Eastern Connecticut State University Knowledgebase

Work at Home and Online Instruction Toolbox for Faculty and Staff

Article ID: 534
Last updated: 4 Apr, 2024

The following links and documentation are for IT tools and services that enable a variety of remote capabilities.  Additionally, CIT offers training and support sessions. Instructions on how to book a session are in Article 543: Book Training with CIT.

For faculty who have no previous experience with any tools, the articles highlighted in yellow cover the most basic process of adding audio to existing PowerPoints, using markup, and uploading it to Blackboard. Additionally, the Chronicle for Higher Education offers a Collection of articles focused on the move to online teaching during a crisis called Moving Online Now.

CIT offers a guide for choosing a Web Conferencing tool at Article 621: Choosing a Web Conferencing Tool, additionally we have an Online Pedagogical Resource on our SharePoint site.

For Your Students

Office 365 (Teams)

You can access the Office 365 suite from home using a web browser. You can check your Outlook email, and use a variety of applications, as well as install them on your personal machine.  NOTE: If you need to use Banner for data entry you must remote control your Office PC via the VPN. 


Adobe Creative Cloud Software is available for Faculty, Staff to install on their personal machines. 


Eastern's Course Management System has tools for distributing material, collecting assignments, grading, discussion, and more. Sending email to all students in a given class works better than the tool in eWeb and doesn't require that you use any other feature of Blackboard.


Offers a way to record, live stream, manage, and share videos across our organization.


Web-conferencing software which can be used for live group interaction.
Note: students do not need an account to join a presentation, only the host (professor) needs an account.

VPN and Remote Controlling Your Office Computer 

The VPN can be used to access a Z-Drive or Common Drive, or to remote control your office computer if it's wired into the network. Remote controlling requires you to know the name of the computer. 

Desktop Phones

Eastern Desktop phones can be set to forward calls to another number and can be managed remotely.

SPSS Off Campus Availability and Site Licensed Lab Software

VPN acccess for students to use General Purpose Labs and Library computers for site Licensed software is available.

  • VPN Access to General Purpose Labs

Those faculty who teach SPSS or other site-licensed lab software, and require students to use it off campus should fill out the following form on the following article:

Note: Microsoft's servers have been experiencing significant load due to current circumstances. If the link above results in an error, refreshing the page should resolve the issue. 

Eweb (Self Service) and Banner

Eweb (Self-Service)

New articles are being created daily. If you have any additional questions or comments please feel free to reach out to us via email: cit@easternct.edu or by phone at 860-465-1248.

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