Working Remotely

Software for Working Remotely

Many applications are available to assist with working, teaching and learning remotely. View List

Use Zoom for Remote Collaboration

Meet with your coworkers remotely using online meetings!
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Use Microsoft Teams for University Business

Chat, setup channels and hold video calls.
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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

The BGSU VPN allows faculty and staff to securely connect to the BGSU network while off campus in order to access certain BGSU resources*. While some BGSU resources such as Canvas, MyBGSU, Office 365 and webmail do NOT require the use of VPN, several BGSU applications do.

Services that DO require the use of VPN include: PeopleSoft (CSS/FMS/HCM), Employee Timesheet, Adobe Campaign, etc. View a list of BGSU applications that require VPN.

Information regarding setting up and connecting to the VPN, as well as various request forms and documentation, are available at the link below.

*Faculty and staff should use their university-owned, BGSU laptops when working from home.

Meet & Chat Online

Microsoft Teams is an online meeting, instant messaging, file storage and collaboration tool. Teams is available to faculty and staff and includes both a web and desktop application. Windows users can download the desktop app directly from the Software Center, while Mac users must download the software directly from the Microsoft Teams website.

If you would like a Microsoft Team setup for group communication, file sharing, etc. you can request it here.

Microsoft Teams Information

In addition to Microsoft Teams, BGSU faculty and staff (and students) have access to Webex which can be used for web meetings, conferences and events and is a very powerful tool for working remotely.

BGSU also provides the Cisco Jabber application to faculty and staff for instant messaging on university-owned devices

BGSU Phone/Voicemail Access

There are a variety of ways to access your BGSU telephone and voicemail when off-campus. To check and manage your BGSU voicemail while off-campus, follow these instructions.  

Cisco Jabber is available to all faculty and staff on their university-owned laptops*. In addition to being an instant messaging tool, Jabber can be used as an extension of your university phone to make and receive calls directly from your device.

If you do not already have Jabber on your device, the next time you bring your device to campus and connect to the BGSU network, the software will be remotely installed.

*Please note: Call functionality is not currently available on personal devices; ITS is working to determine a solution.

Cloud File Storage

Utilize OneDrive or SharePoint to save your files for quick access from any location with an internet connection. OneDrive provides users with 1TB (that's 1024 GB) of storage space.

Duo Two Factor Authentication

As you are aware, several BGSU services and applications require Duo Two Factor Authentication. We recommend users setup secondary Duo device should they find themselves without their primary authentication device while working remotely. Review these step-by-step instructions for adding a new or secondary device to the Duo Two Factor Authentication service.

When authenticating, select which line Duo will send the authentication request to (smart phone app, SMS text message, or phone call) based on the device to which you currently have access.  

Paperless Signatures

If you require approvals or signatures while working remotely, we recommend using Adobe Sign.