The University is responding to this by accelerating the launch of a product called Microsoft Teams, which will be released by the University Information Services (UIS) on 18th March 2020.
Teams facilitates collaboration by text chat, audio & video calls, and file sharing. If you want to get a better idea of what Team is, see the video: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/video-welcome-to-microsoft-teams-b98d533f-118e-4bae-bf44-3df2470c2b12?wt.mc_id=otc_microsoft_teams
With large numbers of people working from home, staying in touch and collaborating with colleagues will be a common challenge.
CSCS has worked with the UIS to ensure that this will be available to all Clinical School users at launch. Information on how to download, install and use it will be provided by UIS at launch. Teams is managed and supported by the UIS Service Desk; CSCS will offer assistance on a best endeavours basis.
Laptops have webcams and microphones built in, but If you plan on using a home desktop PC for collaboration, you might need to purchase an audio headset. We recommend:
Logitech USB Headset
Buy on the University Marketplace: CUFS item# 981-000475 £17.16 (Softcat)
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-H340-USB-Headset-Mac/dp/B008S1IOCY £23.97
Sennheiser SC 60 USB ML SC
Buy on the University Marketplace:CUFS item# 504547 £24 (Softcat)
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-504547-Deployment-Headset-Binaural-Black/dp/B00E67UV9S/ £29.40
Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000
Buy on the University Marketplace: CUFS item# T4H-00004 £16.31 (Softcat)
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Microsoft-LifeCam-HD-3000-Business-License/dp/B005WU9RCA/ £22.72
Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam
Buy on the University Marketplace: CUFS item# 960-001088 £63.92 (Insight)
Buy from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Stream-Streaming-3-month-License/dp/B01L6L52K4/ £71.49