Working and Learning Remotely - Students

This article provides overview information for attending classes and doing class work remotely.  

Before You Start 

You must activate your account first before you can use Zoom or BlueJeans. You'll need the following: 

  • Access to the internet
  • Computer, tablet or smartphone
  • PennKey account and password

Attending Class Remotely Using Video Conferencing 

Most Wharton classes have an online component. Use these directions to get yourself set up and oriented. See the Related Articles below for more in-depth information on these and other resources.

Set Up and Authorization

You'll need Zoom, and possibly BlueJeans, activated (and preferably installed on your computer or mobile device) to participate in class. Before using Zoom or BlueJeans for the first time you must activate and authorize your account:

Zoom Activation and Authorization

This one-time set of steps should result in seeing a list of upcoming, in-progress, and recorded Zoom Meetings; you'll be able to play any of the recorded ones using the Play button.

BlueJeans Activation and Authorization

This one-time set of steps should result in seeing a list of upcoming, in-progress, and recorded BlueJeans Meetings; you'll be able to play any of the recorded ones using the Play button.

Getting Started

To attend class remotely and have the best experience, you will need to install the Zoom  or BlueJeans before your scheduled class. Be sure to have the most up-to-date version of the app installed so you can access all the features. 

  • Zoom App: To attend class using the Zoom application you will need to install Zoom on a laptop or desktop computer: https://zoom.us/download  

  • BlueJeans App: To attend class using the BlueJeans application you will need to install BlueJeans on a laptop or desktop computer: https://www.bluejeans.com/downloads#desktop

  •  Web Browser: To attend class using your web browser, paste the URL for your class provided by your professor or TA into a web browser and when prompted select Join with Browser.

    Some Zoom meetings require joining via the Zoom app. We recommend using the app whenever possible.

  • Tablets: To attend class using your Tablet you will need to install the application
    Zoom: https://zoom.us/download
    BlueJeans: https://www.bluejeans.com/downloads#mobile-tablet 

For more information about using Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-video-tutorials

For more information about using BlueJeans: https://www.bluejeans.com/resources/product-video/how-to-get-started-in-bluejeans

Note: If you are unable to attend your class through Zoom/BlueJeans, check to see if the recording is on Canvas or contact your professor.

Testing Your Connection

 We recommend you test your connections before your class starts.

Zoom

  1. Go to zoom.us/test.
  2. Click the blue Join button to launch Zoom and join the test meeting.
  3. The meeting will run you through a series of tests to make sure your speakers, microphone, and camera are working.

BlueJeans

  1.  Make sure video icon is unmuted.
  2. Go to bluejeans.com/111
  3. Talk and Jean the Parrot will repeat what you said, in Jean's parrot voice, to confirm your mic and speakers are meeting-ready.

Best Practices for attending classes remotely

  • Most remote classes will be scheduled through Canvas. Please log into Canvas, open your class, and join the meeting from the Zoom or BlueJeans tab on the left navigation pane.

  • When you enter your class through Zoom or BlueJeans, your microphone will automatically be muted. Please do not unmute your microphone to limit the noise in the class.

  • All comments and questions should be posted in the Chat window.

  • Make sure you are in a quiet area.

  • Please make sure all chats are class-related.

Communicating

Productivity Software

  • G Suite - Docs, Sheets, and Slides

  • Penn Office 365 - Access to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint online and Office software can be downloaded to personal devices

File Shares

As a student you have a variety of document sharing options.

Two-Step Verification

Make sure you have the device (smartphone, key fob, or something else) that you use to authenticate for Two-Step Verification. You might also want to print out some backup authentication codes by following these instructions (the "Generate and print backup codes" section specifically).

Other Tools

Here is a partial list of University-provided software you can install/access on your personal computer for the purposes of remote work.

Questions?

Contact: Wharton Student Computing