myFairmontState portal - The portal is your gateway to online resources. Here you will be able to access email, Blackboard, Library, FELIX, etc., with a single sign-in, as well as receive relevant news and announcements.
FELIX - FELIX provides access to your course and enrollment information, pay and leave data, your personal directory listing, and grade submission.
myApps - Use the WVSAO myApps site to review your timecard, employee pay and benefits information, and clock in and out from your computer via the Kronos application.
OneDrive - Click here to be taken directly to your OneDrive. You will need to sign in using your Fairmont State email account. All Fairmont State faculty, staff, and students have access to OneDrive, with 2TB of space available. Additional training videos for OneDrive can be accessed here.
Connecting to the Cloud - Click here to view instructions for connecting to a virtual campus lab computer, aka a cloud computer. This connection will provide you with the experience of working on a machine in one of the computer labs on campus while physically working from home on your personal computer. You can use the cloud to access your departmental shared drive and some licensed software.
Mapping Your Department's Shared Drive - Click here to view instructions for mapping a network drive on your computer. You will be able to complete these steps if you are connected via the cloud or VPN.
VPN Access - Click here to view instructions for accessing the VPN. You must have permissions granted by IT to access the VPN. The VPN is a gateway into the network on campus from any location, and using it provides access to systems like Banner and Argos, and allows you to connect to your department's shared drive.
Remote Desktop Connection - Click here to view instructions for accessing your office computer remotely. You must have permissions granted by IT to connect to your computer remotely. Some Fairmont State employees perform tasks that require remote access to a desktop on campus. IT staff and your department head will determine if this is necessary for your work.
|Microsoft OneDrive||Virtual (Cloud) Computer||VPN (Virtual Private Network)||Remote Desktop Connection|
|private files||network/shared drives||network/shared drives||access to your office computer|
|shared documents||licensed software in labs||Banner and Argos||direct server access, TOAD|
Fairmont State Email (Outlook) - This link will take you to Office 365, where you can log in using your Fairmont State email (enter your username at fairmontstate.edu). Select the Outlook app to access your email.
Microsoft Teams - Follow this link to download Microsoft Teams. Using Teams, you can set up a meeting that will allow you to communicate remotely with a webcam and speakers on your computer or phone, enabling you to see and hear meeting attendees. Additional training videos for Teams can be accessed here.
Remind - This app provides a desktop and a smartphone instant messaging system that is private, free, and easy to download. It triggers real-time conversation on the student's smartphone, it is a good way to reach students whenever they need help, and it allows faculty members to send announcements individually or to the class.
The demands of increased network traffic on residential Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may exceed what the network companies can handle. This may result in lower-than-expected speeds. Therefore, where possible, it is recommended to use asynchronous learning (download and disconnect) vs. synchronous learning (real-time streaming). Keep in mind, too, that not everyone has high-speed network access at home. Below are some resources that may be helpful for students, faculty, or staff without access to the internet when they are off-campus.
Blackboard Webinar Training Series: Accelerate Your Transition to Online Instruction - Follow this link to register for a free webinar series. There are three 30-minute sessions, offered at various dates and times, to cover getting started teaching online. This webinar series is designed for instructors who are new to Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate and are making a quick transition to deliver instruction remotely.
Blackboard Mobile App Known Issues - This link takes you to the Blackboard support website that contains information regarding known issues for the Blackboard mobile application, in case your students are using it to access course content.
Blackboard Supported Technology Resources - This link will take you to a website that provides more information and access to the resources that are available for instructors to use in conjunction with Blackboard. Additional information and training materials are available on Blackboard, Respondus, Big Blue Button, Office 365, and more.
WVNET 24/7 Support - If you cannot reach someone at the Tech Commons because our office is closed and you have an urgent question regarding Blackboard or one of its associated applications, please feel free to contact WVNET's Help Desk after hours. They provide us with 24/7 support through email or phone.
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