Information Technology

eBooks! – TRC

Dear Teaching Resource Center (TRC) Patrons and Teacher Education Students,

We have added a new feature to the TRC online catalog that will help you locate electronic books (aka eBooks) that correspond to many of the physical materials located in the TRC. The TRC online catalog can be found here:

TRC Online Catalog

When you search for an item in the TRC catalog, such as the popular book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, click on “details,” and then scroll to the bottom to find links to sites such as the “Internet Archive” where many eBooks are available for free electronic access. Just create a free Internet Archive account and begin checking out eBooks that you can read on your laptop or tablet– and take with you when you are out in the schools! (Note that not all TRC books have corresponding free eBooks.)

Also…Purdue Libraries also has numerous books and resources that you can find here:

Children’s Literature: Finding E-Books (a resource from Purdue Libraries)

Children’s Literature: Finding Books at Purdue

Search the Purdue Libraries Catalog for all books in the Children’s Collection

If you have any questions or need to consult with one of our TRC staff members, please email us at or call us at 765-494-45677.

Thank you!

— TRC Staff

No Access To SharePoint? BOILERAD\

When logging into any COE SharePoint site, please prefix…


…to your username. And then use your regular password (not BoilerKey). VPN is NOT required to access SharePoint.

BOILERAD\ is all caps, and use a backslash “\” (not a forward slash “/”).

For example, if my username is “leaf” then to log into SharePoint, I would use the following for my username: BOILERAD\leaf

If you are re-prompted for username and password, or asked for a reason why you need access, be sure to prefix BOILERAD\ to your username.

If you still have problems…


You may need to close your browser completely and try again with a newly launched browser. Or try a different browser. For Mac users, we are recommending the use of Safari for SharePoint. Mac users should ensure that older account information is not cached in the Apple keychain.


Still not working? You probably need to clear your browser’s cache and cookies.

Some browsers have a “time range” selection for clearing cache and cookies. If the browser you’re using has a time range, please choose “All time” (Google Chrome) or “Everything” (Firefox) or “all history” (Safari) or equivalent. After doing that, restart the computer and try again, or close the browser completely and try again with a newly launched browser.


Please let us know how it goes. If you are unable to access a site, please send email to Thank you!

P.S. “BOILERAD” stands for “Boiler Active Directory” which is a back-end system that Purdue uses to authenticate people.

Connectivity problems?

This can occur for a variety of reasons such as a server, system or ISP being overwhelmed, or your home network dropping momentarily. If this happens, try to reconnect.

Some things to look out for on your home network:

1) Are you too far from your wifi router? Make sure the signal is strong. If not, consider moving closer to the wifi router. Also, consider plugging directly into your router with a network cable if that is at all possible. A wired network is more stable than a wireless one.

2) Is anybody else in your house streaming (such as YouTube, Netflix, etc.)? If so, might have to ask them to stop. Depending on your home network, steaming an HD movie, for example, can overwhelm a slower home internet connection.

It is possible that your home Internet connection can be experiencing problems, especially if many people in the area / neighborhood / city are using it heavily. This may not be noticeable when browsing the web, or streaming video/audio in a one-way download; however it will be noticeable when doing live two-way video or audio. You may want to contact your ISP to ask if loads are high in your area. You can also try power cycling your cable modem and wireless router. If a video+audio call is choppy, try turning off video and see if audio improves.

How To Collaborate Online

  1. Email – official Purdue communication
    1. Continue to monitor and respond to emails
  2. Remote desktop – databases and U: drive      
    1. Access your personalized environment and secure resources as usual on your office computer
    1. Access restricted databases with your office computer (e.g. ACAD MS Access databases).
  3. Teams –real-time office chat, video, file sharing (not for classes)
    1. Monitor Teams throughout the day and share internal communications with your office
    2. See:
  4. WebEx – video with people outside of your office
    1. Faculty and staff – 1000 connections
    1. Students – 8 connections
  5. OneDrive (or Box)
    1. share documents with staff and students outside of your office
  6. LMS – Brightspace or Blackboard
    1. Use internal messaging tools to communicate with students

For information about How to Teach Remotely, see:

Teaching Remotely Overview – from Purdue Innovative Learning


Microsoft Teams

Teams logo

Dear College of Education,

You may have received an email over the weekend about being added to Microsoft Teams.  That was me (Bob Evans).  Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 and is Microsoft’s flagship tool for team collaboration which includes chat, videoconferencing, file sharing, etc.  It is a great tool for both local and remote collaboration.  And because it is licensed by Purdue, it is secure and not being used for commercial data mining of University operations.  Teams will be replacing Skype for Business in July of 2021.

