A list of resources and tools to assist you with work.
Keep Working - Resources & Tools
Adobe Sign is a cloud-based e-Signature service that lets you send, sign, track, and manage signature processes using a browser or mobile device. Documents can be sent instantly to receive a quick turnaround on required signatures.
CSUN's secure cloud-based file storage and collaboration solution that gives students, faculty and staff the ability to access content at any time, from any device.
OnBase is CSUN's secure solution for providing users with a complete view of information from a single system. Data and documents can be stored in one location and processed according to CSUN business rules. For assistance on how to access OnBase remotely, review the OnBase 18 - Remote Access for Mac and Windows guide.
Setting Up a Home Office & Optimizing Your Home Network
Setting Up a Home Office
Optimizing Your Home Network
To optimize the performance of your home network, review these tips:
- Reduce the bandwidth required. If users are experiencing performance problems with video conferencing, there are ways to reduce the required capacity:
- Using screen sharing instead of video when possible. Screen sharing uses a fraction of the capacity in comparison to video.
- Set your video resolution to SD (not HD). Some video conferencing applications allow the user to select SD (standard definition) as opposed to HD (high definition)
- It’s best to connect your computer via an Ethernet cable directly to your home router.
- 5G is faster and more efficient, but 2.4G supports a longer distance.
- The WiFi signal can be extended, and today there are many good equipment options.
For a complete list of tips, visit Optimizing Your Home Network for Working and Learning.
Here is a list of software resources to assist you with your work:
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- The Adobe Creative Cloud software is available for use on all faculty and staff university-owned computers, and for all students. Please note that this deployment of Adobe software is not available for use on personally-owned faculty and staff devices at this time.
- Microsoft Office
- Staff can install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to five personal devices.
- IT Software Download
- Log in with your CSUN user ID and password to access licensed software that is available to CSUN staff.
- CSUN Webmail
- The email system for CSUN staff is Microsoft Office 365 and there are different ways to access your account. To learn all about Office 365, please view Learning Office 365 (must log in with your CSUN user ID and password to view tutorial).
- myNorthridge portal log in
- CSUN SOLAR page
- SOLAR - Information for Faculty & Staff
- User guides for class rosters & wait lists, manage permission numbers, and enter grades. A good resource for those who support faculty.
- Class Scheduling Guides for Staff
- Use these guides to schedule and maintain department class data, define requisites, create combined sections, define permissions, manage supervision classes, and generate reports. The site also links to resources, includes SOLAR brief sheets about special course types, tips to troubleshoot the SOC, and scheduling requirements.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
With VPN, you have an ability to access University resources such as information on your network drives. This provides you with a safe way of accessing your applications and files as though your computer or mobile device was on campus. Faculty, staff, and students can access on-campus services through CSUN's VPN, GlobalProtect. For more information, visit the Virtual Private Network page.
Web-One resources and links to access your web pages remotely:
Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom is a video-conferencing application where many individuals can join the same meeting and share audio and video. It also allows for screen sharing and presentation mode. There is also the option to record the session to your computer or to the cloud so that you can upload or link to it within Canvas for individuals to view on demand.
Equipment you will need:
- A device with a good internet connection
- Headphones or earbuds (optional)
- Microphone (if possible, a separate microphone can be better than your device’s built-in)
- Web camera (optional, preferred for face-to-face contact)
Check out our recommended Zoom hardware page for more specifics
- To start closed captioning in a Zoom meeting.
- Getting Started with Closed Captioning in Zoom (Overview)
- Zoom recordings can be uploaded to YouTube and automatically captioned. Captions will not be 100% accurate but it is a good starting point. To upload to YouTube, you will need to create a YouTube channel. For instructions, visit Create a New Channel.
How to Keep Your Zoom Sessions Secure
- To protect your Zoom sessions, visit How to Keep Your Zoom Sessions Secure.
Tips and Tricks:
- As the host of the Zoom meeting, you can mute participants when their background noise becomes distracting.
- Zoom has a breakout room feature that allows you to put students into small groups and then bring them back for large discussion.
- View our Zoom best practices page for more.
- Zoom has ramped up capacity to support the many tens of thousands of additional meetings that are going on around the world, but a few things should be considered:
- If you experience issues while using Zoom, it could be the quality of your internet connection. Confirm that you have a strong connection and if others are streaming at the same time, utilizing the same router, perhaps the less critical usage can be rescheduled for another time.
- There is a known issue with the phone bridge. Please use web links for Zoom meetings at this time.
User Guides & Other Resources
- Zoom Basics (.pdf)
- Zoom: Getting Started (Guides and Videos)
- Live Training, Recorded Training, and Zoom Meetings for Education Training
To get started, visit the Zoom page.
Last Update: 04/27/20 - 12:39 p.m.