology/office365.html

Microsoft To-Do

Keep yourself organized while working from home.  Microsoft To Do integrates with Outlook and other Microsoft Office suite products and can help centralize your list of To-Do’s!  https://stockton.edu/information-technology/tips/microsoft-todo.html

 Remote Desktop and Shared Drives 

Stockton Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Stockton’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allows faculty, staff, and students to access computer lab applications, network drives, from anywhere, anytime, on any device.  Stockton has provisioned multiple Virtual Desktop Infrastructures to meet the needs of our various users.  To find out which works best for your needs, visit: http://stockton.edu/VDI

VPN (Cisco AnyConnect)

There are some programs and systems that require direct access to our campus network. Stockton provides VPN access to connect Stockton owned portable devices to these systems remotely. Contact the ITS helpdesk to discuss the VPN vs VDI for your work from home needs.  http://its.stockton.edu/

Additional Resources

Online safety tips, University Policies, and related links.


Planning & Safety

Working From Home

Please review the Telecommuting Technical Requires and best practices to follow during your time working from home.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the ITS helpdesk.  https://stockton.edu/information-technology/telecommuting-technical-requirements.html

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Instructional Continuity Planning

Resources and FAQ to assist faculty in making good pedagogical and technical decisions to assure the continuity of instruction in the event of a personal or University-wide emergency. https://stockton.edu/information-technology/instructional-continuity-planning/index.html

Malicious cyber threats

Malicious cyber threat actors are launching a variety of attacks capitalizing on the global concern over the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  Email and social media-based phishing scams referencing the virus (or cure) attempt to convince recipients to open links or attachments, direct users to malicious websites or deliver malware, reply to solicitations for sensitive information, or donate to fraudulent causes.  Please review the information here: https://stockton.edu/information-technology/security.html

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