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March 26 - Accessing remote learning technology

As you are aware, classes will resume on Monday, March 30, and the shift to remote learning will begin. In preparation for this change, the Office of Information Technology is providing the following tips for accessing courses remotely.

Network Connections for Your Devices

Please verify that the devices you will be using for remote learning have access to the internet. A wi-fi or wired connection through an internet service provider (Comcast, Charter, Cox, etc.) is more reliable and robust than using data from your mobile service provider. Check to make sure all your devices are configured to connect to wi-fi at the location(s) you plan on participating in remote learning. If you are using a mobile device, “LTE” service will provide faster access to the internet than “3G” service. Also be cognizant of data plan limits on speeds and downloads, and any fees or charges you may incur if you exceed those limits.

Canvas LMS

Canvas LMS is the official learning management system for Salve Regina. Many classes were already using Canvas in some way before the transition to remote learning. Classes that were not using Canvas may be using it now. A link to Canvas is in the portal. In addition, you can connect directly to Canvas by visiting salve.instructure.com. There are also Canvas apps in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store that allow you to access course materials using mobile devices.

Please note that logging in to Canvas only requires using the format: firstname.lastname. The @salve.edu portion of your email address is not required, and may cause a login error if entered into the username field.

We encourage you to log on to Canvas to make sure you have access, and to see if there have been any changes or additions to courses listed.

Office 365

Most of you are already familiar with Office 365, the email provider for Salve Regina. All official University communication is sent to your Salve Regina email address, so be sure to check it often as you will receive many announcements related to remote learning over the coming days. A link to Office 365 is in the portal, and you can connect directly at office.com.

Besides email, Office 365 provides productivity software that can be downloaded and installed on your personal computer. Your subscription is valid as long as you are a Salve Regina student. A link to download and install Microsoft Office is located on the top right of the page when you log on to office.com. In addition, mobile versions of Office can be found on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. Office 365 for Macs can also be downloaded from the Mac App Store.

In addition to email, instructors may share files such as Word documents, PowerPoint slides or videos hosted in Office 365 using Microsoft OneDrive. All students, faculty and staff have 1TB of online storage in OneDrive for files and documents. Canvas LMS has direct integration with Office 365, so files can easily be shared by an instructor to students within a Canvas course.

Cisco WebEx

Cisco WebEx is a powerful audio and video conferencing platform that can be used for virtual meetings and synchronous learning. Your instructors may take advantage of WebEx to stream live lectures, have interactive discussions or schedule one-on-one meetings during virtual office hours. You are not required to have an account to join a meeting scheduled by an instructor. To test the functionality of WebEx, join a test WebEx meeting here: webex.com/test-meeting 

WebEx meetings can be held through a web browser, however, an app for Windows and Mac OS can be installed for enhanced experience on desktop/laptop computers. The Cisco WebEx Meetings app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store to connect to WebEx meetings on mobile devices.

Faculty may use other tools and technologies in addition to those previously mentioned for remote learning. If you encounter any issues with technology related to remote learning in the weeks ahead, please contact the Technology Services Center at (401) 341-7777 Option 2 or tsc@salve.edu.