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These are some technology-specific questions-and-answers for working from home. 

See also:

What do I need to work remotely?

  1. A computer
  2. Internet service
  3. Power
  4. Your Drew login credentials
    1. If you have separate credentials for additional services (ex, PyraMED), be sure you know these as well.
  5. Duo approval method 
    1. For most people, this is their personal cell phone or a University-provided token.
  6. If you will be asked to participate in video calls, you may need a video camera (webcam) and/or microphone that work with your computer (or a level of comfort using your cell phone with the chosen platform)

This list focuses on the technology needs. OWL Labs includes a monitor, headset, keyboard, mouse, desk, chair, lighting and a surge protector in their equipment list. Many articles have been published with recommendations for setting up an office space at home - away from your bedroom is one common suggestion - so that you can work efficiently and comfortably. Here is one home office setup list from OWL Labs.

Google: Gmail, Drive, Calendar

Access to your Drew Google services is the same from off-campus as it is when you are on-campus: Use the TreeHouse links, or navigate directly to the appropriate link above.

If you have a personal Google account, you may need to pay closer attention to which account you are logged in to (see Google’s Sign in to multiple accounts at once page for more information).

Google Calendar gives you an option to add video conference (Hangouts) to a calendar event (if doing this, remember that you will need to be set up with a video camera and microphone - your mobile phone may work).

Network drives (MyFiles)

Use this service to reach your personal F: drive or any department drives you have access to (listed in either O: or G:)

Tip: If you download files to work on at home, remember to periodically upload those files back to the network drive you got it from, so the network drive has a current copy. 

Tip: Working within CloudPC allows you to access and edit network drive files without the need to download and upload through MyFiles.

CloudPC

There are many software services available in CloudPC, including the Office suite.

Moodle

For classes that are meeting remotely, Moodle will be a central location for important information about classes. 

Information about using Moodle can be found at Moodle Resources at Drew.

Phone Calls

Your Drew Phone

  1. Set an away message

    1. See “Drew Virtual Time Scenario” for steps on setting up your phone while you are away with the University's recommended message

  2. Checking voicemail

    1. Any voicemails received to your personal extension should also generate an email to your Drew address with a wav file recording of the message

      1. If you have not been receiving these emails, please email helpdesk@drew.edu from your Drew address - identify your extension

    2. To call and check your voicemail, dial 973-408-4933

  3. Placing calls 

    1. Calling others from your home or cell phone may result in your number not being recognized and allowed to go to voicemail. Consider using email for most communications, or see below.

Alternatives

In a situation where email is simply not adequate, consider the following alternatives.

You may have heard of Google Voice, another Google service that allows you to both place and receive audio calls. Unfortunately, this service is not available on the Drew domain (nor is it free!). 

Remote meeting options

Video

Zoom Security

Zoom has been putting out updates to address various security concerns and enhance usability. Please be sure to install the most recent update when prompted!


  1. Zoom  

    1. A free Zoom account allows you to host group meetings up to 40 minutes in duration.

    2. You have access to a "Licensed User" account with your Drew login

      1. If you would like to request a Zoom Licensed User account, please log in at drew.zoom.us, then email mrc@drew.edu with a brief explanation.

    3. Information about using Zoom can be found at Drew University Zoom Video and Web Conferencing.

  2. Google Meet 

    1. NOTE: Drew recommends and supports Zoom for video meetings. This information is provided as a courtesy.

    2. This service is available through your Drew Google account.

    3. System requirements are listed at this Google support page.

New to video meetings? Take a look at these etiquette tips from OWL Labs, or these recommendations for screen-sharing prep from How-To Geek.

Chat

We recommend Google Chat, a Google service available in your Drew Google account, for speaking with your colleagues while working remotely. 

You can learn about Chat at our Google Chat Tech Help page, or at Google's Chat Help page.

A chat room could be invaluable to an office team accustomed to talking to each other through the walls! They can also be used to share files and images.

Duo or Password troubles when working from home

Prepare Now!

Follow these steps to avoid being locked out of your account.

  1. Make sure you have a second way to approve Duo logins.
    1. If you were given a token, find it and make sure it works. 
      1. We have videos linked from the uLogin, Your Way! page showing you how to use the YubiKeys or classic tokens.
      2. If it does not work, please reach out to helpdesk@drew.edu.
    2. You can add another phone number or internet-connected device (iPad, for instance) if you have access to one
      1. Steps to add an additional phone number/device can be found at Duo Security: Managing Your Devices
  2. Make sure Drew has a current personal email address (not your @drew.edu account!) on file for you.
    1. Visit the Employees tab on TreeHouse and choose the “Update E-mail Addresses” link in the Personal Information box
      1. OR if you are already logged in to TreeHouse, follow this link to View Email Addresses
    2. To add a new email address, change the drop down to "Personal" and click Submit.
      1. OR click the link for an existing account to make changes (for instance, if you need to remove an account you no longer use)
    3. Enter the new email address, a comment if desired, and click Submit.
    4. Questions about adding or updating your personal email address can be directed to Human Resources (humres@drew.edu

I Can't Log In!

Please email helpdesk@drew.edu from an email account that is currently on file with Drew explaining the situation and requesting assistance. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible to reduce the need for back and forth questioning. 

Clocking In to ADP

You will be able to clock in and clock out of ADP (https://workforcenow.adp.com/) when you log in to the system from your laptop/computer.

You will not be able to login via the Mobile App.

If you are unable to login, your supervisor can enter your hours worked. 

If your supervisor cannot login to ADP and enter your hours, then you must email Payroll (payroll@drew.edu), copy your supervisor and list the hours and days that you were unable to enter into ADP.

Cleaning Your Cell Phone and Computer

The most important things to remember when you clean any electronic device are to (1) TURN IT OFF and (2) use any liquids sparingly. 

Along the same lines, do not spray anything directly on to electronic equipment. 

These articles offer additional tips: 

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