NOT TO WORRY, if the Saturn snowstorm (aka Snowquester) hits us we will be ready to support our “snowed in” AU community with Stata, SPSS and general questions.  So if we have to be closed tomorrow this is what we recommend for those wanting to connect to these and other important tools, as well as for those wishing to receive remote assistance:

1.  If you need to have a one on one consultation: Please friend us in skype (our user name is ctrl_research) or send us an e-mail to rsg@american.edu to book a skype appointment.  We can also use the Blackboard tool called “Collaborate” if we need additional ways to help you.

2.  If you need to use Stata or SPSS remotely:  Don’t let the storm stop you from finishing your project. Simply go to http://www.american.edu/vcl/ and download the Virtual Computing client (recommended option) or use it over the internet (option just recommended if for some reason you cannot download the client).  For instructions on how to use Virtual Computing go to http://www.american.edu/vcl/connect.cfm.  Please e-mail us at vcl@american.edu or rsg@american.edu if you need assistance with your Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) connection.

3.  If you need to access the J drive or your personal G drive: Go to myau.american.edu portal under the Technology option and select “Access my network drives”

4.  If you are a faculty wishing to record your class in the event the University is closed: You can use Panopto to record a session that can be uploaded to Blackboard and viewed by your students.  Links to instructional handouts including how to get started with your first recording are available online at: http://www.american.edu/ctrl/techinclass.cfm, or through the Library’s Panopto support site: http://www.american.edu/library/technology/lecture_capture.cfm.

For any questions, please add your comments to this post or e-mail us directly.