Learning remotely

Information Technology Recommendations

To appropriately plan for continuity in academic, research, patient care, and operational/administrative business activities in the event of campus closure, please consider the following:

Test your connectivity

  • Internet connectivity speeds
    • Appropriate internet speed for remote learning should be at minimum 10Mbps.
    • To take exams and quizzes online, it is best to use a hardline connection via an Ethernet port if possible to ensure your ability to complete the assessment
  • Access to all relevant systems and/or resources
  • Accessing meetings via Zoom to gain familiarity with the tool and its capabilities
    • Create a basic Zoom account to get started
    • A webcam and headphones with microphone are strongly recommended

Public vs. private systems/resources

Some of our systems and/or IT resources will require VPN access in order to securely access certain internal resources while outside the office/campus.  VPN uses encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that data cannot be intercepted.

For information about which services / systems require VPN, please refer to the intranet page (requires login).

No VPN Required  VPN/Secured Access Required
Canvas Learning Management System Departmental file shares / mapped drives
Bridge Compliance Training Application  NextGen for UNT Health
Curriculum Management Application (TCOM) NextGen for Correctional
Accellion & Box File Transfer tools Animal Lab Application
Ideate Willed Body Application
Axiom budget software Application Extender
My.hsc.unt.edu Myfs.unt.edu (Purchasing)
Account Management System (ams.unt.edu)
IClicker Classroom Response System

Information security considerations

Follow best practices when working remotely:

  • Use a VPN
  • Make sure the device you use has an updated operating system, is patched, and has updated antivirus software.
  • Avoid using personal devices for UNTHSC work.
  • Do not let family members and children use devices designated or used for UNTHSC work.
  • Avoid mixing work activities with personal computing use.

Be wary of phishing scams or malware attacks using this event to compromise credentials or spread ransomware.  Many phishing attempts may use official looking, CDC, government, or UNTHSC/UNT logos or information to trick users into a false sense of security or urgency.

  • Remember the [EXT] tag in the subject to denote an external sender vs. an internal user.
  • Confirm any unusual requests using a secondary method outside of email.
  • Be vigilant in interpreting the authenticity of email messages
    • Check the actual sending email address
    • Avoid clicking on links or attachments from unknown or unexpected senders.
  • Report any questionable or suspicious messages to abuse@unthsc.edu

Support resources

Please contact our IT helpdesk for assistance: