Additional resources can be found on the university's site: keeplearning.wfu.edu
There are a variety of tools that your instructors may use to facilitate remote teaching and learning. The materials included here are intended to familiarize students with technologies that will be used by instructors to facilitate remote learning.
For assistance with any of the technologies listed below, please contact the School of Business Help Desk at 336.758.4126 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
School of Business IT Department Support Policy During a Campus Closure
Test your equipment
We recommend you test the following equipment at home to be prepared to interact remotely:
- Laptop or desktop computer.
- Microphone & Speakers/Headphones – these may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset.
- Webcam – a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera.
- Internet – either commercially provided (e.g., Spectrum, Windstream) or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone (which uses cellular data).
- VPN - for accessing resources such as the HPC or accessing Google in countries with Internet restrictions
Webex (live classes)
Available to all faculty, students, and staff, Cisco’s Webex is a platform for hosting and attending online meetings and presentations, webinars, training, and online presentations. You can join a meeting using your browser, the Webex desktop app, or your mobile device. Key functions include screen sharing, audio/video, chatting, and recording capabilities.
- Login to webex.wfu.edu
- WATCH VIDEO: How students connect to Webex Remote Classes
- Action: Launch a Webex Test meeting to Test your Laptop
- Article: Joining a Meeting hosted by WFU
- Article: Webex Overview
Canvas (collaboration and assignment management)
Canvas is the university's current Learning Management System (LMS). It has many features for collaboration, including: document distribution, a gradebook, discussion, live chat, assignment uploads, and online testing.
VoiceThread (create video presentations for assignments)
If you are asked to create a video presentation for an assignments, you can use VoiceThread. VoiceThread is a highly flexible, collaborative environment for video, voice, images, and common documents. VoiceThread presentations include narration using text, audio, or webcam, and the ability to allow others to view and comment.
Access from countries with Internet Restrictions
If you are currently in a country that does not allow access to Google and other WFU resources, please follow the steps in this article to request "VPN for Restricted Countries".