BW Supported Academic Software

It is important to use BW's institutionally-supported software and systems.  Faculty, staff, and students who choose to download and use other applications could be at risk for spyware, malware, viruses, or having their personal or intellectual data used by others.  Unsupported programs can sometimes pose security threats to the BW network when connected to your BW email account or other BW systems.  The BW HelpDesk can only provide assistance for BW-supported software listed here or systems listed on the Resources tab.
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BW is a Microsoft partner campus.  To view all of the Microsoft applications and software available, hover over the Software tab and click on Microsoft.  

Click here to download a free copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite for Windows or Mac!


Panopto is BW's video capture and storage application.  Students may be asked to create video presentations in Panopto. 

Panopto Hot Keys:  Windows  or  Mac

BW currently supports three robust video conferencing tools:  Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.  For more details on each program, select the "Virtual Meet" tab. 


Poll Everywhere is for building online polls.  Students respond from their own mobile devices.  Review & quiz sessions are fun with PE.  Faculty should contact a BW Instructional Designer to get a Poll Everywhere account.  Registered users log in at:


VoiceThread can be used to record narration on PowerPoint presentations.  Sometimes, your instructor will have a VoiceThread that each student will add audio comments to. 

BW's "Virtual Desktop" client allows users to access most campus lab software remotely.

Connecting to Remote programs:
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The Cuyahoga County Public Library provides FREE access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly for all patrons with a LinkedIn account.  LinkedIn Learning is a collection of high-quality online training videos.

Instructions to access the database.


Click here to download a FREE copy of Symantec Anti-Virus for your computer.


Click here to view all available FREE software downloads that BW has available for students, faculty, or staff.

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