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Helpful Tools for Staff

​To facilitate better online communication and collaboration within the entire DePaul community of faculty, staff, and students, Information Services has implemented a number of technology resources for members of the DePaul community.  These are powerful tools and we hope that you will take a few steps to set yourself up, explore them, reconnect with the communities and individuals that you may be missing right now, and have a successful Spring quarter.

Microsoft Teams and OneDrive, included in Office 365

Office 365 has great services for communicating with the university community, including Microsoft Teams, OneDrive​ and an address book that makes it easier to find and reach other people at DePaul. If all students, faculty and staff utilize these Office 365 tools, it will be a great way to connect to everyone. 

  1. Go to
  2. Login using your BlueKey login credentials ( and password).
  3. On this page, you can access your BlueM@il (, Teams, OneDrive storage, and cloud-based versions of Office 365 applications like Word and Excel. You also have the option to install the Office apps on your computer for free.​

Microsoft Teams

​Microsoft provides a wealth of online training and reference resources, which we have collected and provided here for you to get started.  DePaul students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to install and use Teams. It’s a great place to find and chat with all members of the university community.

Important Note: Microsoft Teams is now available to the entire university community including students. This means that it is important to be aware of who can and cannot access a Team that you create. Also, make sure to set your Teams to “Private” unless you want all DePaul faculty, staff and students to have access to a Team.  See the overview of Teams and Channels, along with an overview of permissions.   


OneDrive offers cloud-based document storage. It is also integrated with other Office 365 products.

Zoom conferencing software

Staff members can take full advantage of Zoom allowing you to schedule your own Zoom video conferences. Use as a replacement for in-person meetings. Zoom has a helpful option to share your computer screen with attendees.

Getting Started with Zoom

  • Download Zoom for web browsers, Outlook extension, Desktop App and Mobile App
  • Login using your BlueKey login credentials ( and password). Choose “sign in with sso” option where the option presents itself.​

A good way to create meetings: Download the Zoom extension for Microsoft Outlook and you can set up Zoom meetings directly from Outlook.

A good way to join Zoom meetings: Download the Zoom Desktop App  or Zoom Mobile App. Go to the Zoom meeting invite in Outlook and click the link to join. It will automatically move you to the Zoom Desktop App or Zoom Mobile App​ for the meeting.

Zoom offers several Zoom Education Webinar sessions each week with a live host to answer your questions, and focus on the following topics: 

  • How to download Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting
  • How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations
  • In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms)

Zoom also has the following short videos to help teachers get up and running with Zoom:

Schedule test meetings, phone calls and chats in Zoom and Teams

If you haven't used Zoom or Teams before, schedule a quick test meeting.  Invite a colleague. Follow the instructions.  Give it a try!  It's a pretty easy conferencing tool once you get the hang of it.

Test meetings, chats and phone calls will help you learn more about the different options and tools available through Zoom and Microsoft Teams.  For more information, visit the Zoom article and Microsoft Teams article in the Knowledge Base.

Get Help

Do you need assistance? Contact the Help Desk through the Service Portal or at or call at (312) 362-8765.