Remote teaching, learning, and working presents an opportunity for each of us to create a home workspace that is comfortable, safe, and secure for ourselves, as well as our technology and our data. Here are some best practices to follow while we are sheltered in place.
Backup your data:
- Faculty, staff, and students, consider backing up all of your data into a cloud-based service (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, or Dropbox). If your computer breaks, your data is still accessible anywhere, and from any device. Link to our cloud storage comparison matrix to choose which option is best for you.
- Faculty and staff, confirm CrashPlan is running on your computer by logging into the application at crashplan.wfu.edu.
Protect your technology:
- Ensure your workspace is spacious enough for your computer, monitor, and any other technology which will lessen the possibility of your technology falling and breaking.
- Minimize the opportunity for accidental spills by not placing open beverages near your computer or other technology.
- Restart your computer every day. Given the amount of video conferencing etc., your computer needs daily rest and a restart.
Reach out for assistance:
- AskDeac – the IT help portal and ticketing system, at help.wfu.edu, provides an easy-to-use platform for WFU faculty, students, staff, and guests.
- Canvas in a Hurry – provides faculty with steps for using Canvas to get a course online quickly.
- IT Resources for Teaching and Working Remotely – provides faculty, students, and staff a number of resources to help conduct work or teach and learn remotely.
- Keep Learning – provides students with frequently updated resources that assist with remote learning
- Keep Teaching – provides faculty with frequently updated resources that assist with remote teaching