Faculty COVID-19 Online Resources

Please ensure that you have a working laptop/desktop computer with internet connectivity as well as a microphone and/or camera.  Need help? Email us at helpdesk@kentlaw.iit.edu 

Communicating with students

  • Use your Chicago-Kent Gmail account to communicate with your students  You may access your account through myIIT: https://my.iit.edu. In the top right corner by your name, click on the grid icon and select “Google Apps for Chicago-Kent” to open your email.

  • Gmail Features for Faculty

Using the Hybrid classrooms

  • Several classrooms at Chicago-Kent have been modified to accommodate COVID restrictions.  For more information about the classrooms, please see our guide: https://guides.kentlaw.iit.edu/hybrid-classrooms/ 
  • You must wear masks in the classrooms at all times.

Posting materials for students

  • Use Blackboard to post materials for your students.  Every class automatically has a Blackboard site.  Your students will be added and dropped to your site as they add and leave your classes.  You may access Blackboard through myIIT or https://blackboard.iit.edu.

Recording classes and sharing 

  • When you meet online, use your recurring class Zoom meeting to connect with your students. We have provided detailed instructions. Faculty have been assigned a license to conduct classes.  Students also have licensed accounts. 

  • If you require special recording accommodations, please contact Steve Sowle.

Need information on any teaching technologies?

  • We have posted handouts, videos, and more on our Bootcamp Website in Blackboard.  Faculty, use your myIIT login to access it.  If you’d like access and can’t get in, please contact the Help Desk. 

Available Video conference tools

  • Zoom (Video conference for all classes)

    • Chicago-Kent uses Zoom for all classes. Faculty have been assigned a license to conduct classes.


  • Google Meet: 

    • Meet offers video conferencing/phone conferencing with the ability to record meetings.

    • It is built into Google Apps for Chicago-Kent and works seamlessly with Google Calendar.

    • Google Meet can be used audio-only (if your computer does not have a webcam but has a microphone). We are trying to obtain webcams for faculty who don’t have them.

    • Currently, 250 users can participate in a meeting.

    • You can host one-on-one meetings or meetings with your entire class.

    • Instructions

Tools used for course material/Forums/discussions:

Team Projects/Collaboration/Communication

  • There are many tools available for collaboration through the Google Suite apps to which all members of the Illinois Tech community have access.
    • Gmail: Communicate with community campus members
    • Google Drive - This app stores your documents and more, allowing you to invite other users to view, download, and/or collaborate on any of the files you designate.   
    • Google Docs - If you want group input on a document, you can use Google Docs and determine who on your team will have different privileges, such as editing or viewing.
    • Google Sheets -  This app allows users to create and format spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and pivot tables online.  It is akin to Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, but unlike Excel, with Google Sheets you can work on a spreadsheet, for example, simultaneously with other users.  This app is compatible with Microsoft Excel file formats.
    • Google Slides - This is a presentation program that allows users to create and edit presentations online, collaborating with other users in real-time.  You can imbed videos or animation, too.  Users can access revision history to see prior versions of the same presentation, sorted by date and who made the change.  The app is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint file formats. 
    • Google Forms - This is a survey administration app that features all of the collaboration and sharing features found in Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.  You can collect information from users through a targeted survey, poll, or quiz that you can personalize to your audience using photos, logos, or one of the existing curated themes.  Your audience's responses are then automatically collected and populated in real time into a Google Sheet that includes charts, saving you time and effort.
    • Google Chat: Create a small group with your students or faculty group to collaborate and communicate (You will need to login to your Chicago-Kent Google Apps account)

Using Mobile Tech(Ipad):

Remote access to your office computer and H drive (for full-time faculty):

  • A VPN client is needed to access your H drive content as well as any items on your office computer

  • Chicago-Kent has its own VPN client separate from Main campus

  • Note: You do not need to use a VPN client to access Zoom, Blackboard, Gmail,, Google Drive, or Panopto


  • Helpdesk: The helpdesk is open from 8:30am - 7pm Mon-Thurs and 8:30am - 5pm  Fri. 

    • Email support: Email us at helpdesk@kentlaw.iit.edu

      • Please be extremely specific regarding what you need so that we can appropriately assign the correct support staff.

    • Phone: Call: 312-906-5300

    • Remote support: IT uses a Bomgar remote support software  to connect to your computer to troubleshoot