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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, William Paterson University Information Technology has created this article to assist our students, faculty and staff with information on continuing their education and work from off-campus.  
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, William Paterson University Information Technology has created this article to assist our students, faculty and staff with information on continuing their education and working from off-campus.  
  
==Resources for Employees==
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==<h3 style="color:#DF7401">How to Get Technical Support</h3>==
Information on the variety of tools available for continuing remote work are available at [[Resources_for_Working_Remotely]]
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===Contacting the Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk===
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You may contact Information Technology by [https://www.wpunj.edu/helpdesk submitting a Helpdesk ticket] or by calling our IT Helpdesk at 973-720-4357.
  
==Resources for Faculty & Online Instruction==
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===What are the Support Hours===
For support with the use of Blackboard for online instuction, visis the Faculty Blackboard support page - [[Blackboard]]
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{{User Services Hours}}
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The Helpdesk ticket system is monitored for new tickets during weekends and evening hours.
  
==Students==
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==<h3 style="color:#DF7401">Resources for Employees</h3>==
Visit the Blackboard for Students support page at https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Category:Blackboard_-_Students
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Information on the variety of tools available for continuing remote work are available in the [[Resources for Working Remotely]] article.
  
===Software Available for Student Remote Use===
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Resources (for all employees) that are covered in the article include:
#Adobe Creative Cloud (available through May 31st 2020)
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*Office 365 and the variety of features that allow for online document storage, editing, and collaboration
* Visit https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Adobe_Creative_Cloud
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*Online communications tools including Microsoft Teams and Webex
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*How to access campus resources including WPconnect, Banner, and the K: and U: drives
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*What VPN is and when it is needed
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*How to access your voicemail remotely
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*Other tips and tools for working remotely
  
#SPSS Statistics (Subscription Free trial available through June 15th 2020)
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==<h3 style="color:#DF7401">Resources for Faculty & Online Instruction</h3>==
* Visit https://www.ibm.com/analytics/academic-statistical-software
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For support with the use of Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate for online instruction, visit the [https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Category:Blackboard_-_Faculty#Bb_101_-_Teaching_Remotely 'Bb 101 - Teaching Remotely' support page].
  
