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Preparing your home equipment

Make sure you have tested your access to the following equipment at home: 

  • Laptop or desktop computer. 
  • Microphone – this may be built into your laptop or computer, or you may use an external device such as a USB microphone or headphones.
  • 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 (ex. Comcast, AT&T, etc), or a wireless hotspot through your mobile phone. 

Be prepared! Test access to your equipment and resources and contact us if you have any questions.


You can check your email when you are away from campus.  Check it with a web browser or on your phone or mobile device.  If you will be away from your email or checking it less frequently, don’t forget to update your Out of Office message.

Collaboration & File Sharing

Save your files online so you can get to them from anywhere.  OIT recommends Office 356 and Google for online file storage.  Do you need to work on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with your project team or classmates? Office 365 and Google support online collaboration.

If you need to send files securely, use the Vault: Secure File Transfer service.

Access to Courses on Canvas and Zoom

Getting Started in Canvas

Best Practices for Zoom Participants

OIT virtual lab computer

Much of the software available in the computer labs is also available to you.  You can install some software on your computer; other software is available through the web. Learn more about which software is available where.

Microsoft Office is available to download. Learn more on the Office ProPlus website.

Don’t forget that you can also use the online web apps from UT’s Microsoft’s Office 365 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and UT’s Google G-Suite (Docs, Sheets, and Slides).

Access Adobe Creative Cloud. Available to students through the end of spring semester.

Access to the Library’s E-Resources

Instructions are available on the Library’s website.

Access to Online Training

If you need a refresher on how to use software or you need to learn something new, faculty and staff have access to online training through LinkedIn Learning. Sign into LinkedIn Learning and learn more about online training.

For further assistance, please contact the OIT HelpDesk by phone at 865-974-9900 or online at

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