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Resources for Teaching, Learning, and Working Remotely

Northwestern IT offers comprehensive, convenient, and secure services to support the needs of University students, faculty, and staff both on- and off-campus. Take a moment to learn more about available resources for teaching, learning, and working remotely. Faculty members seeking information on facilitating a remote class can visit the Remote Teaching and Learning Guidance page.

Northwestern Transitions to Zoom Web Conferencing Service

On March 9, 2020, Northwestern transitioned from the BlueJeans conferencing service to Zoom, an alternative cloud-based web conferencing service. Zoom is available now to anyone with a Northwestern NetID. BlueJeans will be retired effective, August 1, 2020. Webex also remains a conferencing option for Northwestern faculty and staff. Read More

Move to New VPN Date Changed to May 15

In response to COVID-19, the deadline to move to GlobalProtect VPN, originally planned for April 1, has been extended to May 15, 2020 to ensure that members of the Northwestern community can access University services and resources while off-campus.

Last October, Northwestern IT announced transition plans to a new virtual private network (VPN) service, Palo Alto Networks's GlobalProtect. The initiative replaces three existing VPN clients—Pulse Secure SSL VPN, Cisco AnyConnect, and the built-in native VPN services—with a single, centrally supported service, effective May 15, 2020.

Northwestern IT encourages students, faculty, and staff to begin using GlobalProtect now, and become familiar with it before the three existing VPN services are retired and no longer available. Read More

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Tech Resources at Your Fingertips. Ready. Set. Go.

Students, faculty, and staff: Review these quick start guides to learn how to take full advantage of Northwestern's tech resources



As a student you have access to a multitude of tools for managing your information like grades and tuition, plus resources you can use for academics, research, and more.
Student Resources
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Faculty and Staff

Northwestern IT offers essential services and tools needed for teaching, research, and administration including Canvas, Box, SharePoint, conferencing, telephone services, and lecture capture.
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As a member of the Northwestern community, you have access to a multitude of technology tools to collaborate with colleagues, conduct research, teach, and manage your daily life at Northwestern.
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IT Community

Northwestern IT professionals can find work-related tools and resources, join or create communities of practice and interest, collaborate with colleagues, and get helpful information.

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