Teaching, Learning and Working Remotely
As part of Penn’s COVID-19 planning, all faculty, instructors, TAs and students at the School of Nursing should prepare for teaching and learning remotely for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Additionally, all Penn Nursing staff should make preparations to conduct business remotely.
The following resources are available to members of the Penn Nursing community. The Nursing ITS Service Desk is available to assist with any questions at email@example.com or (215) 898-5981.
Faculty and Students: Remote Teaching and Learning Resources
In this section:
Using Remote Teaching Tools as an Instructor
Planning Your Class Remotely: Suggestions and Strategies
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has created a guide for University of Pennsylvania faculty with strategies, tools, and resources to help begin their planning. View the remote teaching guide .
In addition, Nursing ITS has created a short checklist for faculty and staff to check their basic system setup for online-based course interaction. Read the checklist .
All Penn Nursing courses for the Spring 2020 semester have been provided with a Canvas course to organize course content and assignments, and to provide an avenue for communication with your students. Access the Nursing ITS guide to Canvas .
Staying in Touch with your Students
In addition to the course Canvas site, each Nursing course is equipped with a class mailing list available through Courses InTouch , which can be used to send email messages to all students registered for the course. Learn more about using your class mailing list .
Using Integrated Canvas Tools
There are additional tools integrated with Canvas which can enhance your students’ experience outside of the classroom. Nursing ITS has created guides to help faculty work with these tools:
Accessing Remote Learning Tools as a Student
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Penn Online Learning has created a guide for students to help navigate the challenges of learning remotely at home. The guide includes advice for creating a plan and connecting to Penn services for help. View the guide .
Your course Canvas site is the central location for course content, announcements, assignments, and other activities. View the Nursing ITS guide to Canvas .
Using Canvas-Integrated Tools
Your instructor may include Canvas-integrated learning tools into class activities. Nursing ITS has created guides to help students navigate these tools:
Accessing Penn Nursing VDI
VDI provides students access to a Windows 10 desktop and site licensed applications virtually, using any computer with an internet connection. Learn more about the School of Nursing VDI Service
Using PennKey and Two-Step Verification
Get help with PennKey sign-in and two step to ensure you have access to all of Penn’s student resources.
ASSISTANCE DURING OFF-HOURS:
Accessing Virtual Penn Library Resources
Penn Libraries staff have provided remote resources, including video consultations, off-campus access to digital collections, streaming services, and support. Access the Library support guide .
Staff: Resources for Working Remotely
In this section:
Using Remote Desktop Options
Penn Nursing VDI
VDI provides Faculty & Staff access to a Windows 10 desktop and site licensed applications virtually, using any computer with an internet connection. Learn more about the School of Nursing VDI Service
Remote Desktop Options
There are several remote desktop options available based on your operating system. Nursing ITS has created the following guides to help navigate these options:
Managing Email and Calendaring
Penn O365 Email/Calendar
Remote options are available for email and calendaring through Penn O365. Available options include Outlook configuration and accessing email through a web browser via webmail.
View all available options for configuring O365 with Outlook
Access email online using webmail (http://outlook.com/upenn.edu) - will need PennO365 credentials
Managing Phone and Voicemail
The PennNet Phone Service (PPS) is a web service that allows you to manage certain telephone features and voice mail options from a web browser. This includes managing voicemail settings, forwarding a phone line to a different number, and other features.
Collaborating with Colleagues
Microsoft Teams is a centralized portal for communication methods including instant messaging, team meetings, video conferencing, and file sharing. Teams is available to all PennO365 users (including at the School of Nursing) and integrates with other O365 tools such as calendars, contacts, OneDrive storage, SharePoint sites, and OneNote.
Learn more and get started with Microsoft Teams
Watch the Welcome video to get an overview of Teams
Download the Quick Start Guide to learn the Teams basics (PDF)
Watch a series of short Quick Start videos for a walkthrough of Teams
Watch the Meetings videos to learn how to use meetings in Teams
BlueJeans is a videoconferencing service that works on your desktop or mobile device. Meet and share documents with colleagues in any location. BlueJeans is available to all users with a Nursing account (meeting scheduling and sharing), and meetings can be shared with individuals at Nursing and externally.
Penn+Box is Penn’s cloud-based collaboration service for securely managing and sharing files and folders within the Penn community and externally. Users can access, create, manage, and distribute content across various device types and operating systems.
OneDrive is a cloud-based collaboration service for securely managing and sharing files and folders and is available to all Penn O365 users (including at the School of Nursing).
The Nursing ITS Service Desk is available to help faculty, staff, and students with questions about working remotely. Contact the Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 898-5981.