Information Services (IS) recommends you consider the resources listed below, keeping in mind that should local and/or national Internet usage peak due to similar approaches taken in other organizations, traffic may slow or even halt at times. For this reason, it’s best to plan to allow for flexible, asynchronous response on assignments, and the development of low bandwidth uses as much as possible (limit or avoid audio and avoid video completely).
All systems listed will require internet connectivity (cell phone
service included) and may require internet speeds at least 40MB up and
down. IS would also recommend regularly updating your computer (OS and
browser) as well as rebooting frequently. Last, please be aware that
phishing scams are appearing in many inboxes with content related to
preparation for a COVID-19 outbreak.
Canvas: Westminster’s learning management system, all academic courses are pre-loaded and we would encourage faculty to start populating the courses with course material.
Microsoft Teams: Collaboration space available to all employees and students, it is a great location to conduct meetings remotely and collaborate on projects. Teams also allows video conferencing, which would be a good way to interact with the community and/or students if face to face contact is needed. IS has prepared a quick-tips guide for use of Teams – simply contact the Help Desk to have one sent to you. You can access Teams through Office Online.
Westminster Anywhere: A virtual desktop tool that allows users to have access to most academic applications that are on a Westminster computer. This resource is extremely useful when the user is needing to use administrative tools (Colleague, Nolij, etc.). Students might also use it for academic software that is needed for class.
OneDrive: Cloud file storage that all available to employees. Allowing the user to access any file from anywhere, similar to the H: drive except if you have internet access you can get to your files.
Faculty and Staff Resources Webpage: Westminster webpage with links to many different faculty/staff resources that might be helpful at this time.
Online Instructing Best Practices: Westminster’s Professional and Continuing Education department has information on best practices on organization/time management, technology, communication, and learning that you may find useful during this time.
Contact: For more information about resources or for assistance in getting course materials or documents moved, please submit an IS request ticket under the general question form. The IS support team will contact you to set up a meeting time.