Faculty & Staff Resources
In the event that routine work or academic functions are disrupted due to prolonged campus or building closures, you may find it necessary to work or teach a class from off campus. We provide a variety of services to connect you with colleagues and students remotely so that work and learning can continue uninterrupted.
In preparation, you should make sure you have tested your access to the following equipment at home:
Microphone - this may be built into your laptop or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headset.
Webcam - a camera may already be built into your laptop, but you can also use an external USB camera for video conferencing.
Internet - either commercially provided (e.g., Comcast, CenturyLink), wireless hotspot or hotspot through your mobile phone.
Be prepared! It's best to know these options will work for you before you actually need them. Test access to your equipment and resources at home before the need arises and contact the IT Service Desk if you have any questions or issues.
Tech support Online
The IT Service Desk will be hosting drop-in Zoom hours 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday March 30th - Friday April 3rd. Simply connect to the meeting using this link and a technician will be available to assist you. Join the ITS Zoom Meeting.
D2L Support Online
We have several options for training/questions regarding D2L
D2L Questions - Drop in Hours (Faculty):
At Minneapolis College, all courses have a course shell automatically created in D2L BrightSpace. Login to D2L below using your StarID and password.
Connecting to Others Remotely
Minneapolis College & Minnesota State offer a couple great ways to meet, chat and/or teach online
Hold a Class or Meeting Online
Zoom Meetings provides a robust platform for online collaboration and meetings, pairing full video and audio conferencing capabilities with content sharing and cloud recording. There are features in Zoom that allow you to replicate the classroom experience including screen sharing, whiteboards, breakout rooms, and sharing videos with sound. Log in to Zoom Meetings to automatically create your account. Students, faculty, and staff automatically receive fully licensed accounts. Once logged in, download the Zoom Client for Meetings from the Zoom Download Center on your home computer to access the full benefits of Zoom. For a quick and persistent way for someone to meet with you, locate your Personal Meeting ID to share with others.
Login to Zoom - Click on the Sign In button and use your StarID and password.
Microsoft Teams combines modern online meeting technology with persistent chat (similar to Skype), file storage, and collaboration. The full functionality of teams is available to faculty and staff, but anyone you invite can join a Teams meeting. To get started you can log in to Microsoft Teams from your web browser or download the Teams app.
Access Your Minneapolis College Voicemail
Even when you are away from the office, there are several options for accessing voicemail. Your voicemails are delivered to your email account and can be listened to from there. You can also check your voicemail off campus using the following steps:
- Dial 612-659-6400
- Press # when you hear the musical tone to enter the voicemail system
- Enter your 4-digit phone extension
- Enter your personal pin number
Contact Accessibility Resource Center to learn more about the services and support they provide to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Minneapolis College.
Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and faculty, so that they can continue their work remotely. Please view our knowledge article on how to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
Other Faculty Resources Available
On our campus and at the system level, resources are being augmented to help faculty use D2L for remote instruction.
Resources provided by Minnesota State can be found through their Academic Continuity webpage, where you will find:
Quick Start Guides - This guide provides some how-to videos and step-by-step instructions to help instructors and students perform some common tasks as they explore alternate modes of delivery.
Drop in Sessions – A team of staff members from Minnesota State have scheduled Drop-In Sessions via Zoom to assist any faculty member who may need assistance using the available educational technologies to which our community has access. A full schedule of these drop-in sessions is available on the ASA Events Calendar
One-on-One Sessions - If you require one-on-one assistance with a staff member, please use this electronic tool to reserve time with a staff member to work one-on-one via web conference (Zoom).
ASA Events Calendar: You can find a full calendar of trainings offered by the System Office as well as a schedule for drop-in sessions (see above) in this calendar.
Members of a local support team, consisting of faculty and staff, are also available for one-on-one training/troubleshooting.
These sessions can be arranged by submitting an ITS Service Request. Please include the following:
- How you would like to meet, in person, online through Zoom or over the phone?
- A few dates and times you are available.
- The topic you would like to focus on.
Weekend / Evening Support is available from the Minnesota State Service Desk.
- CTL Newsletter: Members of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are posting helpful information for faculty in relation to academic continuity
- Keep Teaching and Keep Learning Resources: A spreadsheet of resources that you can add to and draw from; open to all faculty and students to make contributions.