Tools for Working Remotely

Working Remotely

The University offers a variety of technology-related services to help faculty and staff work from anywhere they can get connected to the Internet. Be prepared! Working remotely requires both the right tools and the right mindset. It’s helpful to consider setting up the right environment as well as getting the right tools. This information will get you ready to be productive when working remotely.

How do I prepare to work remotely?  (Training Resources)

While working remotely comes naturally to some, it can be a struggle for others. Below are some training modules available through the University’s LinkedIn Learning service to help successfully manage the change to working remotely.

For more great courses, Linkedin Learning can be accessed through the my.atsu.edu portal. Look under Resources>My Tools.

What tools and services do I need to effectively work remotely?

In preparation for working remotely, make sure you have access to the following equipment:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Microphone – this may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset. Most external microphones are usb so they are plug & play.
  • Webcam – a camera may already be built into a laptop or monitor laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing. External webcams are usually usb so they are plug and play.
  • Internet access-either commercial access or using your mobile phone (additional rates may apply) as a hotspot.

A checklist for remote work can be found here

IMPORTANT:  Test access to your equipment and resources at home before the need arises.

Here are some helpful links with information about accessing ATSU services from a remote location.

 

ATSU phone services

Accessing your ATSU files remotely

Meet and Chat from a remote location

Remote tips for your Google calendar

 

Best Practices for working remotely

If you access University information or systems remotely, ITS encourages you to consider the following:

    • Use anti-virus software and keep it updated to protect against the latest threats.
    • Keep operating systems and applications up to date by applying all critical software updates.
    • Protect devices and University information on devices from theft or inappropriate access.
    • Protect passwords used to remotely access University information, and don’t share them with other people.
    • Don’t use the “remember my password” feature when accessing University information.
    • Use encryption whenever possible when storing University information on devices.
    • Remove University information from personal devices when it is no longer needed.
    • Keep others from viewing your device’s screen when accessing University information.
    • Be aware of the increased risk of infection before transporting University information on portable storage devices, e.g., thumb or external hard drives.
    • Keep in mind that other people may be able to intercept online activity when using public or shared Wi-Fi or computers, such as those in Internet cafes, coffee shops, non-ATSU libraries, or airports.
    • Always delete locally saved files on public or shared computers.
    • Do not walk away from a machine connected to University resources.
    • Always logout of the computer when finished with your connection.
    • Contact the ITS Service Desk if a device containing University information is lost, stolen, or compromised.

 

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