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Working Remotely - Faculty/Staff


  • Be prepared - take your laptop, charging cable, and any other equipment you may need to work remotely home every day.

  • Have your passwords accessible from home. Use LastPass to store your passwords so they can be accessed from home/mobile.

  • Proactively test your capability for reliable remote access. This may include testing your home network connection as well as remote access to critical applications and on-campus systems.

Zoom Meetings

Many departments have Zoom accounts. Please check with your ITS partner for more information. email to request an account.

Online Meetings - Teams

  • All staff members can create a Teams Meeting and invite colleagues to the meeting.

  • A Teams meeting can be created from the Outlook calendar. Click ‘New Teams Meeting’ and send an invite as you would do for an in person event.

    Screenshot Adding a Teams Meeting in Outlook.

  • Can also be created through Teams. Watch Video Tutorial. 

  • Invitees will receive a calendar invite to the Teams meeting.

  • Invitees will be able to click to Join the meeting (which will open up Teams). They can also join the meeting over the phone (audio only). Help Doc for How to Join a Meeting.

  • ‘Meet Now’ feature allows you to host a Teams meeting on the fly.

  • **Practice having a Teams meeting with your co-workers. Test your audio/video on your laptop. 

  • Tips for Meeting with Microsoft Teams. 

Collaboration Resources


Communication Resources

Remote Communication Tools

Guide for Penn Law Staff – Choosing a Remote Communication Tool: For each tool, we have provided pros and cons, as well as guidance for when to use each tool.

Your Home Internet Access

Need Help?

Faculty: 215-898-2589 (Faculty home equipment purchasing guide)

Staff: 215-898-9140


More information at


Latest Tips

Examplify: Prepare your Laptop

Please review our instructions for in-person exams.

Staff: Tools & Tips for Hybrid Work

Tools, tips, and strategies for hybrid work & meetings.


Tips for Internet Access Issues:

  • City of Philadelphia - Staying Connected During COVID-19 Guide.

  • Comcast announced that Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. They are also offering deals on Wifi. More info.

  • You may be able to use your mobile phone as an Internet hotspot. This would allow you to use your phone’s mobile data to connect your laptop to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Some mobile carriers limit or charge extra for tethering. Please check with your carrier for more information.