Working Off Campus: Tools for Telecommuting

The Division of Technology Services provides a series of tools that allows you to work off campus such as working remotely from home.

Adobe Reader DC

Digitally sign PDF documents.

Cisco AnyConnect Virtual Private Network (VPN)

There are certain resources that are available only while connected to our network. AnyConnect provides a way to connect your computer to the UWRF network as if you were here in your office. The primary use of this technology is to access files located on our local storage (T: drive), but there are other more specific use cases. To read about using a VPN (if needed), see: Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Note: VPN is available for student employees with supervisor approval. Please contact DoTS.

Duo Multi-Factor Authentication

Did you set up your office phone as your primary Duo authentication method? You might want to change your authentication method if you are now telecommuting.

Get to your T: drive files through your browser by going to (You don't need to work through a VPN if all you need is access to the T: drive.)

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 offers a complete suite of productivity tools. University laptops come preloaded with the standard office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, etc.). You can also get to the Microsoft Office 365 suite in your browser by starting in Outlook and using the app launcher (looks like a waffle) or going to

Skype for Business

Did you know you can video chat with other campus community members? All faculty, staff, and students have access to Microsoft Skype for Business. If you are using a university owned computer, you have the application already installed.  

  1. Locate the person with whom you want to connect using the Find someone search bar
  2. Double-click on their name to open a chat window
  3. At this point, you can instant message (just type in the box and send) or you can start a video chat. To start a video chat,
    1. Click on the video icon from the bottom toolbar
    2. Click Start My Video to initiate the video chat

Video chat does not require a headset. You can use your computer's built-in microphone and speakers. However, you may need to adjust your video/audio settings.

If you remain logged into Skype for Business, others can contact you.

Collaborate Ultra (Instructors and Students)

Collaborate Ultra is a real-time video conferencing tool that lets participants add files, share applications, and use a virtual whiteboard to interact. It opens right in your browser so you don't have to install any software to join a session. Collaborate Ultra is available via Canvas and also through the MyUW System Portal (Web Conferencing (Blackboard)).

Kaltura Capture (Instructors)

Kaltura Capture is lecture recording software that integrates very well with Canvas. Kaltura Capture can be used to capture your lectures, including a screen recording and a webcam recording. These can be easily uploaded to Kaltura online and embedded into a Canvas Course. You can get to Kaltura either through My Media in Canvas or by going to Kaltura. Here are some articles that might help:

Streaming Video Services

The Chalmer Davee Library subscribes to multiple streaming video services including Films on Demand and Kanopy.