Here is a short video that gives a quick overview of Teams:

Welcome to Teams

This tool has recently become available to the campus and last week I began staging Teams for our College so people can use it if desired.

A “Team” has been created for each major department in our College.

Within each department, “Channels” have been created for each office, center and/or program.  Channels are where the work and collaboration takes place (chat, video, file sharing, etc.).  If you see a “lock” icon next to a channel, that means the channel is private and only accessible to the members of that channel (a team includes everyone, but a channel can be a subset of the team).

Feel free to check out Microsoft Teams.  You can access it via any web browser by logging into Office 365…

…and look for the “Teams” icon:

Teams icon

You can also download a Teams app for Windows, Mac OS, iOS, or Android.

Here are training resources for Teams:

Teams Interactive Demo

Microsoft Teams Video Training

End user training for Microsoft Teams

For those who want to use Microsoft Teams and do not have the client app installed on your computer/laptop/tablet/phone, you can locate the app using this web page:

Download Microsoft Teams on any Device

Please send email to if you have any questions or need an additional private channel added to your departmental Team.  EdIT is still learning about Teams and we hope to learn together with all of you as this tool unfolds.  Thank you!  😊

Robert Evans
Director, Education Office of Information Technology
Managing Director, Teaching Resource Center
Chair, College of Education Safety Committee
Purdue University College of Education

WebEx Personal Room – Primer Video

Dear College of Education,

One of the recommendations for delivering content to students is “synchronous” delivery.  The Innovative Learning group recommends using this method sparingly and focusing on recorded content using tools such as Camtasia (free video and screen recording software available to all faculty and staff) in combination with Blackboard and Brightspace.

However…if you do need to conduct live video sessions with students, and are not familiar with WebEx, I’ve created a brief 4 ½ minute video showing how to access and launch your WebEx Personal Room:

Video: WebEx Personal Room Primer

(steps are similar for Mac users)

You can log into WebEx here:

If you need help with WebEx, feel free to contact the Education IT team and we would be happy to meet with you to provide more details (see additional help links at the bottom of this post).  WebEx should work with any laptop or tablet with a built-in camera and microphone.  It also works great on a desktop computer if you have a webcam.  If you need to order a webcam — for WebEx or Camtasia – please contact the Education IT team.

For more about synchronous and asynchronous delivery, see “How will you deliver content?” on this web site:

Teaching Remotely

If you need to install Camtasia on a personally owned computer, you can locate and download the software here:

If you need to install Camtasia on your Purdue-owned computer, please contact the EdIT team and we will install it for you:

To access or download Webex recordings in the Purdue MediaSpace video system, see this web page:

To download a copy of a video, select the “Edit” option under the “Actions” drop down menu. Once in edit mode, there is an icon at the bottom right of the video window which allows download in .mp4 format. The icon is a folder with a downward pointing arrow.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.  Thank you!

— The Education IT team

P.S. Here are instructions from ITaP for using WebEx:

See also from WebEx:

Here is “recording” help from WebEx:

Once recorded, the recording will go into the Purdue Kaltura/Mediaspace system where the video can be shared with others. Log in here to see recordings:

(click “guest” at top right on the mediaspace page to see the login link)

Getting a new phone? Prep for BoilerKey

If you are planning to get a new phone, be sure to prepare for BoilerKey changes or you’ll be locked out!

Print off your BoilerKey Backup Codes or turn on self-recovery per this Purdue Today article:

Or, if you still have your old phone , you can use it to log into the BoilerKey site (using the DUO app + WiFi) and initiate a new BoilerKey setup…

EdIT can assist you if you are locked out. Just contact us at

Thank you!

~ Bob & the EdIT team