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Planning Guide for Faculty

Do these things now

  1. Update your contact information
  2. Talk to your department head about which of your duties could be completed off-campus
  3. Make a list of the tools you would need to work off-campus
  4. Make sure you have an active CougarNet account and update your password
  5. Identify your departmental technology providers
  6. Determine how you will communicate with your students
  7. Complete the planning checklist below

Checklist Overview

  1. Identify the tools you'll need to work off-campus
  2. Identify the files you'll need to work on
  3. Maintain security practices when working off-campus

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Identify the tools you'll need to work off-campus

CougarNet Accounts

To access many UH tools, including the Virtual Private Network (VPN), you'll need a CougarNet account. If you already have a CougarNet account, update your password before you have to start working off-campus.

Virtual Private Network

To work off campus, you may need access to the UH Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN requires an active CougarNet account. Use the list below to decide if the applications you use require VPN.

Tool Needs VPN Notes
Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word, Access) No You'll still need VPN access to get to shared network folders.
Email.uh.edu No
Other email clients No
Voicemail No Phone; mailbox number (usually extension) and password
PASS / MyUH
(PeopleSoft)
No
Blackboard No
Home Drives
(H: Drives)
Yes Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to your H: Drive, once you have VPN running.
On-campus Shared Network Folders Yes Get Help Answer #405 can help you connect to shared network folders on campus, once you have VPN running.
SharePoint Yes  
Web Server Yes SFTP & SSH
Remote Desktop Yes Remote computer access
for Windows users
VNC Yes Remote computer access
for non-Windows users

These UH websites do not require VPN:

Equipment

You may need special equipment to complete your duties off-campus. Your department head can determine what you need to maintain the same level of service. Talk to your department head before a situation forces you to work off-campus.

Collaboration Tools

UIT provides and sponsors multiple services to faculty, students and staff to enable collaboration whether you're on or off-campus.

Tool Needs VPN Notes
Blackboard No
Class mailing lists Yes
Conference Bridge No For more information go to Off-Campus Conferencing
IT Twitter No

Step 2: Identify the files you'll need to work on

If you're working with files located in shared folders on the campus network, you will need VPN installed and running on your off-campus computer. In some cases, you may be able to use remote desktop to access shared files. Contact your departmental IT support person for more information about using remote desktop to access shared files.

Step 3: Do you need to use an application or departmental tool not listed above?

For college/department specific software, please contact your college/department support person. For further assistance, please contact the UIT Support Center by calling 713-743-1411 or sending email to support@uh.edu.

Step 4: Remember Security when working off-campus

For more about Information Security, you can visit our IT Security web site or the Texas DIR IT Security web site.