#'Wolfram Mathematica|Online (Available through August 15th 2020)
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Information on support offerings for remote teaching - '''including video from the recent CTT Blackboard workshops''' - is available at [[Support for Online, Hybrid and Hyflex Teaching]].
* Visit https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Wolfram_Mathematica#Home_Use_Program
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The Center for Teaching Excellence has prepared a collection of tips and best practices for teaching online from our own William Paterson faculty members and beyond. Learn more at the [https://www.wpunj.edu/cte/ CTE web site].
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While Blackboard Collaborate is the best solution for synchronous class meetings, we realize that not all instruction or academic interaction takes place in a class setting. We also offer the following solutions for online interactions, such as faculty office hours or small group meetings:
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* [https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Microsoft_Office_365#Microsoft_Teams Microsoft Teams]
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* [https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Zoom Zoom]
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* [https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Webex Cisco WebEx]
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For additional general remote instruction resources, please visit the [[General Remote Instruction Information]] page.
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==<h3 style="color:#DF7401">Resources for Students</h3>==
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===Blackboard Support===
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* For assistance with Blackboard, visit the [https://itwiki.wpunj.edu/index.php/Category:Blackboard_-_Students Blackboard for Students support page].
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===Online Software and Mobile Apps to Assist With Coursework===
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* [[Microsoft Office 365]] is available for all students.
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** Office 365 provides access to online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneDrive cloud storage, as well as access to download a full install of Office 365 Pro Plus.
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** Microsoft Office mobile apps are also available, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams. Search the Apple or Android App stores for 'Microsoft Office' to download.
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* The Microsoft Outlook mobile app provides access to your WP email and calendar.
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** [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-outlook/id951937596 Microsoft Outlook app for iOS]
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** [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&hl=en_US Microsoft Outlook app for Android]
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* The Blackboard Mobile App allows access to your Blackboard courses, and the Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App allows you to join/view classes held online through Blackboard Collaborate
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** [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blackboard/id950424861 Blackboard App for iOS]
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** [https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-collaborate-mobile/id546742528 Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App for iOS]
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** [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android.bbstudent&hl=en_US Blackboard App for Android]
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** [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate&hl=en_US Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App for Android]
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===Access to FREE e-books===
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* Visit https://openstax.org/ to gain access to free eBooks that faculty may use in your classes.
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===Software Available for Student Use on Personal Computers===
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The following software is available for limited use on personal computers and devices.
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* '''Adobe Creative Cloud''' Adobe is no longer giving University students access to Adobe Creative Cloud.
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**For students, public computer labs will be open as part of the university's reopening plan.
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**Adobe Creative Cloud Home Use is available to students at a discounted rate through https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html.
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**Active employees can visit [[Adobe Creative Cloud]] for additional information on how to access the Adobe Creative Cloud products on personal devices.
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* '''ArcGIS'''
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**For students and faculty, home-use ArcGIS is available with the university's ArcGIS contract.
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**For access to home-use ArcGIS, a Helpdesk ticket should be submitted through www.wpunj.edu/helpdesk (under the Software - Request category) by an approving faculty member.
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**Requests will be reviewed and updates on how to install the software will be provided by Helpdesk ticket update.
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**Additional information is available in the [[ArcGIS_Online]] Wiki article.
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* '''SPSS Statistics''' ''Updated January, 2022 - The University has a contract with IBM that allows SPSS Home Use for all all current students and employees.
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**Students or employees seeking access to install SPSS for use on personal computers should refer to the [[SPSS]] wiki article for download and installation instructions.
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**Students who are unable to install the SPSS software due to incompatible computers (old equipment or Chromebooks) should contact the Helpdesk to discuss potential alternative options that are available.
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* '''Wolfram Mathematica|Online'''
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**Visit [[Wolfram_Mathematica#Home_Use_Program|Wolfram Mathematica article]] for information on how to use Mathematica Online.
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* '''SAS Teaching/Research''' (Available through June 29th 2020)
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**Visit [[SAS#SAS_Teaching.2FResearch|SAS]] for information on how to use SAS Teaching/Research.
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===Cheng Library Online===
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Visit the [https://www.wpunj.edu/library/ Cheng Library] website to learn about online support.
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===Other Online Learning Resources from the Academic Success Center===
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For a list of other online learning resources, visit the Academic Success Center's [https://www.wpunj.edu/academics/asc/assests/online%20learning%20resources.pdf | Online Learning Resources article].
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This includes information on resources including:
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* Remote Live Tutoring
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* Learning Skills Help
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* Supplemental Online Learning
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* Study Apps & Tools
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* Library and Research Help
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===Science Enrichment Center Online Support===
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* Videoconferencing help for science students in real time.
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* Bring your files, microphones, and cameras!
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* See the [https://www.wpunj.edu/sec/schedules/stugrALL.html Science Enrichment Center] website for schedules
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* Go to SEC Blackboard > Collaborate
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===Writing Center Online Support===
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See the [https://www.wpunj.edu/cohss/departments/english/writing-center/ Writing Center] website for information.
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===Resources for Acquiring Internet Access===
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The FCC has established the [https://acpbenefit.org/ Affordable Connectivity Program] for eligible households.
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Information on eligibility and how to apply for the program is available at https://acpbenefit.org/.
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===Resources for Students Without Computers===
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Campus computer labs are open and available during hours the university is open. For real-time computer availability, visit www.wpunj.edu/ca.
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'''For students who have both the means and interest in purchasing a low-cost computer''', several computer vendors have low cost options available:
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* Dell Outlet - https://www.dell.com/en-us/dfh/shop/dell-refurbished/cp/outlet
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* Lenovo Outlet - https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/outletus

Latest revision as of 15:29, 24 January 2022

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, William Paterson University Information Technology has created this article to assist our students, faculty and staff with information on continuing their education and working from off-campus.

How to Get Technical Support

Contacting the Information Technology (IT) Helpdesk

You may contact Information Technology by submitting a Helpdesk ticket or by calling our IT Helpdesk at 973-720-4357.

What are the Support Hours

Summer hours are in effect from May 23rd - August 12th.
Regular work day schedules will be in effect during the week of May 30th, June 13th and July 4th for holiday weeks. The University is closed Monday May 30th, Friday June 17th and Monday Judy 4th.

