In the event students need to utilize distance learning, it is important that academic activities can continue. Become familiar with the TU technology tools that make remote learning possible.
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, some data plans allow the phone to become a mobile hotspot (tethering). Check www.towson.edu/wireless for options to explore.
Faculty are encouraged to design activities for mobile devices, so consider downloading the Blackboard app. Depending on the course and nature of assignments, using only a smart phone or tablet might be challenging. If it's difficult to participate due to device or Internet service limitations, let your professors or Student Affairs know. They might be able to connect you with helpful resources.
- For general communication with members, consider a WordPress (PDF) site which can be requested through Involved@TU.
- Online meetings can be scheduled and attended using WebEx Meetings and Webex Teams. Learn about the difference in features.
- To share and work collaboratively on files, use your Office 365 OneDrive or the GoogleDrive associated with your student Gmail account. Student organizations can use a SharePoint site, a group OneDrive space, assigned through the group’s faculty/staff advisor.
- You can also request a virtual “Ask Me Anything” session, and SCS will help your student group figure out what works best for your organization.
Learn more about cyberthreats through OTS' Office of Information Security, keep your OS and antivirus software updated, and be aware of email phishing attempts. Forward suspicious emails to phishing AT_TOWSON for feedback and to protect TU. Use an antivirus program; Microsoft Windows Defender and Avira Antivirus for MacOS are both free.
Virtual Workspace (PDF) can be accessed three different ways: web browser, locally installed client, and mobile device. You’ll get the best performance by installing and running the Horizon client on your personal home computer, particularly for resource intensive applications such as SPSS or ArcGIS. Log into https://vw.towson.edu, select Horizon Client from the top of the applications grid, and follow the installation instructions.
If you need to record a slideshow (e.g., PowerPoint) with narration and webcam presenter video, consider one of these tools. Each allows you to combine your computer screen, microphone, and webcam feed into a single video product.
- Panopto Recorder – Record directly to a Panopto assignment folder in your Blackboard course. For this to work, your professor must first enable an assignment folder in the course. See Adding Video to an Assignment Folder (PDF / video) and the Panopto Quick Reference Guide (PDF).
- Screencastify – use this simple Google Chrome browser extension to record screencasts. Video can be saved as MP4 and/or shared via most online services. Download Screencastify.
- TechSmith Capture – (formerly Jing) is a free, user-friendly application for recording screencasts. It includes 2GB of web storage from which you can share your recordings. Download TechSmith Capture.
- Sceencast-o-matic – get free and premium editions of this long-running screencast recording tool. Download Screencast-o-matic.
- Contact Student Computing Services to connect directly with our staff.
- Request a virtual Ask Me Anything session for your student group, whether it’s an SGA-affiliated organization or a class project group. SCS staff will answer questions about any technology topic that affects you. Email scs AT_TOWSON to get started.