Answered By: Anne Marie Gruber Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020 Views: 76
(Instructors: Per March 24 Office of University Relations email--
Please note that https://it.uni.edu/remote includes information about "low bandwidth teaching". See also resources from the Center for Excellence on Teaching & Learning, CETL. Instructors are also asked to provide alternative methods for students to receive class materials and to complete assignments if they are unable to access the technology you have identified for your online course design. **All faculty are asked to notify Dean of Students staff via this online form of individual students who have expressed concerns or difficulty with their access to technology, even if you have already accommodated their needs in your course.**)
Laptops/devices: See this UNI IT webpage for instructions to request a first-come, first-served laptop you may take home. Rod Library's 3-hour laptops have now been transitioned to long-term laptops and are checked out through IT.
For technical support for UNI laptops, contact UNI IT directly via https://it.uni.edu/support (includes live chat), email ticket via https://servicehub.uni.edu/, or via phone at (319) 273-5555.
Your local public library also has computer access in their building, as well as printing (sometimes for a small fee). Contact them directly for information and note that some public libraries have closed.
WiFi: Your local public library may offer WiFi access. Again, contact them directly for information and open/closed status/hours. Iowa public libraries have been asked to boost their WiFi signals to extend to parking lots, so that may be possible in some locations.
Iowa State University Extension offices in each of Iowa's 99 counties have high-speed internet. Contact them directly to determine usage privileges, hours, etc.
If you live near another academic institution, you may be able to access their campus guest WiFi or use Eduroam if it is an Eduroam campus like UNI (see list below). Each campus will differ in what, if any, wifi they offer for guests.
A smartphone may also be able to serve as a wireless hotspot. Note that charges may apply if you do not have unlimited data. Contact your plan carrier for more information.
Printing: At this time, the UNI IT Service Desk in ITTC 36 is open and students may go there if they need to print.
Other: There are a number of tools to make remote work easier, including scanning apps such as Genius Scan (creates pdfs with a smartphone) and speech-to-text software for phones and/or computers (see list below). Zoom video conference also has an app as well as a phone-only call-in option for live meetings.