  • Monday–Thursday: 8:00AM-10:00PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday: On-call phone support (Priority issues left by voicemail will receive a call back within 4 hours)


Regular Work Week Schedule

  • Monday–Thursday: 8:30AM-10:00PM
  • Friday: 8:30AM-6:00PM
  • Saturday: 9:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday: On-call phone support (Priority issues left by voicemail will receive a call back within 4 hours)

The Helpdesk ticket system is monitored for new tickets during weekends and evening hours.

Resources for Employees

Information on the variety of tools available for continuing remote work are available in the Resources for Working Remotely article.

Resources (for all employees) that are covered in the article include:

  • Office 365 and the variety of features that allow for online document storage, editing, and collaboration
  • Online communications tools including Microsoft Teams and Webex
  • How to access campus resources including WPconnect, Banner, and the K: and U: drives
  • What VPN is and when it is needed
  • How to access your voicemail remotely
  • Other tips and tools for working remotely

Resources for Faculty & Online Instruction

For support with the use of Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate for online instruction, visit the 'Bb 101 - Teaching Remotely' support page.

Information on support offerings for remote teaching - including video from the recent CTT Blackboard workshops - is available at Support for Online, Hybrid and Hyflex Teaching.

The Center for Teaching Excellence has prepared a collection of tips and best practices for teaching online from our own William Paterson faculty members and beyond. Learn more at the CTE web site.

While Blackboard Collaborate is the best solution for synchronous class meetings, we realize that not all instruction or academic interaction takes place in a class setting. We also offer the following solutions for online interactions, such as faculty office hours or small group meetings:


For additional general remote instruction resources, please visit the General Remote Instruction Information page.

Resources for Students

Blackboard Support

Online Software and Mobile Apps to Assist With Coursework

  • Microsoft Office 365 is available for all students.
    • Office 365 provides access to online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and OneDrive cloud storage, as well as access to download a full install of Office 365 Pro Plus.
    • Microsoft Office mobile apps are also available, including Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams. Search the Apple or Android App stores for 'Microsoft Office' to download.

Access to FREE e-books

Software Available for Student Use on Personal Computers

The following software is available for limited use on personal computers and devices.

  • Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe is no longer giving University students access to Adobe Creative Cloud.
    • For students, public computer labs will be open as part of the university's reopening plan.
    • Adobe Creative Cloud Home Use is available to students at a discounted rate through https://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html.
    • Active employees can visit Adobe Creative Cloud for additional information on how to access the Adobe Creative Cloud products on personal devices.
  • ArcGIS
    • For students and faculty, home-use ArcGIS is available with the university's ArcGIS contract.
    • For access to home-use ArcGIS, a Helpdesk ticket should be submitted through www.wpunj.edu/helpdesk (under the Software - Request category) by an approving faculty member.
    • Requests will be reviewed and updates on how to install the software will be provided by Helpdesk ticket update.
    • Additional information is available in the ArcGIS_Online Wiki article.
  • SPSS Statistics Updated January, 2022 - The University has a contract with IBM that allows SPSS Home Use for all all current students and employees.
    • Students or employees seeking access to install SPSS for use on personal computers should refer to the SPSS wiki article for download and installation instructions.
    • Students who are unable to install the SPSS software due to incompatible computers (old equipment or Chromebooks) should contact the Helpdesk to discuss potential alternative options that are available.
  • SAS Teaching/Research (Available through June 29th 2020)
    • Visit SAS for information on how to use SAS Teaching/Research.

Cheng Library Online

Visit the Cheng Library website to learn about online support.

Other Online Learning Resources from the Academic Success Center

For a list of other online learning resources, visit the Academic Success Center's | Online Learning Resources article.

This includes information on resources including:

  • Remote Live Tutoring
  • Learning Skills Help
  • Supplemental Online Learning
  • Study Apps & Tools
  • Library and Research Help

Science Enrichment Center Online Support

  • Videoconferencing help for science students in real time.
  • Bring your files, microphones, and cameras!
  • See the Science Enrichment Center website for schedules
  • Go to SEC Blackboard > Collaborate

Writing Center Online Support

See the Writing Center website for information.

Resources for Acquiring Internet Access

The FCC has established the Affordable Connectivity Program for eligible households.

Information on eligibility and how to apply for the program is available at https://acpbenefit.org/.

Resources for Students Without Computers

Campus computer labs are open and available during hours the university is open. For real-time computer availability, visit www.wpunj.edu/ca.

For students who have both the means and interest in purchasing a low-cost computer, several computer vendors have low cost options available: