MSU Guide to Remote Access

Below are guides for remote learning, teaching and working.

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If after reviewing the site you still need assistance, please reach out to David Howe via email at or in MS Teams.

If you know of students in CANR who are having internet connectivity issues, please contact Dorcia Chaison via email at or in MS Teams.

Remote teaching trainings

Facilitators from colleges across MSU, the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, and IT will host a series of daily trainings and workshops on remote teaching via Zoom.

  • Spartan Fireside, 9 to 10 a.m. – Join Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching Learning and Technology, Mark Largent, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and others from across MSU for a chance to keep building Spartan community as we make the move to remote teaching. Bring your ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU faculty, students and staff.
  • The Teachers’ Lounge, 11 a.m. to noon – Join educators from across MSU as they discuss specific topics related to remote teaching and keep building Spartan educator community. Bring your ideas, questions and needs. Open to all MSU educators.
  • Office Hours, 3 to 5 p.m. - These open, drop-in hours provide a chance for you to bring your specific questions about moving to remote teaching. Open to all MSU educators.

To join via Zoom:


CANR HR services remain available to support your work even if you are working remotely. Please feel free to contact us by phone, email or request a Zoom meeting to discuss questions or problems that you are encountering. We are here to help!

  • Quentin Tyler, acting associate dean for Administrative and Faculty Affairs;; 517-884-7006
  • Renee Gagnier, CANR human resources director;; 517-353-8873
  • Richard (Richie) Chester; administrative business professional;; 517-884-7007

Our phones are being forwarded to our remote work sites.

Please feel free to contact us by phone or email. We will be happy to set up a Zoom link to discuss issues that cannot be handled by phone or email.

Employment-related FAQs regarding novel coronavirus

Virtual Meeting Considerations

Below are some considerations to help make virtual meetings accessible and secure for all.

If a person is not speaking in a virtual meeting, they should mute their audio and stop their video to avoid screen flipping that can distract from the person speaking, as well as cause audio feedback that can interfere with the content of the meeting.

Live captioning is a feature within virtual meetings in Microsoft Teams that can provide real-time captions when selected to those who are viewing the calls. It is not perfect, but can be a helpful starting place. If people have trouble with the live captioning, the feature to record the call is available so that people could listen to the call later or use separate assistive technology.

Provide agendas prior to a virtual meeting to help set expectations and for tracking of items during a meeting.

It can be difficult for people to focus on two types of conversations happening at once. This can be common in a virtual meeting that also has an associated chat function happening simultaneously. Trying to flip between the chat and video, as well as follow the audio conversation can be incredibly difficult, particularly for someone who uses assistive devices.

People should avoid eating or covering their mouths during virtual meetings. This can impact audio quality, cause feedback, and make it harder for someone who may rely on lip reading to understand important aspects of the conversation.

When using the Zoom platform, make sure to secure your meeting so people who aren't invited don't have access. Two tips include using randomly created Zoom links for each meeting and enabling password protection to enter a meeting. (Zoom has more information in its post, How to Keep Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event.)