Remote Working and Learning - Tools to Access Campus Resources Remotely

This document points to resources to assist students, faculty and staff in working and learning remotely.

In order to work remotely, you may need some or all of the following:

For questions and technical support, please Get Help from DoIT.


Internet Access

Please work with a local service provider for internet service. Charter Communications, AT&T, AT&T U-Verse, TDS Metrocom, TDS Telecom, or Verizon DSL are potential options. The university does not offer personal high speed internet as a service.

For a list of Internet service providers in Wisconsin, as well as financial resources for obtaining services, please see Remote Working and Learning - Home Internet Service Providers Guide.


Security while working remotely

When working remotely, safety and security are of the utmost importance. Please be sure to keep your operating system up to date, use Antivirus software, enable your firewall, use strong passwords, and enable multi-factor authentication. For further details on how to stay safe while working remotely please see this document: How to Stay Safe Online While Accessing Campus Remotely.

Antivirus Software

The Office of Cybersecurity recommends downloading these free anti-virus software options: Endpoint Security - Cybersecurity Roadmap & Recommended Antivirus Solutions

WiscVPN Service

Use WiscVPN - GlobalProtect to create a secure connection between your computer and campus.

 Operating System Install and Connect Troubleshooting
 Windows WiscVPN - Installing the GlobalProtect Client (Windows)   WiscVPN - Troubleshooting the PaloAlto GlobalProtect Client (Windows) 
 MacOS  WiscVPN - Installing the GlobalProtect Client (Mac)   WiscVPN - Troubleshooting the PaloAlto GlobalProtect Client (MacOS) 

Communication and Collaboration Tools

Below is a general overview of the different collaboration tools on campus. For more information on collaborative work/storage options, see: What is the difference between Google docs, Box, OneDrive, and DoIT Shared Drive?. For an overview and comparison of the web conferencing tools, please see: Help Desk - Which video conferencing or webinar tool should I use? Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Google Hangouts Meet, Cisco Webex , Microsoft Teams, Zoom .

  • Cisco - Campus Phone Service

Our campus uses to Cisco VoIP for our phone system. Employees can use the phone system through a physical phone, as well as through software called Jabber. For more on Jabber, please see Cisco VoIP - Jabber for Voice Only Overview and Sign in Information and [Link for document 78622 is unavailable at this time.].

In the Cisco VoIP - Self Care Portal, you can change your telephone PIN, add/change call forwarding, change voicemail notifications, and more.

Cisco VoIP has a voicemail portal to listen and delete messages, as well as change greetings. To access the voicemail portal, you must either be on UW-Madison campus or using WiscVPN. Voicemail portal access is for individual accounts, not shared office lines. For more information, please see Cisco VoIP - Voicemail Portal Sign in and Overview.

  • Office 365 - Email Access

To access your email, simply point your browser to http://email.wisc.edu. Enter your NetID and password, and you should have full access to your university email account.

DoIT recommends using a Microsoft Outlook client to receive your mail: Office 365 - Set up your mobile device or desktop client


Work-related Software Programs

If you are a faculty or staff member, and you require specific software for working remotely, inquire with your department about purchasing a copy of the software for your home/remote use.

Microsoft Office applications can be downloaded from the Office 365 portal: Office 365 - Download/Install Office 365

Eligible faculty and staff can install the Adobe Creative Cloud suite on their personal devices by following the instructions in: Adobe Creative Cloud - Logging in with Your UW-Madison Account. For questions on eligibility, please refer to Eligibility for Adobe Creative Cloud Licensed By UW System's ETLA.

Other software programs are available through the Campus Software Library, like Matlab, Smart Draw, and more. For information on access to software while working remote, please see Remote Working and Learning - How to Get Software While Remote.


Remote Desktop Access to your Work PC

Certain departments allow remote desktop access so that employees can access their work computer remotely. Access to this service varies by department, operating system, and various other factors.  Contact your local IT support staff for more information about whether this option is available to you and for assistance with setup.

For more questions and technical support, please Get Help from DoIT.

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